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Last post Jan 18, 2013 08:09 AM by Topspy
Jan 16, 2013 07:13 PM|LINK
I have a few years of experience with ASP.NET, but until now I have only used the web server of my hosting provider, so I have no experience with installing ASP.NET. For some reasons (mainly testing) I consider installing on my own system, but I'm afraid
I get lost as a beginner.
I had my computer purchased with Windows already installed, so I don't have a Windows installation cd with IIS. Also I use Dreamweaver 8 for my coding, so I don't have Visual Studio. Somewhere I read, with ASP.NET version 3+ you don't even have to install
a web server to test things locally. My question is: will I get somewhere?
Just before posting this, I read the FAQ of this forum and came across this link of the Web Platform Installer (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9730538). I am not sure what is going to happen when I choose
to install. Does it install both IIS and the .NET framework?
Jan 16, 2013 08:20 PM|LINK
you could install/active IIS without a problem. What Visual Studio includes (I think since an update to the 2010 version) is called IIS Express which is a small development version of the full blown IIS (and an alternative to Cassini for development). You
can get it from this site -
For development purposes you can go with IIS Express without a problem, but keep in mind that some features aren't included in it.
With the Web Platform Installer (WPI) you don't get IIS and .NET automatically (I don't even know if you can install these things from WPI, but I would guess no). But WPI is usefull if you want to install things like the Windows Azure SDK, Umbraco, etc.
Most of the installation process will be done automatically. Another benefit is that you don't have to search the web to get the latest version of a SDK or something similar.
Jan 18, 2013 08:09 AM|LINK
You can get webmatrix and visual web developer express. they're free and pretty easy to get running in quick time.