5/05/2005

ASP.NET 2.0 QuickStart: That's what it is!

We get lots of posts on eggheadcafe.com from newbies asking how to perform very basic ASP.NET tasks. Almost without exception, when asked if they have looked at the "QuickStart" the answer is more or less, "what's that?".
ASP.NET 2.0 also has a Quickstart. If you didn't install it, look here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\QuickStart

If the folder and its files / subfolders are there (you installed the SDK), just fire up IIS, create a new "Virtual Directory", and point it to the above path. Name it "quickstart"

Set the ASP.NET Tab on IIS to use the 2.XXXX Framework, and request "Http://localhost/quickstart", and you will be on your way.

By the way, the "sourceview" element in the web.config is mistakenly left to the settings of the last Microsoft developer responsible for it before the build (most likely NOT where yours will be), so change it to :

<sourceview>
<add key="root" value="C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\QuickStart" />
</sourceview>


Hey folks, there's a lot of new stuff to learn about in ASP.NET 2.0. I'm a senior - level dude, and I'm taking the time to go through this carefully, because it's very well put together. So, take a weekend, and do your homework like me! You will thank me later.

Not to sound like a broken record, but--

No pain, no gain. RTFM. When all else fails, don't forget to press "F1".