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    newbie question

    Hello,
    There is a website that has some input boxes and after you enter the input you press a button and an answer shows up.
    1) I am pretty sure that the website is in ASP, how can I be sure?
    2) I want to make a windows application that behaves like the website, for the user it will have a specific MMI and to the internet it shell behave like I am working in the browser.
    can anyone please give me a starting point?
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    If the pages have ".asp" extensions, it is ASP.

    If the pages have ".aspx" extensions, it is ASP.NET.

    To create a windows application pretty much means ignoring all the code you have and starting over. This will be a *LITTLE* easier to do if the current pages are ASP.NET. There are some parallel coding structures that you can use for windows apps vs. web apps if you are using, say, Visual Studio to create ASP.NET and Windows .NET code.

    There's really no windows app framework that is even close to classic ASP.
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    What next?

    The page ends with aspx.
    How do I start making an application to what I asked?

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    Best thing to do: Get Visual Studio. If you want a free version (which should be adequate for this case), try Visual C# Express or Visual VB.NET Express, as appropriate, from http://msdn.microsoft.com/express

    Then spend a few days getting familiar with how the windows form controls work compared to the web controls.

    When you are ready, build up your windows form using the handy Visual Studio drag and drop tools.

    Then if you have any classes in the ASP.NET code, try copy/pasting them to your new Windows Form project. If those classes involve and form interaction they will need changes, of course, but hopefully not too huge changes (depends on how tied in with the ASP.NET interface they are).

    This will *NOT* be a "cookie cutter" conversion project. YOu will need to really understand fairly well what the ASP.NET code was doing so that you can modify and/or integrate it with the new Windows Forms code.
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