Forms authentication and membership



I'm new to and confused about how forms authentication and
membership are used in real-world apps. For example, suppose I want to
create a website that allows users to register, log in and interact with
custom data in SQL server. I can use membership to take care of the
usernames/passwords, with the database set up by aspnet_regsql, but then
how does that fit in with the custom data I want users to store? If I
create extra tables, how do I get at the data belonging to the logged-in
user? Or do I forgo membership and handle the username/password stuff
myself, in which case how do I store and retrive the user ID using forms
authentication? How is this normally done? Help appreciated!


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