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Thursday, August 31, 2006

ASP.NET 2.0 Deployment

Microsoft screwed up royally in Visual Studio 2005 when it comes to deployment of web projects. It seems like they initially assumed that everyone would use web site publishing feature for deployments, but that certainly is not the case. Later they came up with the Visual Studio 2005 Web Deployment Projects (WDP) add-in hoping to rectify their oversight, but WDP is nothing more than a lame bandage over a broken bone. The departure of project files from ASP.NET projects serves as an icing on the cake! And what exactly were they thinking when they decided that web projects can't have any more than two build configurations (Debug and Release)? While I really like .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, I just can't come to peace with the fact they did not think through deployment features of ASP.NET projects.

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