[thelist] site design using Visual Studio.NET/ASP.NET

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Wed Jun 9 00:39:16 CDT 2004

From: "Scott Dexter" <dexilalolai at yahoo.com>
Subject: [thelist] site design using Visual Studio.NET/ASP.NET

: I'm curious what others have done with the VisualStudio.NET IDE when
: it comes to site and page design, outside of the drag-and-drop of
: controls and stuff.

I would hesitate to do any sort of site design/layout in Visual Studio.NET
in its current incarnation. The next version of VS.NET uses a brand new
design surface that doesn't rely on the current crappy IE components.

There are a number of different methodologies you could use - user controls
are the simplest. Or you could create you own base class that inherits from
the Page class, and then have your pages based on that.

: What are the lessons, caveats, epiphanies,
: headaches? I.e. how is the CSS and dHTML integration? From what I'm
: finding out, there isn't much

There's a CSS editor that seems to work fine. There's intellisense for
Javascript and also a debugger. Otherwise, I don't think VS.NET is really
ready as a design tool. Use something else for that.

: (MS's wonderful idea of hiding those
: technologies from the developer)

I'm not sure how you figure that. There's a lot of power in the .Net
Framework, and in VS.NET itself. Not being an enterprise developer I can't
really articulate everything. Just remember that it is a developer tool
first-and-foremost *not* a design tool.


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