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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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32.9. ASP.NET Web Sites and ASP.NET Web Applications

When you are about to build a new ASP.NET web application, you will need to make a choice regard which of two project formats you will make use of, specifically an ASP.NET Web Site or an ASP.NET Web Application. Your choice of web project will control the way in which Visual Studio organizes and processes your web application starter files, the type of initial project files that are created, and how much control you have over the resulting composition of the compiled .NET assembly.

When ASP.NET was first released with .NET 1.0, the only option was to build what is now termed a web application. Under this model, you have direct control over the name and location of the compiled output assembly. ...

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