Get started with .NET 2.0
This is a quick start to get going on developing .NET 2.0 applications.
First, Go visit : http://url123.com/ywdey
Here you can download the Free IDE Visual Studio 2005 Express. After you download the small Microsoft Downloader, you will notice you can also download SQL Sever 2005 Express edition. Its about 250 mb with SQL Server Express adding 50 more mb. I recommend getting both as SQL Express is a good free lightweight version of SQL Server 2005 and is adequate enough for developing purposes.
Note: The ASP.NET 2.0 framework will also be installed.
Second, Install Tools
Run the install on the new tools. The interface has been cleaned up and makes it easier to deploy your work environment. You no longer need a windows component CD, frontpage extensions or even IIS install [ eventhough I recommend it be Installed beforehand] .
Third, Visit http://url123.com/ywye3
The ASP.NET tutorials on the official website serve as a good quick start. Review articles on state management, data controls and access, compilation models.
Fourth, Review New Features by visiting :
Watch the ASP.NET Web Casts
Catch up on the new features of asp.net 2.0!!