.NET Resources 2.0

New to .NET? It’s a big bugger, ain’t it?! Have no fear, below you’ll find a load of links to great information available here at SitePoint to get you started!

Enjoy and hope to see you in the forums,

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 [b] Build Your Own ASP.NET 3.5 Web Site Using C# & VB, 3rd Edition
  [/b] Build Your Own ASP.NET 3.5 Web Site Using C# & VB, 3rd Edition is packed full of practical examples, straightforward explanations, and ready-to-use code samples in both C# and VB. The third edition of this comprehensive step-by-step guide will help get your database-driven ASP.NET web site up and running in no time.
  [b][ASP.NET Graphs: Raise the Bar](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-net-graphs-raise-the-bar)[/b]
   by Pat Wong
  If you use static images to present graphs and charts online, now's the time to make your efforts more dynamic. In this results-focused tutorial, Pat explains how easy .NET makes the dynamic generation and display of bar charts online.
  [b][ASP.NET 2.0: A Getting Started Guide](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-net-getting-started)[/b]
  by Cristian Darie and Zak Ruvalcaba
  Are you ready to take off into the wide blue yonder of ASP.NET 2.0? Join Cristian and Zak on this eventful ride: you'll tame the installation process, sink your teeth into two ASP.NET languages, and conquer .NET programming basics with your bare hands. Finally, you'll pull server controls, user controls, master pages, and CSS into the beginnings of an application that will see you land safely - and without casualties - at the start of a brilliant career in ASP.NET programming.

  [b][Interview with Dino Esposito, ASP.NET Expert](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/dino-esposito-asp-net-expert)[/b]
  by Sara Smith
  What does ASP.NET 2.0 have to offer? Should you upgrade your existing projects? Will AJAX change the way .NET developers create applications? And what's with ADO.NET 2.0? Expert ASP.NET developer and author Dino Esposito answers these questions, and many more, in this insightful, detailed interview.
     [b][The ASP.NET Web.config File Demystified](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/web-config-file-demystified)
     [/b]by Ruben Heetebrij
    The Web.config file can seem like a technical miasma - but once you delve a little deeper, with Ruben's practical guide, you'll be amazed at its flexibility and capabilities! Understand each section of the file and what control it provides with this hands-on introduction.
     [b][Generating ASP.NET Images on the Fly](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/generating-asp-net-images-fly)
     [/b]by Peter Todorov
    With ASP.NET and the .NET Framework, it's easy to generate images dynamically. As Peter explains in this hands-on tutorial, .NET classes can be used to generate cool text images and thumbnails on the fly with a minimum of hassle!
     [b][Use Amazon Web Services in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/amazon-web-services-asp-net)[/b]
     By Philip Miseldine
    Amazon Web Services can push fresh content to your site, and help you make some cash in the process. Use ASP.NET with the Amazon Web Service to query the company's catalogue and return results to your site -- Philip's practical tutorial shows how.
     [[b]Host .NET In SQL Server 2005 Express[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/host-net-sql-server-2005)
     By Philip Miseldine
    SQL Server 2005 goes beyond T-SQL to provide the full power and breadth of functionality available in the .NET Framework. In this hands-on tutorial, Philip shows how to build stored procedures that host CLR-code using SQL Server 2005 Express.
     [b][Get Started with Mono](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/get-started-mono)[/b]
     By Philip Miseldine
    Here's a disclaimer: I avoid Linux and am no Linux expert by any means. I shudder at the thought of black screens with a flashing cursor. I find myself moving my mouse around trying to find an icon to click or a menu to select.
     [b][ASP.NET 2.0 Security](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-net-2-security)[/b]
     By Zak Ruvalcaba
    I have to admit: I've been using "Whidbey" Alpha for months now and have been champing at the bit to write an article that explores some of the biggest changes included in ASP.NET 2.0. With last week's release of the beta, I figure now's the time to get started!
     [b][A Single Sign-in Web Service in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/single-sign-web-service-asp-net)[/b]
     By Philip Miseldine
    Most of today's sites require users to undertake a registration process to allow the site owners to keep in touch with, or offer services to, those visitors. Building up a user base like this requires patience and dedication. Offer a new service or a new Website, however, and, typically, you'll need to start your user base from scratch yet again.

     [b][Target Your Visitors Using GeoIP and .NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/geoip-targetting)[/b]
     By Philip Miseldine
    While the Internet is a global phenomenon that connects different people in different countries, many sites fail to target their content or functionality to visitors who speak languages other than English, or who live outside countries with the largest Internet user bases, like America. But, with nations like China using the Internet more and more, English-only is no longer a smart decision.
     [b][Securing Passwords in Your Database](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/securing-passwords-database)[/b]
     By Zak Ruvalcaba
    When ASP.NET developers think of Web security and authentication, three options typically come to mind: Windows authentication, forms authentication, and passport authentication.
     [b][Use XML Query Definitions in .NET Applications](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/definitions-net-applications)[/b]
     By David Clark
    The Command objects in ADO.NET (such as OleDbCommand and SqlCommand) are a central aspect of the .NET database access strategy. When used properly, they provide excellent performance and security.
     [b][Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# And VB.NET, Chapter 4 - Web Forms and Web Controls](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-web-forms-web-controls)[/b]
     By Zak Ruvalcaba
    As you might have realised from our work in the previous chapter, at the heart of ASP.NET is its ability to create dynamic form content. Whether you're creating a complex shopping cart application, or a simple page to collect user information and send the results out via email, Web Forms have a solution. They allow you to use HTML controls and Web controls to create dynamic pages with which users can interact. In this chapter, you will learn how Web Forms, HTML controls, and Web controls, in conjunction with VB.NET and C# code, should change the way you look at, and develop for, the Web.
     [b][Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# And VB.NET, Chapter 3 - VB.NET and C# Programming Basics](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/vb-dot-net-c-sharp-programming)
     [/b]By Zak Ruvalcaba
    As you learned at the end of the last chapter, one of the great things about ASP.NET is that we can pick and choose which of the various .NET languages we like. In this chapter, we'll look at some key programming principles using our two chosen languages, VB.NET and C#. We'll start off with a run-down of some basic programming concepts as they relate to ASP.NET using both languages.

Why Use .NET?
By Philip Miseldine
.NET hasn’t traditionally been the SitePoint community’s framework of choice for Web development. A simple comparison of the activity within the PHP and the .NET forums highlights this fact. But with the release of SitePoint’s first ASP.NET book, I thought it was about time us .NETers stood proud, and shouted from the rooftops exactly what makes this technology so good.

     [b][Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# And VB.NET, Chapter 2 - ASP.NET Basics](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-dot-net-basics)
     [/b]By Zak Ruvalcaba
    In Chapter 1, you learned what ASP.NET is, and what it can do—you even know how to create a simple ASP.NET page. Don't worry if it seems a little bewildering right now, because, as this book progresses, you'll learn how to use ASP.NET at more advanced levels.
     [b][Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# And VB.NET, Chapter 1 -  Introduction to .NET and ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-dot-net-introduction)[/b]
     By Zak Ruvalcaba
    ASP.NET is one of the most widely adopted Web application platforms available today. As a Web developer it's therefore becoming increasingly important to expand your skills and learn the ins-and-outs of a technology that's now used by major organizations such as Accenture, Compaq, AIG, Bank of Nova Scotia, Adobe, Dell, Ford and many others.
     [b][Build an RSS DataList Control in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/rss-datalist-control-asp-net)
     [/b]By Philip Miseldine
    RSS is finally getting the recognition it deserves. SitePoint now publishes RSS, and large news agencies like the BBC, the New York Times and CNN also publish RSS feeds. Now, developers can integrate content from a wide range of producers within their own applications, giving users a greater incentive to return, and opening up new possibilities for application development.
     [b][Back to Basics: XML In .NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/dot-net-xml)
     [/b]By Philip Miseldine
    One of the most exciting recent advances in computing has been XML. Designed as a stricter and simpler document format than SGML, XML is now used everywhere to produce cross-platform interoperable file formats.
      [[b]Prepare Yourself for Whidbey[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/microsoft-whidbey-dot-net)
     [color=#5f5f5f][color=black]by Philip Miseldine[/color][/color]
    If you're champing at the bit to get your hands on Whidbey, the next generation of .NET, wait no more! Philip takes the Beta for a spin to find out what's on offer - from Master Pages and Themeing, to Visual Studio .NET Whidbey - in the looming product release.
     [[b]Generate .NET XML Documentation With NDoc[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/dot-net-xml-documentation-ndoc)
     [color=black]by Chris Cyvas[/color]
     [color=black]If project documentation is the last thing on your mind - and your priority list - you need NDoc, an XML documentation facility with both C# and VB.NET support. Chris shows how easy it is to use in his hands-on tute.[/color]
     [[b]Unified Data Access for .NET[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/unified-data-access-net)
     [color=black]by Philip Miseldine[/color]
     [color=black]Make your .NET Web applications support countless database solutions with the help of the ADO.NET factory pattern. Philip explans the basics, before diving into a practical example that produces extensible and reusable application code.[/color]
     [[b]DataSet Vs. DataReader[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/dataset-datareader)
     [color=black]by Philip Miseldine[/color]
    Ah, the DataSet. It can be filled and ready to go in just 3 lines of code, and iterated using a nice, simple foreach loop. What could be easier? Well, with a little extra upfront work, the DataReader can increase performance drastically. Philip explains...
     [[b]Paranoia: Cross Site Scripting[/b]](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/cross-site-scripting)
     By Tiberius OsBurn
    They’re watching you, you know that? They’ve been scoping you out for quite some time, looking at ways to screw with you and your site.
     [Send Email Using ASP on .NET Server or WinXP Pro](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1139)
     by Andrew Wasson
    CDONTS is on its way out and CDOSYS, Windows' new mail object, is where the future lies! Climb aboard the bandwagon as Andrew shows how to tweak a classic ASP mail script to work under the new regime.
     [Create Your Own Guestbook In ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1061)
     by Sonu Kapoor
    Having trouble finding an ASP.NET guestbook for your site? So was Sonu, so he developed one himself! Here, he shows exactly how it's done.
     [url="http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1118"]Drilldown Datagrid Searching with ASP.NET
     by Dimitrios Markatos
    Allowing your users to refine their search results with .NET can be tricky - unless you know how to drilldown through the Datagird. Dimitrios shows the way, using the Dataset's Dataview Rowfilter property.
     [Building an ASP.NET Shopping Cart Using DataTables](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1055)
     by Zak Ruvalcaba
    Save yourself the time, cash, and hassle of buying a commercial shopping cart solution. Zak walks us through his 5-step guide to building a fully functional ecommerce shopping cart in ASP.NET!
     [Build a WHOIS Lookup in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1045)
     By Peter Todorov 
    Checking domain availability has never been easier - thanks to ASP.NET! Peter shows how to build your own WHOIS lookup in 6 easy steps.
     [Sending Web eMail in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1030)
     By Peter Todorov 
    Web email just got a whole lot easier... thanks to ASP.NET! In just 3 simple steps, Peter shows how to get your Webmail up and running.
     [Interview - Doug Seven of DotNetJunkies.com](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/994)
     By Chris Canal
    DotNetJunkies.com has achieved cult status across the globe. But as Chris discovers, the site represents just one aspect of co-founder Doug Seven's passion for .NET...
     [Build an XML/XSLT driven Website with .NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1001)
     By Victor Pavlov
    In this advanced tutorial, Victor wastes no time in getting your XML and XSLT- driven Website up and running. Leverage your existing skills to build your own site with .NET now!
     [Threading in ASP.NET](http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1017)
     BY Joshua Waller 
    Threading allows .NET developers to give their users the impression that mutiple tasks are executing at the same time. Josh rolls up his sleeves and shows how it's done.

See below for a much updated list of .NET resources.

This will be a living list, please post any suggested updates to this thread. If they pass muster, they will be included in the lead post.


Last Updated 2007.03.02.


.NET Articles
.NET Blog
Build Your Own ASP.NET Website Using C# & VB.NET
Build Your Own ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB, 2nd Edition

Key Microsoft Resources (Framework)

Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN)
.NET 2.0 SDK: x86 [url=http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1AEF6FCE-6E06-4B66-AFE4-9AAD3C835D3D]x64
.NET Framework 3.0
.NET 1.1 SDK
MSDN Library: Online <snip/>
Visual Basic Developer Center
Visual C# Developer Center

Key Microsoft Resources (ASP.NET & Sql Stack)

ASP.NET 2.0 Site
MSDN ASP.NET Developer Center
MSDN Web Services Developer Center
MSDN SQL Server Developer Center
Microsoft Patterns & Practices Team

Express Editions Downloads
Microsoft has released free, but limited versions of Visual Studio for use by hobbyist developers. In addition they have also released Sql Server Express for use with smaller applications. Get them from the links below. [NB: Some of the Visual Studio Express editions include Sql 2005. Downloads do require registration.]

Express Editions Home Page
Visual Web Developer Express
Sql Server Express
Visual Basic Express
Visual C# Express
Visual C++ Express
Visual J# Express
The .NET Show: Microsoft Videos on all things .NET

Other Free Development Environments
#Develop: free, open-source C# development environment.
ASP.NET Web Matrix: Microsoft’s free ASP.NET 1.1 development environment. Very limited, but great grandpappy of Visual Web Developer Express

Mono Project (or .NET on non-Windows platforms)
The Mono project is a very well-run effort to port the .NET runtime to the *nix environment.

Mono Project Home
Mono Framework Downloads
MonoDevelop: Cross-platform development environment for .NET code.
Mono Migration Analysis Tool: a tool to check if your code will work under Mono.
DotGNU: technically not Mono, but another .NET stack for *nix so it falls in the similar category.

Getting Started Guides & Tutorials
C# Station C# Tutorial
ASP.NET Starter Kits
Microsoft Developer’s Network Learning Center for Beginning Programmers

.NET Oriented Websites
411 Asp Resource Guide
4 Guys From Rolla: Many tutorials and guides.
<snip/>: a plethora of .NET articles.
ASP.NET Resources: handy ASP.NET resources; emphasis on standards compliance.
CodePlex: MS’ open-source project home.
CodeProject: Reams of user committed code. Non-reviewed so YMMV.
ConnectionStrings.com: for when you cannot remember that connection string.
DotNetKicks: d1gg for .NET land.
<snip/>: Home for alot of older .NET projects.

Grid View Guy: Handy ASP.NET guides and tutorials.
PINVOKE.NET: Wiki site for calling unmanaged APIs from your managed code.
The Server Side .NET: Enterprise-oriented development guide.
The Daily WTF: because knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do.

Asp.NET blogs: The grandaddy of 'em all, Microsoft’s ASP.NET mass blogging site.
Geeks With Blogs: Another meta-blogging site with many different folks blogging about .NET
IE Team Blog: Blog of the Internet Explorer team
BCL Team Blog: blog for the team dedicated to maintaining and expanding .NET’s Base Class Library.
ADO.NET Team Blog: blog for the team dedicated to maintaining and expanding ADO.NET.
Scott Guthrie’s blog: weblog of Scott Guthrie, General Manager for just about everything .NET.
CodeBetter.com: Another great .NET blog
You’ve Been Haacked: Phil Haack’s weblog, lots of great cutting edge stuff.
Coding Horror: Jeff Atwood’s rather insightful blog.

Development, Building & Testing Tools
NUnit: a very popular unit testing framework, along the lines of JUnit.
MbUnit: another unit testing framework for .NET applications.
NAnt: an xml-driven build tool, similar to Java’s ant.
CruiseControl.NET: a continuious integration framework for .NET
nCover: A code coverage framework, allowing one to see which lines of code are tested using your testing framework of choice
TestDriven.NET: a visual studio add-in allowing for nearly one-click execution of unit tests and integrated code coverage. Free for hobbyists, cheap for professionals.

Miscellaneous Important Libraries & Frameworks
NHibernate: a .NET port of the venerable hibernate library of java fame.
The Castle Project: an umbrella project for some open source tools designed to simplify enterprise .NET development. Key projects inlcude [url=http://www.castleproject.org/monorail/]MonoRail and [url=http://www.castleproject.org/activerecord/]ActiveRecord.
The Microsoft Enterprise Library: a set of library and frameworks for building large applications. Key parts include a database abstraction layer as well as an exception handling and logging framework.
CSS-Friendly Control Adapters: Adapts the standard .NET controls to render output using CSS for layout.
SubSonic: the hawt, new data access framework for .NET
log4net: A .NET port of the popular log4j logging framework.
IronPython: python interpreter/environment for .NET and the CLR. Write python, compile to IL.

ASP.NET Ajax Frameworks
ASP.NET AJAX: Microsoft’s ASP.NET Ajax framework. .NET 2.0 only.
Magic Ajax: Lighter-weight Ajax framework for .NET.
Ajax.NET Professional: Another light-weight Ajax framework. Works with .NET 1.1.

Popular ASP.NET Applications
SubTEXT: an open-source, .NET blogging engine.
<snip/>: the other open-source, .NET blogging engine.
Rainbow Portal: an open-source .NET web portal application.
Umbraco: an open-source .NET web portal application.
DotNetNuke: a web portal application; one of the original .NET open-source applications.
Community Server: A community-oriented application, featuring forums, blogs and other goodies. Free for non-commercial use and relatively cheap otherwise.
<snip/>: An open-source .NET wiki application.

Not very related to the topic, but as C# and J# pages are listed, I think I’d be useful to list two more languages, which have open source compilers, supporting the .NET 2.0 platform: Boo and [url=nemerle.org]Nemerle.

Nice post, wwb_99

want to get up to speed fast?

covers all main aspects of asp.net development http://www.totaltraining.com/prod/microsoft/aspnet2_set2.asp

if you just started you’ll want 2 get both sets.

i learned a lot of it through forums, but i wish total training would have had those videos when I first started. Would have saved me hours of time.

wwb_99, great summary of the .net world.

Thanks guys, interesting suggestions.

@earl-grey: I think I will add Iron Python to the list shortly, as it is rolling very, very well and is somewhat unqiue–a fully functional, dynamically typed language living in statically typed .NET land. C# and J# made the cut because they are offically supported and blessed by MS. Iron Python is not “offical” but it is real close.

@I87: not to sound rude, but what rug have you been living under?

@leblanc: Interesting thought, I am working on the “getting started” resources as we speak. I am attempting to avoid paid resources as posting one implies endorsement, and I am reluctant to endorse something I have not really used. One question: which forums/communities did you find of use?

please also include my site www.dotnetwatch.com

@leblanc: Interesting thought, I am working on the “getting started” resources as we speak. I am attempting to avoid paid resources as posting one implies endorsement, and I am reluctant to endorse something I have not really used. One question: which forums/communities did you find of use?

you’ve listed all the main sites that i found when googling [yahoo/msn] on specific questions.

I tend to have a lot of resources to my disposal.

Example my school has a safari account so i can read about any technical subject I’m attracted 2 at any time.

I also get a lot of free stuff through usual networks. [ebooks, cbts, vtc’s ect] approaching 300 GB; Use google desktop to index the ebooks.

and i wasn’t a total noob @ web programming as i started with php v3. I moved to .net this past summer. So i knew what issues I would need to address in the .net world. Attending devconnections this past november, really showed me what I’ve been missing and got a lot of different approaches from different attendies.

here is a list of subjects I learned through the resources above:

here is what I’ve learned though the total training series:
[note: i’ll fill this in as i finish each dvd]

1st dvd)
covers the page processing model: - big help for people comming from dynamic languages.

html vs webcontrols and attaching event handles and assinging properties

validating user input - like his example on custom validator.

visual studio: quick watch, help/index, use the bottom tag breadcrumb to select controls ; showed cool tricks I hadn’t used before.

navigating a website - doesn’t tackle target attribute or roles but maybe in a later dvd nor a provider for db.

2nd dvd)
wow! I wrote a lot more notes on this one for sure.

describes what an assembly is and how to work with assemblies with namespaces.
consumes a web service and provides creates a webservice.
talks about tracing
covers web.config 80% [no discussion on defining your own handlers instead of app settings]
talks about databind – really covers 80% to bad doesn’t discuss object data source, uses xmldatasource which was pretty cool.
everything you would want to know about the gridview… except placing a total at the bottom… or inputs for a new item in the footer.
talks about options of deployment in vs and things to consider on iis.

4th dvd)
had to skip to this section as i needed to create custom composite controls @ work and his explanation of webcontrol library was excellent…

Leblanc Meneses

Excellent collection of resources! You might want to add BlogEngine.net to the Popular ASP.NET applications list. I just launched my new ASP.NET blog using this engine and it was a snap.

@pinch - I have a PHP background, but am just getting into .NET for work, and I have had a similar experience. I find that much of the documentation for this stuff leaves out a lot of stuff or just assumes that you already know certain things. If they want more people to use .NET, they should make it easier on the noobs!

It’s a really weird experience going from open source to closed source - things are just different!

I’m just using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, because that seemed to be the only free option.

I’ve found the tutorials at LearnVisualStudio.Net to be pretty noob friendly so far.

Some of the “LearnVisualStudio.Net” tutorials I links above can be found for free here:

good resource related to .net…



Maybe you can find this resource useful too: http://aspnetcafe.com

Great collection of resources wwb_99! Thank you!

I also recommend asp.net/learn
There is a great amount of video tutorials from Microsoft (and partners) for beginners and advanced developers.

For any ASP.NET beginner out there looking for guided learning via video instruction, then check out Essential ASP.NET hosted by Fritz Onion. It’s free and it’s very well done. I’m not sure why Microsoft doesn’t make these webcasts more visible.

Essential ASP.NET Webcasts (Learning ASP.NET)

Here are couple of more resources for .Net

C# Code snippets

VB Code snippets

C++/CLI Code snippets

Most of the code snippets are written in C#, VB and C++ which gives a good code comparison on each language and very useful for those who converting their project codes from one language to another.

Learn .NET from your iPhone while on the go: http://itunes.com/apps/dotnetIQ

Compliments of dotnetIQ.

Try these C Sharp Video Tutorials which cover most of the basics and there are always new ones being added.

I also created a nice C# Programming and Tech Forum where I am always there to answer questions.

Another good website I found.

C# Code Snippets

VB/C# Code Converter
Simple VB to C# and C# to VB code converter.

Site with useful articles about c# , .Net and programming.
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