ASP.NET supports three different development models:
Web Pages, MVC (Model View Controller), and Web Forms.
THIS TUTORIAL COVERS WEB FORMS
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What is Web Forms?
Web Forms is one of the 3 programming models for creating ASP.NET web sites and web applications.
The other two programming models are Web Pages and MVC (Model, View, Controller).
Web Forms is the oldest ASP.NET programming model, with event driven web pages written as a combination of HTML, server controls, and server code.
Web Forms are compiled and executed on the server, which generates the HTML that displays the web pages.
Web Forms comes with hundreds of different web controls and web components to build user-driven web sites with data access.
Visual Studio Express 2012/2010
Visual Studio Express is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio.
Visual Studio Express is a development tool tailor made for Web Forms (and MVC).
Visual Studio Express contains:
- MVC and Web Forms
- Drag-and-drop web controls and web components
- A web server language (Razor using VB or C#)
- A web server (IIS Express)
- A database server (SQL Server Compact)
- A full web development framework (ASP.NET)
If you install Visual Studio Express, you will get more benefits from this tutorial.
If you want to install Visual Studio Express, click on one of these links:
Visual Web Developer 2012 (If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8)
Visual Web Developer 2010 (If you have Windows Vista or XP)