Monday, November 23, 2009

Difference between website project and webapplication project in VS2008

n the web**site** project, you typically work off a directory on your disk. There is no "project" file that defines the project's structure. Anything that's in that directory and any of its subdirectories automatically becomes part of your site - which can be a good or a bad thing.

A website project usually doesn't live inside a namespace, e.g. any code in your App_Code subdirectory will typically not have a namespace associated with it, which makes it sort of tricky and messy to use and reference from other places.

The web**application** project on the other hand is a real, true-blue project, complete with a project file and all. Anything that's in your project file will become part of your project - if you want to add something, you have to do so explicitly - it's not just automagically part of your project just because it's in your project directory. Again - this can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your style of development.

In my personal opinion, I would prefer the web application over the web site, mainly for the fact that I have more and more explicit control over what happens. A file doesn't just get added to my project (and potentially wreck havoc) just because it's lying around on disk. I have namespace and all - I have more control over what happens, when it happens

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