- You can't have methods whose signatures differ only in their return values. I think I understand why it might not have been a good idea in the past, but with VisualStudio.NET I don't see how anyone could get confused any longer.
- You can split a class into partial classes. Why you'd want to do that is beyond me. Luckily, it's a 2.0 thing so I was able to refrain from seeing it for most of my development life.
virtual. I hate how you have to explicitly state which methods can be overridden by descendents.
- Constructor chaining. I wish it could be done like normal method overloading where you can have the constructor do something and then call another constructor. Again, I understand why that's not feasible since the CLR would have to divine when a constructor was being called by another constructor versus a normal call to limit object creation. But the way that it's handled currently obscures what's actually happening when it treats the called constructor as a sort of pass-through to another one.
- Documentation. This appears to be a universal language complaint. MSDN is quite comprehensive but shallow at the same time. Everything is minimally documented and I can generally start there. But I can almost never end there: I invariably have to go to places like CodeProject in order to get a decent example of the syntax in action. Even that is generally not the final word because I usually then have to go to the blogs to see if there's any "gotchas" involved in using the language construct. Oh, and MSDN does a horrible job of differentiating between .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0--something I desperately need because I'm currently working in both versions of the framework.
That was a lot tougher than I thought. I had to comb through the code to find things that I hated that were specifically C# and not ASP.NET. C# is really quite a lovely language. In general, it's the bee's pajamas.
Just for grins, here's five things I hate about ASP.NET:
- WebControls. Yes, I generally can't stand WebControls. I'm quite obsessive about my HTML and CSS; a lot of that combination's power is stripped away when you use a WebControl because Microsoft makes a lot of assumptions about how you're going to be using them.
- AutoEventWireup defaults to true in 2.0. Okay, so I just talked about this one but it's so wrong to change the default like that.
- Application event lifecycle. There's really no adequate documentation about the ASP.NET sequence of events. This article from Peter Bromberg was the best I found. I ended up spending a lot of time in debugging trying to determine what is available when in the event sequence.
- I hate ViewState. It is nothing but massive bloat and there's almost always a better way of storing data. I've also had several utterly inexplicable errors caused by ViewState corruption or changing.
- PostBack. There's a reason why the
<form>tag has an
That one was a whole lot easier. I had to limit myself to just five.