The CD that accompanies this book includes everything you need to build ASP.NET applications. The CD contains the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK version 1.1 which includes both the Visual Basic and C# programming languages. You can install the .NET Framework SDK from the CD by double-clicking the file named Setup.exe in the Framework folder. This can also be downloaded from the www.ASP.net Web site.
The CD also includes ASP.NET Web Matrix. ASP.NET Web Matrix is the development environment developed by members of the ASP.NET team at Microsoft for building ASP.NET applications. You can install Web Matrix by double-clicking the file named webmatrix.msi located in the WebMatrix folder. The latest version can also be downloaded from the www.ASP.net Web site.
The only additional requirement for building ASP.NET applications is that you have the right operating system. For developing ASP.NET applications, you are required to have Windows 2000 (Professional or Server editions), Windows XP (Home or Professional editions), or Windows 2003 (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or Web editions). While you can develop ASP.NET applications using Windows XP Home edition and Windows 2000 Professional edition by using the Web server included with Web Matrix, you cannot use either of these operating systems for a production Web site.
The database chapters in this book assume that you have Microsoft SQL Server, MSDE, or Microsoft Access. The two sample applications in the last two chapters of this book, the job site and online store, require that you have either Microsoft SQL Server or MSDE installed on your computer. You can download MSDE from the www.ASP.net Web site.
The CD that accompanies this book includes a white paper named "Moving from ASP.NET 1.0 to 1.1" that focuses on the changes from ASP.NET 1.0 to ASP.NET 1.1.