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Creating dynamic pages from your static pages is the next logical step, and nothing beats taking an ASP tutorial. There are several good sites out there which can get you started.
Sure you can use Notepad to code with...but to really take advantage of everything VS.Net is the way to go.
If you have used any of the prior Visual Studio software you probably have seen this technology. Dreamweaver MX also includes something similar, though not for ASP.Net.
Hope this help,
Another thing I'd recommend buying a good book on ASP.Net. Sticky mail me and I can recommend the one I have.
The book I'd recommend is ASP.NET Unleashed from Sams by Stephen Walther. It's big and expensive, but it's quite in depth, and it doesn't require you to have VS.Net. It even provides example on how to compile with just the .NET framework. Also most of the examples are page based, which is also beneficial for those who don't want to purchase VS.Net. I'd certainly recommend it for beginner to intermediate level, I looked at quite a few books, but this one seemed to be, by far, the best.
One note though, the edition I have isn't completely updated for the newer version of .Net, so the information on ODBC database connectors is missing. This isn't necessarily a problem though as the SQL and OleDB aren't that much different.
I did this because I wanted to learn the language myself. Visual Studio.NET does so much for you that it's easy to build an application and not know exactly what you've done or why things work a particular way. Once I have a frim grasp on the .NET underpinnings I'll move to VS.NET so that I can speed things up.
BTW Dreamweaver MX does have Intellisense for .NET but it's not as extensive as VS.NET and it does not do it for ADO.NET. That is ok for me because I mainly copy and paste from a group of standard data functions anyway. It will autocomplete on an ASPX page though.
I highly recommend agianst VS.net wizards. They will hurt you in the long run. Not sure why you think dreamweaver is a good tool if you are learning .net though. It likes to compile your stuff so you never really see some of their add on code. If you really want the underpinnings then go with web matrix.