1.2. Creating Your First ASP.NET 3.5 Web Site

You probably can't wait to get started with your first ASP.NET web site, so instead of giving you a theoretical overview of web sites in VWD, the next Try It Out exercise dives right into the action and shows you how to build your first web project. Then, in the How It Works explanation and the section that follows, you get a good look of what goes on behind the scenes when you view an ASP.NET page in your browser.

Try It Out: Creating Your First ASP.NET Web Page

  1. Start VWD from the Windows Start menu if you haven't done so already. The first time you start VWD, there is a long delay before you can use VWD because it's busy configuring itself. Subsequent starts of the application will go much faster.

  2. If you're using a commercial version of Visual Studio, you also get a dialog box that lets you choose between different collections of settings the first time you start Visual Studio. The choice you make on that dialog box influences the layout of windows, toolboxes, menus, and shortcuts. Choose Web Development Settings because those settings are designed specifically for ASP.NET developers. You can always choose a different profile later by resetting your settings, as explained later in this chapter.

  3. Once VWD is fully configured, you see the main screen appear, as shown in Figure 1-2.

    Figure 1-2. Figure 1-2

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