Getting Started with ASP.NET 2.0: Some Resources

At the Vermont.NET meeting (our Visual Studio Community Launch) Laura covered some of the most interesting of the UI basics that are new in ASP.NET 2.0. There were a lot of attendees to this meeting that are brand new to ASP.NET 2.0 and want to learn more. A really good starting point is the website. On there you can find a Guided Tour of Visual Web Developer 2005 Express, which is basically the web development only portion of Visual Studio – and therefore a fantastic place to get started with ASP.NET 2.0. Also, the ASP.NET Developer Center is a great launching pad, to find video training, the quickstarts, even a link to getting a free 3 hour training CD from AppDev.

There are amazing resources on the web.

There are also plenty of ASP.NET 2.0 books coming out that are great for beginners.

Bipin Joshi’s Developer’s Guide to ASP.NET 2.0 is aimed at ASP.NET 1.x developers moving to ASP.NET 2.0, but covers everything, not just “what’s new”.

From Wrox: Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 from Dave Sussman and a crew of excellent writers.

The ASP.NET v2 The Beta Version, which we raffled off when Rob Howard was at the group in November and also at Monday’s meeting, is pretty close to being current with the release version.

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 another WROX book by my buddies Bill Evjen, Farhan Muhammed and more!

Pro ASP.NET 2.0 from O’Reilly.

Murach has an ASP.NET 2.0 Upgraders Guide. One for C# and one for VB.

O’Reilly has ASP.NET 2.0 A Developer’s Notebook is another “what’s new in 2.0” book that has  50 hands on projects. They have a few other 2 books as well.

Laura also posted resources from her session here.

This is just a VERY SHORT list to get you started in case you don’t know where to turn next. There are so many online resources. In addition to the official microsoft ones above, there are many community sites like and There are forums galore and of course blogs blogs blogs.

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