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What do I need to start working with ASP.NET?

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Answer: ASP.NET was officially released in mid-January 2002. ASP.NET can be downloaded from http://www.asp.net/download.aspx. The ASP.NET download comes in two flavors:

-- A minimalistic one that contains just the essential files needed to start using ASP.NET (~20 mb)
-- A version with a plethora of samples, documentation, and extra tools (~130 mb)

To run ASP.NET you need to be using Windows 2000 or Windows XP Pro. (Note that you may be able to get ASP.NET to work on Windows XP Home edition; see this FAQ for more information.) Before installing you should remove any .NET Beta versions you have installed on your computer. Additionally, you may wish to install the latest version of the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), version 2.7. You can download this version from http://www.microsoft.com/data/.

Must I have Windows 2000 or Windows XP? Will Windows NT Server 4.0 Work?
The .NET Framework can be installed on essentially any modern Microsoft operating system (Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP). However, to get the ASP.NET part of the .NET Framework to work, you must be on Windows 2000 or Windows XP (Pro). Sorry!

What Tools Do I Need to Create ASP.NET Web Pages?
Many developers find tools like Visual Studio .NET to be very helpful in quickly creating powerful ASP.NET applications, but, like classic ASP, ASP.NET Web pages can be created with any text editor. In fact, when ASP.NET was in early Beta stages I used Notepad extensively myself, and then Visual InterDev 6.0. I do give a hearty recommendation to using Visual Studio .NET, it's really a slick IDE, very easy to use loaded with features, but the price tag is a bit steep: $999 for the Professional Version and $1,799 for the Enterprise Edition.

Now that you know what you need to know to install and get using ASP.NET, mosey on over to ASPNET.4GuysFromRolla.com to learn how to create ASP.NET Web pages!

Happy Programming!

FAQ posted by Scott Mitchell at 6/10/2001 4:24:49 PM to the ASP.NET category. This FAQ has been viewed 51,057 times.

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