Microsoft updates VS 2005 Web Application Project

The latest release candidate of the VS 2005 Web App Project adds functionality like ASP.NET custom folder templates, SQL Express support and the ability to control registration within Web.Config files.

The April release candidate of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Project is now available. Download it here.

The Web App Project's main aim is to ease the process of migrating Visual Studio 2003 applications over to VS 2005 and .NET 2.0. It is meant to complement, rather than replace, the Web Site Project functionality already in VS 2005, Scott Guthrie points out here in his blog.

Commenting on the April release, Guthrie lists "a ton" of new functionality that has appeared since the February preview of Web App Project. The new functionality includes the following:

  • SQL DataSource Control Support
  • ASP.NET Custom Folder Templates
  • Component Designer Support
  • F7/Shift-F7 Navigation Support
  • Support for building multi-project applications and sub-web projects

    Guthrie also links to tutorials and white papers to walk developers through the Web App Project process. Definitely worth a look.

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