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What is the ASP.NET web development environment?

What is ASP.NET? If I have to use ASP.NET don't I need to do JavaScript and CGI programming? And where does ASP.NET stand among HTML, XHTML, JavaScript, CSS? If I use ASP.NET with C# don't I need to learn CSS etc?

Y'know, a lot of people talk about ASP.NET, but it's surprisingly hard to find a clear and coherent definition of exactly what it is and how it fits into the world of Web development. Fortunately, Wikipedia has a very nice definition:

"ASP.NET is a set of web development technologies marketed by Microsoft. Programmers can use it to build dynamic web sites, web applications and XML web services. It is part of Microsoft's .NET platform and is the successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages technology."

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