dataguy - 6:26 pm on Nov 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
As an update to this, I've recently (two months ago) got into jQuery in a big way. I believe what I've found is the technological 'sweet spot'. I can use .NET for the backend functions, i.e. web services, caching, authentication and connecting to the database server, and I use jQuery for the presentation layer.
I've been building websites for 15+ years and I can easily state that I've built pages in the past few weeks that are astounding, pages that function in ways I never thought possible for a web page. I've had co-workers stop by my desk just to watch what I'm working on, literally with their jaws-dropping.
I'm sure there are php/MySQL equivalents to what I'm doing, but I haven't seen them anywhere.
I'm now working in the medical document management industry, and although I have not yet released any of this new software, I'm hearing reports of Dr.'s using the beta versions of my software over and over again just because they say, 'it's so beautiful.' I know jQuery is not a .NET technology, but it sure seems to work well with .NET. I think I've found my niche!