File Extension ASHX

File type: ASP .NET Web Handler File

About the ASHX file type:

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The ASHX file extension is used in identifying the server side script file employed in handling HTTP requests and is used in the display of dynamic content. The ASHX files are particularly associated with the Web application framework of Microsoft called ASP.NET. The said application is utilized in the creation of Web pages. In order for users to view an .ASHX file's content, the users could opt to employ a text editor or else, these files would have to be automatically executed by the Web browser. Generic handlers have the ASHX file extension. They are the equivalent of custom handlers written in Visual Basic.NET or C Sharp because they contain classes which completely implement the IHTTPHandler. Like the ASPX files, they are quite convenient. Users would simply surf to them and they are automatically compiled.

Detailed information for file extension ASHX

Category: Web Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: ASP.NET Web application
Open with Linux: N/A
There is a twofold advantage to employing the generic handler. Firstly, it is more convenient to create a simple handler than to generate a new assembly that would take care of the requests. Secondly, there is no need to run an interference with the IIS or the Web.Config. However, the ASCX and ASPX files have similar limitations as the ASHX files when it comes to their function in an ASP.NET project. Alternatively, the custom handlers that have been deployed as separate assemblies could be shared and deployed within the enterprise as assemblies that have been positioned in the Global Assembly Cache.