ASP.NET is the latest incarnation of Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) - a powerful server-based technology, designed to create dynamic and interactive HTML pages for your web site, or corporate Intranet. ASP.NET also constitutes a core element in Microsoft's .NET vision, providing web-based access to an immensely powerful new development environment, .NET; in this respect alone, it's a great leap ahead of all previous versions of ASP. This book will provide you with a step-by-step introduction to ASP.NET using VB.NET with plenty of worked examples that will help you to gain a deep understanding of what ASP.NET is all about, and how you can harness it to build powerful web applications. Who is this book for? This book is aimed at relatively inexperienced web builders who are looking to enrich their sites with dynamically-generated content, and want to learn how to start building web applications using ASP.NET. Developers who have a little experience with previous versions of ASP (and are looking to move over to ASP.NET), may also find this book helpful in getting a simple grasp on what ASP.NET is, what it does, and how it can be used. Experience of basic HTML is required, but previous experience of ASP or VBScript is not essential. We'll be teaching the basics of VB.NET in this book, so prior experience of VB.NET is not required. What does this book cover? Creating basic ASP.NET pages; Learning the basics of VB.NET; Understanding the concepts of Object Oriented Programming; Working with Data and XML; The ASP.NET Server Controls; Creating User Controls and Components; Exploring the world of Web Services; Configuring your ASP.NET Applications.