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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ASP.NET 2.0 Web Application Projects

I recently posted about how the lack of project files in Visual Studio 2005 Web Site Projects make it difficult to deploy web applications. I just came across this add-in for Visual Studio 2005 that actually addresses this very issue. It's called the Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Projects (WAP) and is available as a free download from Microsoft. WAP provides following features to ASP.NET 2.0 Web Site Projects in Visual Studio 2005:
  1. A project file that contains references to all web content as well as any assembly references.
  2. Compilation into single assembly that is built into the bin folder.
  3. Pre and Post Build actions.

While WAP is aimed at developers converting web applications from Visual Studio 2003, I think that it's an invaluable tool for anyone creating web applications using Visual Studio 2005.

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