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    Should I install V Web Developer Express (1.1/2.0)

    Will installing Visual Web Developer Express Beta 2 on my development machine mess up the environement for existing ASP.NET projects? The installation routine says that it will install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2.
    I am in the process of learning ASP.NET with VB.NET. I have some classic ASP experience but have been asked to support an existing ASP.NET site. This runs on the current level (which I think is 1.1) and works on the test set-up on my lap top. I can't afford Visual Studio .NET so I am using Dreamweaver MX as my development environment. This works but does not provide Intellisense and, I think, means that I will have to hand write a lot of the code behing screen objects that Visual Studio would write automatically. Visual Web Express seems to offer a solution in that it claims to have Intellisense and (as far as I can tell without actially using it) seems to have a more intuitive interface for adding screen objects, setting their properties and accessing their events. And, most importantly, the Beta 2 version is free with a magazine.
    Will the Framework 2.0 overwrite the previous Framework files? Are they supposed to be backwards compatible?
    Is there another low cost alternative to Visual Studio?

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    Re: Should I install V Web Developer Express (1.1/

    That free Web Developer is very inviting, but... I think there is a risk of mixing things in a way that breaks your current setup. One of the selling points of .NET is the "end of DLL hell," that is, the ability of different frameworks to coexist. But how much do you trust that promise? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> If you can't get another machine freed up, maybe you can get some virtual machine or multi-boot software to test it out first and decide that it's worth it before making the big commitment.

    As for other .NET-aware tools, I was going to say Dreamweaver...

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    Re: Should I install V Web Developer Express (1.1/

    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll stick to the current level for now.
    On Dreamweaver, can it be set up to automatically create and/or add code to a code behind file when you alter controls in the design file? I'm not afraid of writing code, I just suspect that there will be an awful lot of it to write by hand, with inevitable mistakes, if the Microsoft products aren't used.

    Ian

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