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Exploring the development environment

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Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition is Microsoft's free integrated development environment to help you get started quickly building ASP.NET pages and websites. I'm going to give you a tour of the interface of this product. The menu includes most of the actions that you start with, such as creating new resources, testing your applications, and so on. Most of the most important menu choices have associated keyboard shortcuts. For example, to create a new website you could select File > New Web Site or you could press the associated keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+N. For any particular menu choice, if you don't know the keyboard shortcut, just take a look at the menu and you'll see that there's a hint. The Edit menu includes common choices for cutting, copying, and pasting, and deleting text. You'll also find a number of options for searching for text under the Find and Replace menu choice. And under Bookmarks, you'll find that there's the ability to create a bookmark and then return the cursor to that location in a particular file or folder. The View menu includes choices to open particular panels in the interface. By default, you see the Solution Explorer, the Database Explorer, and the Properties panels displayed on the right side of the interface, but there are many other visual tools available. For example, the Error List displays a list of all of your programming problems. To open it select View > Error List, and you'll see the Error List panel appear at the bottom of the interface. To close any particular panel, just click the close icon. You can also move these panels around. For example, if I click on the properties panel on its header and then drag it out into the center, you'll see that that turns it into a floating panel. I can then click and drag to resize the panel as needed, and then when I click on particular elements of the web page in the background, I'll see the properties for that particular element. You can close a panel by clicking the close icon and then bring it up again by either using the menu choice, or as I'll do here, by pressing F4. When you bring it back up, it will open using the same dimensions that it had when you closed it. So you can easily customize the look and feel of Visual Web Developer to make it look the way you want. If at any point you want to return visual Web Developer to its default appearance--that is, place the panels back in their original locations and sizes--go to the menu and select Window > Reset Window Layout. After confirming by clicking Yes, you'll see that everything goes back to its original positions. There are three special panels over on the left known as the Toolbox, the CSS properties, and the Manage Styles panels. These three panels can be opened easily by simply hovering the cursor over the tab for that panel. Here I've moved the cursor over the Toolbox tab and the Toolbox panels slides in from the left. I can then navigate around, scroll up and down, and select items that I want to work with, and then I can either move the cursor off the panel and then click on the background web page, and you'll see that the Toolbox panel responds by sliding back into place. The same thing works with the CSS Properties panel and the Manage Styles panel. All three of these styles can also be pinned into place. When you click the Pin button that makes it no longer a sliding panel, but now a panel that's pinned into place. And then once again, you can reset the Window Layout by selecting Window > Reset Window Layout and confirming. There are various tools on the Toolbar above the editing area. For example, if I wanted to take this text and turn it into a heading 1, I'd simply select the text, then go up to the toolbar, pull down the list of available formats, and select heading 1, or the h1 tag. Visual Web Developer responds by wrapping that text in the h1 tag set, and if I then go down to the bottom of the editing area and click the Source button, I'll see the result, that the span tag that contains the text Hello World has been wrapped inside the h1 tag set. If you're an experienced HTML developer, you will find that Visual Web Developer helps you with a certain amount of HTML coding, but leaves most of the HTML coding up to you. Finally, there is the use of the Cascading Style Sheets. You can create Cascading Style Sheet rules easily using the CSS Properties panel, and then apply those rules to selected parts of your web page. I described these features in more length in the chapter of this video series about ASP.NET and Visual Design.

Exploring the development environment

Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition is Microsoft's free integrated development environment to help you get started quickly building ASP.NET pages and websites. I'm going to give you a tour of the interface of this product. The menu includes most of the actions that you start with, such as creating new resources, testing your applications, and so on. Most of the most important menu choices have associated keyboard shortcuts. For example, to create a new website you could select File > New Web Site or you could press the associated keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+N. For any particular menu choice, if you don't know the keyboard shortcut, just take a look at the menu and you'll see that there's a hint. The Edit menu includes common choices for cutting, copying, and pasting, and deleting text. You'll also find a number of options for searching for text under the Find and Replace menu choice. And under Bookmarks, you'll find that there's the ability to create a bookmark and then return the cursor to that location in a particular file or folder. The View menu includes choices to open particular panels in the interface. By default, you see the Solution Explorer, the Database Explorer, and the Properties panels displayed on the right side of the interface, but there are many other visual tools available. For example, the Error List displays a list of all of your programming problems. To open it select View > Error List, and you'll see the Error List panel appear at the bottom of the interface. To close any particular panel, just click the close icon. You can also move these panels around. For example, if I click on the properties panel on its header and then drag it out into the center, you'll see that that turns it into a floating panel. I can then click and drag to resize the panel as needed, and then when I click on particular elements of the web page in the background, I'll see the properties for that particular element. You can close a panel by clicking the close icon and then bring it up again by either using the menu choice, or as I'll do here, by pressing F4. When you bring it back up, it will open using the same dimensions that it had when you closed it. So you can easily customize the look and feel of Visual Web Developer to make it look the way you want. If at any point you want to return visual Web Developer to its default appearance--that is, place the panels back in their original locations and sizes--go to the menu and select Window > Reset Window Layout. After confirming by clicking Yes, you'll see that everything goes back to its original positions. There are three special panels over on the left known as the Toolbox, the CSS properties, and the Manage Styles panels. These three panels can be opened easily by simply hovering the cursor over the tab for that panel. Here I've moved the cursor over the Toolbox tab and the Toolbox panels slides in from the left. I can then navigate around, scroll up and down, and select items that I want to work with, and then I can either move the cursor off the panel and then click on the background web page, and you'll see that the Toolbox panel responds by sliding back into place. The same thing works with the CSS Properties panel and the Manage Styles panel. All three of these styles can also be pinned into place. When you click the Pin button that makes it no longer a sliding panel, but now a panel that's pinned into place. And then once again, you can reset the Window Layout by selecting Window > Reset Window Layout and confirming. There are various tools on the Toolbar above the editing area. For example, if I wanted to take this text and turn it into a heading 1, I'd simply select the text, then go up to the toolbar, pull down the list of available formats, and select heading 1, or the h1 tag. Visual Web Developer responds by wrapping that text in the h1 tag set, and if I then go down to the bottom of the editing area and click the Source button, I'll see the result, that the span tag that contains the text Hello World has been wrapped inside the h1 tag set. If you're an experienced HTML developer, you will find that Visual Web Developer helps you with a certain amount of HTML coding, but leaves most of the HTML coding up to you. Finally, there is the use of the Cascading Style Sheets. You can create Cascading Style Sheet rules easily using the CSS Properties panel, and then apply those rules to selected parts of your web page. I described these features in more length in the chapter of this video series about ASP.NET and Visual Design.

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ASP.NET Essential Training

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  1. 18m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Prerequisites
      2m 21s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    4. Upgrading exercise file websites for ASP.NET 4.5 (NEW)
      2m 40s
    5. What's new in ASP.NET 4 (NEW)
      3m 48s
    6. What's new in ASP.NET 4.5 (NEW)
      3m 23s
    7. What's new in this course update (NEW)
      3m 18s
  2. 33m 34s
    1. Understanding how ASP.NET works
      5m 52s
    2. Installing Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
      3m 43s
    3. Installing Visual Studio Express 2012 for web (NEW)
      2m 12s
    4. Hello World: Creating your first ASP.NET web site
      4m 28s
    5. Creating pages with dynamic output
      7m 39s
    6. Understanding the development web server
      4m 49s
    7. Exploring the development environment
      4m 51s
  3. 40m 2s
    1. Understanding Microsoft SQL Server
      5m 47s
    2. Installing SQL Server Express
      6m 51s
    3. Exploring SQL Server Management Studio Basic
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a new database
      8m 51s
    5. Connecting to the database in ASP.NET
      5m 35s
    6. Testing SQL queries
      3m 53s
    7. Presenting a dataset in an ASP.NET page
      4m 42s
  4. 25m 31s
    1. Understanding ASP.NET web form pages
      5m 51s
    2. Separating presentation and logic with code files
      4m 17s
    3. Adding web form controls to a page
      5m 25s
    4. Handling postback data in a web form page
      5m 50s
    5. Using data binding expressions
      4m 8s
  5. 48m 37s
    1. Creating a testing environment
      4m 40s
    2. Declaring and using a simple variable
      6m 14s
    3. Declaring and using a complex object
      6m 16s
    4. Using loops
      6m 52s
    5. Using functions
      9m 25s
    6. Using trace statements
      4m 47s
    7. Debugging with breakpoints
      5m 45s
    8. Commenting code
      4m 38s
  6. 17m 43s
    1. Creating web controls
      5m 53s
    2. Registering a user control on a web form page
      3m 25s
    3. Registering controls globally in the web.config file
      3m 53s
    4. Adding public properties to a web control
      4m 32s
  7. 19m 7s
    1. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 36s
    2. Attaching external CSS files
      3m 12s
    3. Defining a CSS selector
      6m 10s
    4. Using CSS class selectors in server controls
      4m 9s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Presenting data with the GridView control
      5m 49s
    2. Controlling GridView paging and appearance
      5m 46s
    3. Editing data with the GridView control
      6m 57s
    4. Presenting data with the DataList control
      5m 42s
    5. Formatting data with binding expressions
      6m 20s
  9. 36m 46s
    1. Using the DetailsView control
      7m 33s
    2. Inserting data with the DetailsView control
      6m 36s
    3. Redirecting page requests
      9m 39s
    4. Creating an update page
      6m 20s
    5. Linking to update pages from the list page
      4m 3s
    6. Deleting database records
      2m 35s
  10. 22m 15s
    1. Customizing forms with item editing templates
      6m 7s
    2. Adding validator controls to a form
      6m 40s
    3. Controlling the validation error message display
      6m 24s
    4. Using the ValidationSummary control
      3m 4s
  11. 29m 49s
    1. Creating a query with joined tables
      8m 6s
    2. Replacing control style properties with CSS
      5m 50s
    3. Creating a CSS file for printing
      3m 14s
    4. Suppressing elements in printed web pages
      5m 47s
    5. Selecting data for a report
      6m 52s
  12. 11m 14s
    1. Understanding ViewState and managing postbacks
      4m 36s
    2. Using session variables
      6m 38s
  13. 20m 57s
    1. Turning on forms authentication
      1m 51s
    2. Creating a page to log in users
      4m 18s
    3. Creating a page to set up new users
      4m 6s
    4. Understanding the security database
      3m 27s
    5. Configuring security in the web.config file
      2m 59s
    6. Creating a page to log out users
      4m 16s
  14. 27m 56s
    1. Installing IIS on Windows XP
      6m 32s
    2. Installing ASP.NET 3.5 on Windows XP
      1m 39s
    3. Deploying a site on Windows XP
      5m 9s
    4. Installing Information Internet Services (IIS) on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
      1m 56s
    5. Configuring ASP.NET 3.5 on Windows Vista
      2m 15s
    6. Deploying an application on Windows Vista
      3m 29s
    7. Scripting a database for deployment
      3m 36s
    8. Exporting database scripts in SQL Server Management Studio 2012 (NEW)
      3m 20s
  15. 2m 0s
    1. Where to go from here
      2m 0s

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