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Publishing a Website in Visual Studio Express Edition

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Modified on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, 9:28 AM by Administrator Categorized as ASP·NET Web Forms, Visual Studio and Developer Tools

Overview

Visual Web Developer 2005 (and 2008) Express Edition do not have the Publish website item on their Build menus. This article shows a work-around.

Implementation

(1) In Visual Studio Web Developer 2005 (or 2008), navigate to Tools > External Tools.

(2) In the External Tools dialog, specify the following parameters.

FieldValue
TitlePre-&compile (non-updatable)
CommandC:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_compiler.exe
Arguments-p "$(ProjectDir)" -v / "$(ProjectDir)\..\Publication"
Use Output WindowChecked

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(3) Now you can publish any website via the Tools menu > Pre-compile (non-updatable) menu item.

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  Name Size
- ExternalToolsDialog.png 12.51 KB
- ToolsMenuItem.png 5.72 KB

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