The ASP.NET 2.0 Beta QuickStarts have recently been updated and I must say they are looking pretty sweet. There is tons of code and tons of documentation describing the code. This live tutorial is an excellent starting point for newcomers to ASP.NET and is also a fantastic reference for existing users – check out the Class Browser feature, for example. It also provides a live showcase of ASP.NET 2.0 features in action that anyone can view for themselves.
I like how they highlight the new 2.0 features at the top of each page and that they provide the ability to run the examples without needing to download the code. I also love the class browser that looks to show every namespace class, method, property,… in the .NET Framework. They still don’t have pages for methods, properties, and events, however, I assume this is coming.
Improvements over the Beta 1 QuickStarts include:
- New polished look and feel
- QuickStart infrastructure based on Whidbey features, such as SiteMap and MasterPages
- Everett samples are included with the Whidbey samples
- New control reference section
- Integrated class browser
- TreeView-based source viewer
Check the QuickStarts out at http://beta.asp.net/QUICKSTART/aspnet/default.aspx
If you have comments good or bad on the QuickStarts feel free to post them as feedback and I will get them to the people that make this happen.