All of this brings us to ASP.NET. A common theme you'll see throughout this tutorial is that ASP.NET takes features usually implemented (over and over again) by developers and rolls them into the ASP.NET framework.

ASP.NET 2.0 takes ASP.NET 1.1 to the next level and pushes even more commonly implemented features into the framework. An example of how ASP.NET 2.0 improves upon ASP.NET 1.1 is the authentication and authorization services provided by ASP.NET 1.1; ASP.NET 1.1 included a reasonable and easy-to-manage authentication model. However, developers were often left with the task of rolling their own authentication systems into their Web sites. ASP.NET 2.0 adds an authorization subsystem. We'll cover ASP.NET Forms Authentication and other security features in depth during tutorial 10.

In the following tutorials, we'll cover the most important ASP.NET features. By the end of the last tutorial, you'll be well equipped to develop a Web site based on ASP.NET.

Tutorial 1 Quick Reference

How to Start Internet Information Services console

  1. Go to the Control Panel

  2. Select administrative tools

  3. Select Internet Information Services

How to create a new virtual directory

  1. Open the IIS Console

  2. Open the Web Sites node

  3. Open the Default Web Site node

  4. Right mouse click on the Default Web Site node

  5. Select New Virtual Directory

  6. Follow the wizard

How to surf to a resource from IIS

  1. Right mouse click on the resource

  2. Select Browse

How to see what file types are supported in IIS

  1. Right mouse click on the Virtual directory

  2. Select Properties

  3. Press the Configure button