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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Unleashed by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Chapter 4. Solutions and Projects

Solutions and projects are the containers Visual Studio uses to house and organize the code that you write within the IDE. Solutions are virtual containers; they group and apply properties across one or more projects. Projects are both virtual and physical in purpose. Besides functioning as organizational units for your code, they also map one to one with compiler targets. Put another way, Visual Studio turns projects into compiled code. Each project will result in the creation of a .NET component (such as a DLL or an EXE file).

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Web projects are compiled, but an assembly won’t be generated until they are published. We cover ...

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