Begin by downloading the two applications we're going to need.
|Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express||Visual Web Developer is your IDE (Integrated Development Environment). It includes all the tools needed to build, compile and debug our application. As noted, there are various versions available but we're interested in the Web Developer edition. In my case Visual Web Developer 2008 was the most recent version.|
|Microsoft SQL Server Express||SQL Server Express is going to be our database backend to our C# website. When you go to download this application, be sure to get the version with the Advanced Services. This will give us a GUI frontend to our database and make managing that significantly easier. In my case I downloaded Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services.|