ASP.NET Lesson 1 - Getting Setup

Here you will learn what to do to setup your computer to begin developing ASP.NET web pages.

Prepare Development Workspace

  1. Download and install the free Visual Web Developer Express 2008. (The installer will ask if you if you want to install a few other things. If you think you might want to try working with a database, then choose to install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Otherwise you won't need the other things at this point.)

  2. Run the newly installed program. (Start > Program Files > Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition)

  3. There will be one tab already opened. That is the start page that shows news. You can close that tab.

Create a New Empty Website

  1. Click File > New Web Site.

  2. Choose the ASP.NET Web Site template (but don't press OK yet.)

  3. At the bottom left, make sure that the language is set to Visual C#. (Unless you really want work working with Visual Basic instead.)

  4. Choose a location for your new website. It can be anywhere. (I recommend putting it on a partition that is formatted for NTFS because I ran into problems when using a database on a FAT32 partition.)

  5. Press OK.

Creating Your First ASP.NET Page

  1. Your first page is actually already created automatically. You should see the code for it when the web site setup gets completed from the last step.

  2. Type "Hello World" between the <div> and </div> tags.

  3. Save the file.

Viewing Your First ASP.NET Page

  1. At the top right, in the Solution Explorer pane, right-click on Default.aspx and choose View in Browser.

  2. A web server will start up. (You will see a balloon pop up at the bottom right of your screen.)

  3. Your web browser will come up with the page loaded.

  4. You should now see the words "Hello World" displayed in your browser.

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