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06-02-2007, 09:10 PM
Hello, I would like to start learning some ASP.net programming, but I don't know where to begin. It seems so confusing, since most people talk about ASP.net 2.0, and there are still programming in ASP and ASP.net 3.0. Most of the books for learning come in two formats: C# and VB5, how do I know which one to begin with? Also all this stuff about databases makes me have a blank look :confused: For what I've heard, ASP.net is a very succesful language, so I would like to learn it. What are your suggestions on books for me to start? Also, can you clear any of this tangled up mess for me? Thanks!:D

Grant Palin
06-02-2007, 11:46 PM
I've been looking at a really good tutorial on building data-based web applications with ASP.Net 2.0 - check it out (http://www.asp.net/learn/dataaccess/default.aspx?tabid=63).

Touches on a lot of subjects, like data access, page layout and templates, navigation, working with XML, and so on.

If you're new to programming, I would suggest VB.NET as it is slightly easier to pick up than a C-based language. I use VB.NET quite a bit, and it is just as robust as the alternative, C#. Your mileage may vary.

Classic ASP (or just ASP) is quite old, and it is probably best to avoid it.. Believe me, I know, I'd avoid it if I could but it is sometimes necessary for work. If you're starting out, I wouldn't bother with Classic ASP.

Microsoft has free software available for working with .NET. I think the tutorial I linked has more info on that, so check it out.

If you have more questions, feel free to ask. That's why we're here! This is a good site for web-based questions, I've gotten a lot of good use out of it too.

06-03-2007, 08:40 PM
OK, thanks for your help Grant. I am completely new to ASP.net 2.0, or any other similar technology. My skills are only based on HTML, CSS, and some javascript --which I have forgotten a lot about because of school, soccer, and other activities. Do you think that if I refresh my mind on this three languages I will be able to learn ASP.net 2.0? I am hoping I don't have to know Visual Basic or anything like that before I dive into reading about it. I appreciate all your help.:D

06-03-2007, 11:57 PM
If you're looking for a book as opposed to online tutorials, I highly recommend Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB, 2nd Edition (http://www.sitepoint.com/books/aspnet2/). This book walks you through everything you need to get started, including free tools you might need. The book provides code in both VB.NET and C#. Code for both is very similar, so you shouldn't have any problems learning either or both of them.

It will be helpful for you to know some HTML, although not absolutely necessary. Ditto on CSS and javascript.

Grant Palin
06-04-2007, 03:25 AM
You've got a little exposure to the basics: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. A good first step! Even if you take up ASP.NET, you still need to mind the basics, as they will still be used. I don't know how good you are at refreshing your knowledge, or how much work you did, so a quick brushing-up on the technologies might be a good idea.

It might also be a good idea to do a least some basic reading on VB.NET, as it would be used in conjunction with ASP.NET. VB.NET is an actual language, where ASP.NET is more of a platform for web-based pages and applications. You utilize the platform by writing code in the language, so to speak.

06-04-2007, 04:25 AM
What everyone is saying about staying away from Classic ASP is so true.

Now books are good and there are alot of them out there. But if you learn better from seeing and doing then video tutorial will help alot. So here are some links to help you get started.

Here is the link to download Visual Web Developer Express free.

Here are some links to some free videos.

Here is a link to download SQL 2005 Express Database for free.

Here is a link to LearnVisualStudio.Net they are not free but it is well worth the fee that they charge. They do have some free videos that you can download also.

With just the full free thing I have for you here you will have a very good starting point.

Good luck and Happy Programing!

06-04-2007, 02:21 PM
OK guys, thanks to all of you who have bothered to answer to this post. I think you have earned yourself the way to the seventh heaven with this :D I think I will finish my CSS layout book, then I will read a Javascript book just to refresh my mind on this, and finally I will start learning ASP.net 2.0. I recently bought Microsoft Web Expression which supposedly supports ASP programming. How good is this software for that purpose? Should I still download Visual Web Developer 2005 Express??

06-04-2007, 02:37 PM
I have not used Web Expression yet and from what I have heard it is good. But it hits more on using xml files as a database. The Web Expression is great for web page layout. Here is a link that will help http://www.learnexpression.com/

I think you will find that if you are planing on using databases you will still need VWD. But it sound like you have enough to do for awhile. lol

Have fun and let me know how things works out with Web Expression.


06-05-2007, 03:23 AM
Can I ask something? :confused:

Why using VB or C# instead of JScript?

Grant Palin
06-05-2007, 03:33 AM
Can I ask something? :confused:

Why using VB or C# instead of JScript?

In this context, VB and C# are .NET languages, and work alongside ASP.NET. JScript and VBScript are used with Classic ASP

06-05-2007, 03:40 AM
What about J# and VJ?

06-05-2007, 05:18 AM
What about J# and VJ?
The .NET framework supports about 40 languages. Take your pick.