Getting Started with Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition #2


In this moment I work with Web Matrix using MS SQL 2000 and MS Access databases and ASP.NET 1.1.

If I install Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition will I be able to:
1. Create ASP.NET 1.1 web sites and preview them?
    Probably  Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition generates code in ASP.NET 2.0.
    This is not a problem as I write all my code in my code editor.
2. Use MS SQL 2000 databases? I have Microsoft SQL Server 2000 installed in my computer.
3. Use Microsoft Access databases? The one that ships with Office 2003? (The latest one)

Can you give me any other advices?

Thank You,

6/8/2005 4:01:26 PM
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1, dont think so
2, yes
3, yes
6/8/2005 8:56:28 PM

does anyone know for sure if i can still create ASP.NET 1.1 web sites and preview them in Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition.

I need to be sure before I change from Web Matrix to Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition.


6/9/2005 1:15:15 AM
No, you can't. Every version of VS matches particular version of .NET framework. VS 2005 works with 2.0 only. VWD has no ability to switch target frameworks so you won't be able to say 'make this site 1.1'.

In reality, it all depends on what you are planning to do. You can create a web page that only contains controls that are available in both 1.1 and 2.0. In this case page will work in both 1.1 and 2.0 Web sites.

Technically speaking, you do can open 1.1 page in VWD and since 2.0 is backward compatible, you will get intellisense and full designer support. However, remember that VWD itself is running on 2.0, so all intellisense and toolbox elements will be matching 2.0 and you can accidentally user feature that is only available in 2.0 and won't find the mistake until you run the page on 1.1 server.

The scenario is not officially supported, so if you want to use VWD to edit 1.1 pages, you will be on your own (not much different from Matrix though :-))

I personally used VWD Beta 1 to design and code my personal ASP.NET 1.1 site. However, it is just a simple personal site. See


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6/11/2005 3:52:51 PM