In This Chapter
Using Visual Web Developer
Creating your first Web site
Understanding server controls
Getting comfortable with ASP.NET syntax
Creating user controls
This chapter focuses on Visual Web Developer, which is the Web development tool that comes with Visual Studio 2010. In this chapter, you see how to build Web applications using Visual Studio and the ASP.NET Web development platforms. You also discover the difference between server controls and HTML controls as well as how to add your own custom controls to your Web site.
To help you build Web applications, Microsoft offers a wide array of products. Among them are ASP.NET and Visual Studio, which are used to create enterprise Web sites featuring e-commerce and full-blown Web-based applications. ASP.NET Web sites use server-side code to do many things, from rendering dynamic content to accessing databases.
In addition to these high-end tools, Microsoft offers Web design and development tools for a range of sites and skill levels, all of which support Web design standards, such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), to work together seamlessly. The bigger picture of Microsoft tools looks something like this:
Visual Web Developer: The premiere Microsoft toolset for building ASP.NET Web sites is part of Visual Studio 2010.
Microsoft Expressions: This set of three products (Graphic Designer, Interactive Designer, and Web Designer) targets professionals ...