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ASP.NET 2.0 presents a steep learning curve -- so much so that, even among experienced developers, there are sure to be novices. This tip will get you started.

ASP.NET 2.0 presents a steep learning curve -- so much so that, even among experienced developers, there are sure to be novices. This tip will get you started.


Last month, Bill Evjen, author, executive director of the International .NET Association, and a technical director for Reuters, described an ASP.NET 2.0 Jumpstart kit that lets even novice developers learn about ASP.NET 2.0. There is no question that even among experienced developers, there are some who are novices when it comes to ASP. But Web clients continue to gain popularity as an application delivery mechanism, and even the hottest hot shots sometimes need to cram-up on ASP, especially as we move to ASP.NET 2.0.

In his MSDN piece, writer Evjen notes that anyone interested in the new features provided by ASP.NET 2.0 will find value in this series of articles. The programming samples he provides work with the Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. The sample app featured is an online library for borrowers of DVDs and other media.

This is a series. The first segment focuses on setting up the starter kit. The process starts with creating the Admin role in the Application_Start event in the Global.asax file. You go on to learn how to enter items manually in the DVD library. It even points you toward an Amazon Web Services interface you can use to populate library entries with related data. For more on that, see our related story, Amazon contest targets .NET developers, or Let's have a mashup.

To further help developers looking into the ASP.NET space, SearchVB.com has launched an ASP.NET 2.0 Learning Guide, which we hope you will visit as well. It provides extensive links to Web literature of the ASP.NET 2.0 kind. It is a handy document you may want to keep on hand for the day when you are tasked to create a Web-based .NET application.

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