It’s almost eighteen months now since Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 was released and if there’s one thing the feedback forum for that book has taught Wrox and its authors, it’s never to underestimate the reader. The book uses (quite reasonably) Visual Web Developer and SQL Server Express for a database and code editor on the basis that it’s very easy to build a simple site using both in a short period of time. But of course there are those readers who want to use IIS, or other versions of Visual Studio and SQL Server (in some cases on operating systems other than Windows XP also) and the coverage in the book just doesn’t cut the mustard as some 30% of the feedback in the book’s forum shows.

In an effort to redress that then, I’ve written a new appendix demonstrating how to install a site’s code and databases using any combination of

  • Visual Web Developer or Visual Studio ‘full’ editions
  • SQL Server Express or SQL Server ‘full’ editions
  • The local web server built into Visual Studio\Visual Web Developer or IIS

Currently the help file only deals with Windows XP but if there’s demand for it, I’ll add coverage of installing on Windows 2003 Server and Vista.

As a sidenote, I think this will actually help anyone struggling to set up their first web site development box as it covers pretty much all the basics. If you’ve any feedback, please let me know and I’ll update the files as applicable.

Side note: Thank heavens for Virtual PC and differencing drives without which I probably wouldn’t have written this.