"This add-in includes a new tool that enables you to merge the assemblies created during ASP.NET 2.0 precompilation, and it provides a comprehensive UI within Visual Studio 2005 for managing build configurations, merging, and pre-build and post-build task using MSBuild."
I think that it is essential add-on to develop in web using VS 2005. Scott Guthrie burned it with an overview on the Web Deployment Add-On a week ago.
"...Developers can control whether to pre-compile the web entirely, or to support html source updates. Only the later option was supported in VS 2003 and meant that you always had to deploy your .aspx source files on your production server (these were in turn dynamically compiled by ASP.NET at runtime the first time the app was run). ASP.NET 2.0 still supports this compile option (we call it the allow updates option in VS 2005). ASP.NET 2.0 also now supports a mode where you can optionally compile everything inside VS including the .aspx/.ascx control definitions and html source. This produces a more efficient version of the app, and eliminates the need for a first-time dynamic compile performance hit when your app is run. It also allows you to protect more of the IP of your site, and enables you better compile-time checking of your application...."
Sunday, November 13, 2005 3:49 AM