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Visual Studio Web Development Content Map

This content map lists topics and resources on using Visual Studio for web development.

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ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 provides information on changes and enhancements in the web development features of Visual Studio 2012.

Visual Studio has a full-featured development environment that helps you create ASP.NET web applications. It provides a powerful web page editor that includes WYSIWYG editing and an HTML editing mode with IntelliSense and validation. You can create and design a consistent site layout with master pages and consistent page appearance with themes and skins. Visual Studio also includes a code editor that enables you to write code for your dynamic web pages in Visual Basic or Visual C#. You can use the debugger to help you find errors in your code, and you can test your application by using a local web server. Visual Studio also includes tools for publishing your web applications to a hosting site.

ASP.NET is a web development framework for building dynamic websites with Visual Studio. For more information about ASP.NET, see ASP.NET Overview.

If you want to see what web development in Visual Studio is like, you can install a free version of Visual Studio (Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web) by using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. For more information about Visual Studio Express, see Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web and Comparing Visual Studio and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web.

Unless otherwise noted, the following resources refer to new or updated content for web development in Visual Studio 2012. For additional resources related to web development in Visual Studio, see the Visual Web Developer Content Map.

Scenario

Topics

Getting Started

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

Comparing Visual Studio and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

Visual Studio Templates for Web Projects

Types of Web Site Projects in Visual Studio (2010)

Web Application Projects versus Web Site Projects (2010)

Editing HTML

Walkthrough: Basic HTML Editing in Visual Studio for Web Forms Pages

How to: Insert HTML Hyperlinks and Bookmarks in Design View for Web Forms Pages

Walkthrough: Using HTML Snippets

Walkthrough: Advanced HTML Editing in Visual Studio for Web Forms Pages

Markup Validation in Visual Studio

Editing cascading style sheets (CSS)

Working with CSS Overview

Walkthrough: Creating and Modifying a CSS File

Walkthrough: Working with an Existing CSS File

How to: Use the CSS Properties Window

Exercise 1: What's New in the CSS Editor (MSDN)

Working with Page Inspector

Page Inspector - Decomposing your Web Application (video)

Using Page Inspector in ASP.NET MVC (video)

Using Page Inspector in ASP.NET MVC (tutorial)

Using Page Inspector in ASP.NET Web Forms (tutorial)

Using Page Inspector in Visual Studio 2012 (MSDN Hands-on Lab)

Testing Web pages

Testing Web Pages in Visual Studio

Deploying Web applications

Web Deployment Content Map for Visual Studio and ASP.NET

Customizing the Visual Studio environment

How to: Select Web Development Environment Settings

Using Windows Azure

ASP.NET MVC web site with SQL Database (windowsazure.com web site)

ASP.NET MVC cloud service with SQL Database (windowsazure.com web site)

Web Scenarios (windowsazure.com web site)

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