Tip #105: Did you know … How to include empty directory when package a web application?

By design, Visual Studio 2010 will skip the empty directory when packaging web application project using web deploy.  To get empty directory packaged and deployed, we can work around this by adding an empty stub file inside the directory to make it non-empty. Then web deploy will package and deploy the directory with the stub…

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Tip #104: Did you know … How to view text for the ‘hint’ buttons on the Publish Web Dialog?

After the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio 2010, the Publish Web Dialog was modified to include two information buttons associated with the Service URL and Site/application text boxes.  (See Figure 1) Figure 1 – New information (‘hint’) buttons (see circled question marks) There are two keys to remember when trying to view the ‘help’…

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Tip #103 revisited

In Tip #103 I showed a way of customizing the start page in order to add the New Website and Open Website controls.  It turns out that using a loose XAML file as I did in that post is not the recommended practice; in fact, it’s recommended that you don’t do it that way. The…

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Tip #103: Adding the New Website and Open Website buttons to the VS2010 Start Page

In the new VS2010 UI, the start page has been completely re-written.  Part of the changes made were to hide the New Website and Open Website buttons.  Basically it went from the old look in VS2008: To the new look in VS2010: Of course, ASP.NET website projects are still around and not going away soon. …

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