Welcome to Catslair on Mono (ASP.NET on FreeBSD)

Good evening, Catslair used to be hosted on IIS running on Windows Server 2003, now we're running on FreeBSD 10 while using Apache 2 & Mono 4.0. :-)

From OS/2 (Warp/Merlin) and Linux (Debian / Ubuntu) to Windows (7) on my desktop, and now from "plain" HTML using Dreamweaver 3 to TypoScript, plain HTML with Quanta+, Java ("EE enabled") right down to the current situation of ASP.NET with C#, which you see before you right now.

The why and how is explained in the appropriate sections; but bottom line is that I still don't like working with PHP, my Java impression has gone down hill as of late (with many thanks to Oracle) and this doesn't leave many options if you want to build a 'dynamic' website without using a CMS while still insisting on using a Java (-like) programming language.

I already hear some people say that I should probably have looked into Javascript, but nah. I want server-side dynamics, not client-side "pollution".

As such we're back to some more active development.

What is this?

Catslair.org is my playground; a website which I use to try things out, and to simply have some fun with. It's also a website where I (try to) share information on some of the things I use and do, which can hopefully help or inspire some of you guys out there.

Right now it's a website with a few ASP Master pages, a re-defined general layout using a custom build CSS stylesheet and a dynamic menu (to the right) which I programmed using C#.

The site design has been set up using Microsoft's Expression Web 4 in combination with Expression Design 4. The "back end logic" has been programmed using Visual Studio 2012 Professional, you can read more about all that on their own dedicated pages.

Using clean HTML