Web Enabling and Web Service are two very popular topics for many NonStop users. In the past 10 years, we have helped many customers in understanding and applying these technologies to enhance their NonStop applications. I would like to share some of that experience with you in this 5 part blog series by going through a step-by-step overview of these technologies. My goal is to help NonStop Users learn by doing.
In Part 1, I want to point you to some basic tools and resources that we will be using in our next few tutorial blogs. I would suggest that you download the tool and watch the video to get familiarized with them.
Download Learning Tool
The best way to learn about Web Enabling is to actually work with some samples. What you will need is a development tool that allows you to do everything on your desktop, without having to spend a lot of money or a lot of time to set up. One such tool that I would recommend is Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express. This is a free tool that you can use to learn about ASP.NET and the IIS technologies.
Its benefits include:
- It is free
- It is easy to install and set up
- There are lots of tutorial samples available
- It is a very popular and standard platform
It is very similar to Microsoft’s Visual Studio.NET. Is your organization doing any Windows development in some departments? If so, there is a good chance that someone is using Visual Studio already. That person could be a helpful resource for you in answering your questions about Visual Web Developer.
Download Microsoft Web Developer 2010 Express
Tutorial on ASP.NET
A lot information on ASP.NET is available on the Internet. One web site that I particularly like is Microsoft’s ASP.NET. It has a lot of good information, such as:
- Tutorials (including video)
- Sample code
- Free tools or controls for downloading
- Discussion forums
So if you have never worked with ASP.NET before, I would suggest that you
- Visit Microsoft ASP.NET web site (http://www.ASP.NET)
- Go to the “Getting Started page“
- Check out the “Build your First ASP.NET Web Application” (#3)
- Watch the short video tutorial “Create an app with ASP.NET Web Forms.”
- Try the step-by-step example from the video. This will give you a good start on what ASP.NET can do for you.
You can also get to the ASP.NET web site from within Visual Web Developer. When you open up the program, you will be promopted with this:
If you click on “Quickly Create Your First Application“, it will take you the ASP.NET web site also.
In our next blog installment (Part 2), I will step through an ASP.NET example that interfaces to Web Service.
Phil Ly is the president and founder of TIC Software, a New York-based company specializing in software and services that integrate NonStop with the latest technologies, including Web Services, .NET and Java. Prior to founding TIC in 1983, Phil worked for Tandem Computer in technical support and software development.