ASP.NET Whidbey adds a huge number of productivity features and enhancements. Although it's still early in the development process, Paul Sheriff and Ken Getz dig in and start playing with some of the new features, passing along what they've found.
by Ken Getz
Paul D. Sheriff
Feb 19, 2004
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What Happened to IIS?
It's clear, given the examples so far, that Visual Studio .NET Whidbey makes it a lot easier to create and manage Web projects on your development computer. It appears that some magic is going onyou're getting Web sites created without the hassle of creating virtual directories! If you've ever created lots of sample sites on your development computer and then had the problem of cleaning up your IIS folder, deleting the Web cache folder, and making sure that you had a virtual root set up for every project you retrieved from other developers, you'll rejoice at the concept of not needing to involve IIS in your Web development. What's going on, then? How can you create Web sites and run them without needing to create virtual directories?
You'll rejoice at the concept of not needing to involve IIS in your Web development.
If you create a Web site using any of the first three templates and then you run the project, you will notice an icon and balloon appearing in the lower right hand corner of your screen, like Figure 5. This balloon indicates that you've started up the Visual Web Developer Web Server (similar to the Cassini server that ships as part of the Web Matrix product). This Web Server runs your site using a random port off of the localhost location, and doesn't require you to create a virtual directory from which to run your sites locally.