VS 2005 Web Deployment Projects
This looks pretty slick:
One of the things we on the team still weren’t happy with, though, was the level of support in the vanilla product for more advanced deployment configurations/options beyond the core “Publish Web” scenarios built-into VS 2005 – specifically around assembly naming/output, advanced MSBuild customization, and other common scenarios that we’ve heard requests for over the years (for example: the ability to modify connection string settings depending on the build configuration, etc).
A couple of guys on my team have cranked over the last 2 months adding richer support for these scenarios that integrate nicely in the shipping product. We’ve packaged up this work in a new free download we call “VS 2005 Web Deployment Projects” and which we worked to make sure was available for download this week (which is the week of VS 2005 launch — so basically immediately when the product releases). This download does not touch any shipping binaries within VS 2005, but instead uses the extensibility support within the IDE and ASP.NET to integrate in a fairly cool way. VS 2005 Web Deployment Projects. (More info also at this followup post)