Difference between project types

What is the difference between ASP.NET Website and ASP.NET Web Application?
5/1/2009 7:08:59 AM
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The project form of a web 
is similar to the previous version of

visual studio (VS2003) where everything is compiled into a DLL
assembly file. ASP.NET 1.1 could only support

"code behind" in this
manner, the alternative being script embedded in the .aspx files.

ASP.NET 2.0 allows code behind files (.cs files) to accompany
the .aspx in the deployed version, whereupon it is compiled "on the
fly" by the web server. The "web site" form of web application in
VS2005 works on the same principle. It has the advantage of being
simpler to deploy and update. In addition to the project folder it can
create a website folder in your documents area instead of using
inetpub/wwwroot (which may not have been installed anyway). In this
mode VS2005 runs its own web server software using a special port



now this raises a question WHY???" Why would you want to compile something everytime you run
the web application, instead of compiling it and downloading the DLL?


well the answer cud be

The DLL file does not contain code that can be executed directly by
the Server processor

. It's an intermediate language that saves time
parsing the source code from scratch. Issues due to compiler version
differences might still arise.

However if you suspect that then try using the option of "publishing"
the web site which will create a DLL out of the .cs and other files.


also this artcile may be helpful to u



Please mark as answer if it helped u!
5/1/2009 8:04:49 AM

In short the website model is easier to work with but has less advanced features. All files in the folder are automatically included in your project.

5/1/2009 8:06:17 AM
These two answers are very different.  Are both true?  Also, I thought the web app is the NEWER of the two.
5/1/2009 8:17:21 AM

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