SoftMind: You are right that not all of the hosters have upgraded to offer SQL Server 2005 Hosting. However, in designing this book, we went with 2005 for 2 reasons: One, SQL Server 2005 (whether Express or Standard) is really the preferred way to use ASP.NET 2.0. Yes, you can use SQL Server 2000 with it, but we expected more book readers to be going the route of using both new technologies together. 2nd, with the free availability of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (a much better free option than MSDE was for the 2000 era SQL Server) we thought most readers would experiment with this locally using SQL Server 2005 Express.
The number of hosters working with ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 might vary by country and I haven't looked at Microsoft India's site to see if they have a similar list. Here in the US, MSFT has a list of ASP.NET 2.0 hosters:
SQL Server 2005 hosters:
It's fairly easy to look through the lists here and find a hoster supporting both and having a good deal. Granted, if you are happy with your hoster and don't want to switch but they don't offer the version support you need, that's another problem.
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