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The ASP.NET team is looking for feedback on some proposed changes to the directory structure of ASP.NET applications, in particular, the names of special folders:

ASP.NET recently announced several changes to the naming of the special directories recognized by the runtime. The renamed directories affected were:

· /Bin becomes /Application_Assemblies
· /Code becomes /Application_Code
· /WebReferences becomes /Application_WebReferences
· /Data becomes /Application_Data
· /Browsers becomes /Application_Browsers
· /Resources becomes /Application_GlobalResources
· /LocalResources becomes /Application_LocalResources
· /Themes becomes /Application_Themes

The goal of the renaming was to avoid conflicts with custom directories used by existing applications. Based on our customer research, we found that the previously used names Code, Data, Resources, Themes etc had a high chance of colliding with identically named directories in applications running on previous versions of ASP.NET that were upgrading to ASP.NET 2.0. These conflicts caused significant problems with seamless backward compatibility which is one of the most important goals of ASP.NET 2.0.

Your opinion matters...so head on over to the ASP.NET forums (via the link above), and let the team know what you think!

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