I'm ultra excited about what ASP.NET 2.0 has to offer, but we are still a few months away from Beta2 and Go-Live.  In the mean-time we have been working to help ASP.NET 1.x developers take advantage of some of the new 2.0 concepts today.  One of the biggest requets has been around Membership, Role Management and Personalization.  I'm happy to announce a Member Management Component for ASP.NET 1.1 that attempts to simulate the functioanlity in 2.0 today.  It is a great way to start architecting your apps to take advatnage of future features and make the switch to the native functionality even easier.  For all the details and to download the prototype component visit: http://www.asp.net/Default.aspx?tabindex=6&tabid=41

We've also started a new forum for discussion and questions which you can find at: http://www.asp.net/Forums/ShowForum.aspx?tabindex=1&ForumID=186

Ready to get strated:  Download the bits at http://www.asp.net/MemberRoles/memberroles.htm

This is super exciting stuff, let us know what you think (either here or in the forums!)

 

UPDATE 6/24: I really don't reccommend this anymore -- definitely use the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta-2 with Go-live now that it is out -- if you are absolutely stuck on it though make sure to heed the warnings:

Warning:  [bgold](I’m adding emphasis)

There are several things you should consider before using this component in your application:

·         There is no support provided by Microsoft for this component. No updates or new versions will be released.

·         The license for this component expires 90 days after the release of ASP.NET 2.0.

·         If you use this component in your ASP.NET 1.1 application, there will be significant work required to upgrade that application to use the ASP.NET 2.0 Membership and Roles feature.

·         If you are interested in leveraging Membership and Roles functionality in your application, we recommend that you build your application using ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 instead of using this component. There is a Go-Live license for ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2 which allows you to deploy your applications in product environments. Migrating your application from the Beta 2 version of ASP.NET 2.0 to the final version of ASP.NET 2.0 will be much easier than migrating your application from the ASP.NET 1.1 Member Roles Prototype to the final version of ASP.NET 2.0