Web Deployment Projects (WDP) for Visual Studio 2008 – December 2007 CTP Released



Visual Studio 2008 Web Deployment Projects is an add-in to Visual Studio 2008 which provides developers with advanced compilation and deployment options… A Web Deployment project is extensible, enabling web developers to create pre-build and post-build actions…

Download Location

You can download this RTW version from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0AA30AE8-C73B-4BDD-BB1B-FE697256C459&displaylang=en

Feature Summary

A Web Deployment project provides the following features for building and deploying ASP.NET 2.0 Web sites:

  • ASP.NET 2.0 precompilation as part of the build process.
  • More flexible options for generating compiled assemblies from a Web project, including these alternatives:
    • A single assembly for the entire Web site.
    • One assembly per content folder.
    • A single assembly for all UI components.
    • An assembly for each compiled file in the Web site.
  • Assembly signing options.
  • The ability to define custom pre-build and post-build actions.
  • The ability to exclude folders from the build.
  • The ability to modify settings in the Web.config file, such as the <connectionString> element, based on the Visual Studio build configuration.
  • Support for creating .msi files with setup projects.


A tutorial on Web Deployment Projects can be found at Scottgu’s blog


Via Your Websites, Our Passion! : Web Deployment Projects (WDP) for Visual Studio 2008 – December 2007 CTP Released


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