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Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010 by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 4. Visual Studio

In the ancient days of web programming, developers created web pages with simple text editors such as Notepad. Other choices were available, but each suffered from its own quirks and limitations. The standard was a gloves-off approach of raw HTML with blocks of code inserted wherever necessary.

Visual Studio changes all that. First, it's extensible and can even work in tandem with web editors such as Microsoft Expression Web or Adobe Dreamweaver. In other words, you can do the heavy-duty coding with Visual Studio but use another web design tool to make everything look pretty. Second, Visual Studio includes indispensable time-saving features. For example, it gives you the ability to drag and drop web pages into existence ...

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