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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development Cookbook by Ed Musters

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Setting up your first web application

You are ready to start developing on SharePoint 2010! Well almost. I am going to strongly recommend a development approach for you. I ask for a moment of patience as I explain.

A specific SharePoint site (say, a Team Site) lives within a Site Collection. The site collection in turn lives within a Web Application (in IIS) and that web application will have an associated content database (literally, a SQL Server database that has been created to hold the content within the site collections of that web application). You may also know this as the SharePoint containment hierarchy.

My advice then revolves around creating an entirely new web application for the project you want to work on. Let's say that project is ...

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