With my sincerest apologies to the PHP crowd, I’d like to pose a question: Can we finally bid a long-overdue farewell to the messy business of building applications by sprinkling script code among HTML? Can Web development finally move out of the dark ages and into the realm of compiled code? Is it time for scripting to finally die?

I’m already on record saying that scripting is unclean and backward. I have a sneaking suspicion, based on poll results and discussion posts, that I’m not alone in thinking it’s time for scripting to go the way of the dodo bird. Enough already, scripting is so 90s!

While I won’t claim that Microsoft originated the idea, to my mind, ASP.NET has to get most of the credit for the death knell I’m ringing for Web scripting. By giving Web heads access to the same tools “real” developers have been using for years—compiled code written in a strongly typed, object-oriented programming language—ASP.NET gives these folks both respect and new capabilities. As Builder.com member jeffyjones succinctly put it, “…using ASP.NET makes you feel like a real programmer instead of a script kiddie.”

Does scripted development still have its place?
If scripted Web development still has a place outside simply maintaining existing applications, I just can’t see it. Whether you agree with me or not, I’d like to know what you think. Join the discussion below.