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Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 in C# by Matthew MacDonald

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CHAPTER 4

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Visual Studio

In the ancient days of web programming, developers created web pages with simple text editors such as Microsoft’s Notepad. Often they wrote raw, messy HTML, with blocks of script code inserted wherever necessary.

Visual Studio offers a far better alternative. First, it’s extensible and can even work in tandem with traditional web editors such as Microsoft Expression Web and Adobe Dreamweaver. In other words, you can do the heavy-duty .NET 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 ...

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