How to Get Started with Visual Studio 2012 Web Express
Visual Studio 2012 Web Express is a free and easy-to-use tool for developing dynamic web applications. It has a streamlined interface that focuses on providing the tools that you need for creating web applications. You can use it to create ASP.NET websites and web application projects using various technologies such as Web Forms, MVC, Web API, and SignalR.
In this article, we will show you how to install Visual Studio 2012 Web Express, how to create a simple web application, and how to publish it to a local or remote server.
The easiest way to install Visual Studio 2012 Web Express is to use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer, which is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install, and service components of the Microsoft Web Platform. These components include Visual Studio 2012 Web Express, IIS Express, and the .NET Framework. You can also use it to install free ASP.NET and PHP web applications.
To install Visual Studio 2012 Web Express using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx and click Download.
Run the installer and accept the license terms.
Select Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web from the list of products and click Install.
Wait for the installation to complete and click Finish.
You can also download Visual Studio 2012 Web Express directly from https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/older-downloads/. You will need to log in with your Microsoft account or join the free Dev Essentials program to access the older versions of Visual Studio.
Creating a Simple Web Application
To create a simple web application using Visual Studio 2012 Web Express, follow these steps:
Launch Visual Studio 2012 Web Express from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.
Select New Project from the File menu.
In the New Project dialog box, expand Visual C# or Visual Basic, select Web, and choose ASP.NET Empty Web Application. Enter a name for your project and click OK.
In the Solution Explorer, right-click on your project and select Add, then New Item.
In the Add New Item dialog box, select Web Form, enter a name for your web form (such as Default.aspx), and click Add.
In the code editor, you can add HTML and server-side code to your web form. For example, you can add a label control and a button control as follows:
In the code-behind file (such as Default.aspx.cs), you can add event handlers and logic for your web form. For example, you can add a simple message box as follows: