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ASP.NET and Visual Studio

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. In addition, a free standalone product—Visual Studio Express for Web—is available that includes the core set of web design features from Visual Studio.

The following topics provide more information about ASP.NET and web development with Visual Studio.

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 by using 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 by 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.

ASP.NET Web Pages 2

Provides information about ASP.NET Web Pages site (Razor), which is a fast, approachable, and lightweight way to combine server code with HTML to create dynamic web content.

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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