To build effective and attractive database-driven websites, you need two things: a solid and fast framework to run your web pages on and a rich and extensive environment to create and
program these web pages. With ASP.NET 4.5.1 and Visual Studio 2013 you get both. Together they form the platform to create dynamic and interactive websites.
ASP.NET 4.5.1 builds on top of its popular predecessors ASP.NET 2.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5. While maintaining backward compatibility with sites built using these older versions, ASP.NET 4.5.1 and
Visual Studio 2013 introduces new, exciting features.
Who This Book Is For
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to build rich and interactive websites that run on the Microsoft platform. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you create a great foundation
to build any type of website, ranging from simple hobby-related websites to sites you may be creating for commercial purposes.
Anyone new to web programming should be able to follow along because of no prior background in web development is assumed, although it helps if you do have a basic understanding of HTML and the web in general. The book starts at the very beginning of web development by showing you how to obtain and install Visual Studio. The chapters that follow gradually introduce you to new technologies, building on top of the knowledge gained in the previous chapters.
Do you have a strong preference for Visual Basic over C# or the other way around? Or do you think both languages are equally cool? Or maybe you haven’t made up your mind yet and want to learn both languages? Either way, you’ll like this book because all code examples are presented in both languages!
Even if you have some experience with prior versions of ASP.NET, you may gain a lot from this book. Although many concepts from previous versions are brought forward into ASP.NET 4.5.1, you’ll discover there’s a lot of new stuff to be found in this book, including the strongly typed data controls, smarter code editors, new debugging facilities, and more.
What You Need to Use This Book
This book assumes you have a system that meets the following requirements:
- Capable of running Visual Studio. For the exact system requirements, consult the documentation that comes with the software.
- Running Windows 7 or Windows 8 (at least the Home Premium edition), or one of the Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 editions.
Chapter 1 shows you how to obtain and install Visual Studio 2013, which in turn installs the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.1 and SQL Server Express LocalDB edition; then all you need is a good operating system and the drive to read this book!