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Old March 20th, 2008, 12:31 AM
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I am a newbie in asp.net 2.0 and need clarifications on how the web sites are organized.

I create a new web site with following options.
Location : File System and Path D:\Wrox\Chapter 01, as I want to use the files already available. Now, I get a message that there is already a Web site containing files at the Location 'D:\Wrox\Chapter 01'. How do you wish to proceed'. (Not sure why I get this as I am creating the web site only now.)

Here I choose the Open the existing Web Site. Now I see a solution created pointing to the location I choose. However, I also see that a new solution is created in the 'My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\Chapter 01' and this folder has only the Chapter 01.sln and .suo files. When I close and reopen, in the Recent projects I see only the 'C:\..\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\Chapter 01'. When opening it again all the files of Chapter 01 that are actually in folder D:\Wrox\Chapter 01 are shown in the solution explorer.

Please clarify what is the link between the C:\..\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Projects\Chapter x folder and the actual folder D:\Wrox\Chapter x containing the files.
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Everytime you create a project Visual Studio creates a folder at that location that stores the solution file for that project. That is pretty much the only link.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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A solution file is a file that contains links to many projects. Each project typically lives in its own directory. Technically the solution file can live anywhere. The projects can be web site projects (just a reference to a directory) or other project types which include a visual studio project file. Larger development efforts usually have complex solutions with lots of projects that reference each other. The solution file brings it all together. This way, if one developer introduces a new project into the chain of dependencies, it gets added to the solution so other developers get the update automatically instead of having to figure it out for themselves.

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Thats pretty clear. Thankyou.

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