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Project file in ASP.NET 2.0

This article explains what happened to the concept of "project file" in ASP.NET

If you are an experienced .NET developer, you must be familiar with the project files with the extension .csproj or .vbproj (depending on the language you choose to develop your project).

In ASP.NET 2.0, there is no concept of "project" for web sites. All web pages and related files are organized directly under the "solution".

You create a new web site using VWD and a solution will be automatically created for you. If you look at your web site folder using windows explorer, you will just see a couple of default files, but no project files.

The solution files are located in your "Documents and Settings" folder by default. After you create a new web site using VWD, look into the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Windows Login Name>\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\MyFirstProject. You will see a file called "MyFirstProject.sln" (assuming "MyFirstProject" is the name of your web site.)

You will also notice that there is no "Bin" folder and no binary executable created for the web site you build the web application. The source files are compiled dynamically in ASP.NET 2.0.

Read more about the Bin folder in ASP.NET 2.0.

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