Installing Optional Components

There are a couple of additional components that you might like to consider using. They are not required for this book, but I find them useful on a day-to-day basis.

IIS Express

Visual Studio includes a web server that you can use to run and debug your MVC framework applications. For the most part, it does everything that we require, and we’ll be using it throughout this book.

As useful as it is, the built-in server, known as the ASP.NET Development Server, doesn’t support the full range of options that are available in IIS. As a simple example, the built-in server doesn’t support SSL. It is possible to use the full, non-Express edition of IIS as you develop an application, but you will lose the tight integration ...

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