Where is Visual Web Developer within Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition?

I have VS2008 Standard Edition installed on a Win XP Home Edition which of course does not have IIS. I've seen in the doc how "Visual Web Developer" is not only free with an "Express Edition" of its own but is good for precisely doing web page development without IIS.

Now I am guessing that to do this in Standard Edition one simply has to create web sites using the "File System" (rather than HTTP). That is effectively using "Visual Web Developer" when one is fortunate enough to have the Standard Edition. Asking another way, "where is Visual Web Devl inside Standard Edition? I cannot find it!".

Is my understanding above correct? I hope the question makes sense? Thanks! 


6/25/2008 8:30:15 PM
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You kinda talking in circles and seems you don't understand the terms you are using.

 Here some clarification:

  1. Visual Studio Standard Edition: Comes with Visual Web Designer. There are no sub editions off of standard. (Standard comes with alot of modules or what they call products)
  2. Visual Web Developer, Express Edition - You are limited to using Visual Web Developer and no other module that comes with standard (like the module used to work with WIndow Forms Apps). The Express version of Visual Studio  is sub skued.
  3. Visual Web Developer- A design surface for ASP.NET and Web applications. Visual Web Designer uses the Cassini web server client in cases where the web project isn't hosted in IIS.

I have professional here is what I have installed (I highlight Visual Web Developer for your benifit) You'll also notice I have third party products installed which is not possible with Express:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Version 8.0.50727.762  (SP.050727-7600)
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 2.0.50727 SP1

Installed Edition: Professional

Microsoft Visual Basic 2005  
Microsoft Visual C# 2005

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005  
Microsoft Visual J# 2005

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005  

Microsoft Web Application Projects 2005  
Version 8.0.50727.762
Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005
EventToaster   1.0
PowerToy demonstrating how to respond to IDE events from a package.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition - ENU Service Pack 1 (KB926601)  
This service pack is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition - ENU.
If you later install a more recent service pack, this service pack will be uninstalled automatically.
For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926601

SourceOutliner   1.0
Creates a tool window that provides an outline view of a source code file.

SuperDiff   1.0
Implements the WinDiff engine in a Visual Studio tool window.

 So in short Standard Edition gives you much more than just the web developer product.

6/25/2008 9:14:05 PM

Neither VS 2008 or VS 2005 require IIS.

The Web Features are built in to the existing IDE of both so a separate Web Developer is not required

When you create a web site it will be created in your VS 2008 (or VS 2005) Web Site folder by default or you can put anywhere else in your file system that you might prefer.

All the web related tools will also be in your toolbox and be available to your .ASPX page.

Hope that's clear and answers all of your questions.

6/25/2008 10:46:45 PM

Thanks for responding. I realize my question is kind of fuzzy. I have used VS2005 for a long time on my XP professional machine at work where I have IIS installed and where I can develop sites on the File System, HTTP localhost or remote web servers. On my home PC running XP Home Edition without IIS I presume all my web pages developed with VS2008 Standard Edition will need to use the File System not HTTP.

I guess I just want to know where is "Visual Web Developer" launched from. Start->All Programs->Visual Studio 2008 (or 2005) exposes ONLY Visual Studio as a choice.

Please understand I have never installed the "Express Editions" of these products. I suppose perhaps these editions expose something called "Visual Web Developer" in the Program Tree.

When I look at the Help->About box I see roughly the same thing that "Visual Web Developer" is installed but since there seems no way to "start it" I presume it just means the IDE of Visual Studio.

Are these presumptions correct? Here is my COPY INFO from Help-About:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
Version 9.0.21022.8 RTM
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 3.5

Installed Edition: Standard

Microsoft Visual Basic 2008   91851-136-3930094-60934
Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

Microsoft Visual C# 2008   91851-136-3930094-60934
Microsoft Visual C# 2008

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008   91851-136-3930094-60934
Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008

6/26/2008 4:48:00 PM


I guess I just want to know where is "Visual Web Developer" launched from. Start->All Programs->Visual Studio 2008 (or 2005) exposes ONLY Visual Studio as a choice.



I have the same set up on my home pc except that it's a tablet so I have access to IIS. However, I don't need to use it with VS 2005 Standard.

All I do is go to the File Menu and Create a Project or a Web Site using the default file locations that VS 2005 sets up when it installs in the My Documents folder. Web sites will be saved to the Web Sites folder in the VS 2005 folder and Projects will be saved to the Projects folder.

You probably know this but I'm just giving a little more detail in case you don't or in case someone else reads this and needs more specifics.

So, the process is identical to the one that you would use at work except the location of the Web Files. At work you probably place these in wwwroot.

The creation of the web site will create a default.aspx page as per normal, again, no different from developing in an IIS environment and when you run the Debugger a page will display.

At this point, you will see an icon in your toolbox which, if you scan it, should give the port number it's using and say local host: http://localhost:<portnumber>

This is the built-in Web Server.

Does this explain it more clearly?




6/26/2008 5:27:52 PM

 Just one more comment. As far as I know there is no independent component (or need for one) that you need to access.

They call it Visual Web Developer but in VS 2005, as far as I know, it's integrated into the IDE.

When you do your initial install you do have the option of starting in that mode but that mode also appears automatically when you Create a Web site project.

It's my understanding that the Express versions split all the modes into smaller independent packages, one of which is called Visual Web Developer.


6/26/2008 5:35:09 PM

 Thank you, bluejeanbaby, for a very clear explanation. I am going to try to re-summarize briefly for any other confused people:

  • In VStudio2005/2008 Standard Edition, "visual web developer" is not something you START as from the Program Tree but rather simply a "mode" within the IDE which is building a web site project or a "web site" - each model defaulting to a different folder within the My Documents\Visual Studio 200x\ hierarchy.
  • Using VStudio2005/2008 Standard on Win XP Home Edition means any web site or web app project must use the built-in server (not IIS) which in turn means it cannot be HTTP but instead must be stored within the File System (one of the choices in the dropdownlist).
I think I have it now (assuming the above recap is correct) !Smile

6/26/2008 6:03:57 PM

 You got it John. :-)

6/26/2008 6:40:51 PM

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