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ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer

ASP.NET is a Web platform that provides all the services that you require to build enterprise-class server-based Web applications. ASP.NET is built on the .NET Framework, so all .NET Framework features are available to ASP.NET applications. Your applications can be written in any language that is compatible with the common language runtime (CLR), including Visual Basic and C#.

To create ASP.NET Web applications, you can use Visual Studio. The tools and options in Visual Studio that are designed for creating Web applications are referred to collectively as Visual Web Developer. In addition, a free standalone product—Visual Web Developer Express—is available that includes the core set of Web-design features from Visual Studio.

The following topics provide more information about ASP.NET and Visual Web Developer.

ASP.NET 4.5

Provides links to topics that describe the version of ASP.NET that is part of the .NET Framework 4.5 and links that describe how to create web applications by using Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web.

ASP.NET 4

Provides links to topics that describe the version of ASP.NET that is part of the .NET Framework 4 and links that describe how to create Web applications using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express.

ASP.NET 3.5

Provides a link to topics that describe the version of ASP.NET that is part of the .NET Framework 3.5 and that describe how to create Web applications using Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.

ASP.NET MVC

Provides information about the framework that you can use in ASP.NET to create applications that are designed according to the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern.

The following tables contains links to additional resources that provide information about ASP.NET

ASP.NET Community Web Site

Provides a source of news, blog entries, forums, tutorials, videos, and other information for the ASP.NET community.

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