Q2. What is Visual Web Developer? Is it Different from Visual Studio 2005?
A2. Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition is part of the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 family, and is the best development tool for building data driven web applications with ASP.NET 2.0. As part of the Express family, Visual Web Developer provides a seamless upgrade path to Visual Studio Standard, Professional, and Team System.
Yes its different from Visual Studio 2005, this one is available as a free download while Visual Studio 2005 has several versions that may be purchased from MS.
Q3. What are features of Visual Web Developer?
A3. Intellisense Everywhere - the popup code hints which appear while you type -- has a dramatic impact on your productivity as a developer. While support for Intellisense in Visual Studio .NET 2003 is excellent today, support for Intellisense in Visual Web Developer gets even better.
In Visual Web Developer, Intellisense pops up everywhere. For example, you can take full advantage of Intellisense within the script blocks in single file ASP.NET pages. In addition, Visual Web Developer also supports Intellisense for ASP.NET Page Directives and for inline CSS style attributes within a page.
Visual Web Developer also provides Intellisense for all sections within a Web.Config configuration file, as well as any generic XML file that contains a DTD or XML Schema reference.
HTML Source Preservation
Visual Web Developer respects your HTML. The formatting of your HTML markup -- including all white space, casing, indention, carriage returns, and word wrapping -- is now preserved exactly as originally written, even when switching back and forth between the design view and source view of the page. You can completely trust Visual Web Developer to never modify your markup.
HTML Formatting Options
Visual Web Developer enables you to precisely control the format of all HTML and ASP.NET Server Control markup generated using the WYSIWYG designer. You can now configure the tag casing, attribute quotation, indention style and word wrap characteristics of every html or server control tag in a page. You can set these formatting options as defaults for all markup, as well as optionally override each formatting option on a per tag/control basis. This provides you with the flexibility to fully control exactly how you want your markup to be generated.
The HTML source editor within Visual Web Developer ships with a new Tag Navigator feature that enables developers to easily track their location and navigate within a complicated HTML document. The Tag Navigator displays the current "path" within the source of an HTML page by displaying a list of all the HTML tags which contain the tag where your cursor is currently located. Clicking on any of the nodes enables developers to optionally change the source level selection, and quickly move up and down a deep HTML hierarchy.
Tag Outlining enables you to work more effectively with large HTML documents. With Tag Outlining, you can right-click any HTML tag in the source editor and select Collapse Tag to hide the entire contents of the tag. Collapsing different regions of the HTML source code contained in a page makes it easier to focus on the particular region of the page which you need to edit.
Flexible Browser Targeting and Validation
Visual Web Developer enables you to easily target a specific HTML standard or browser when writing your HTML pages. For example, you can target your HTML pages to work with a particular browser such as Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Internet
Explorer 6.0. Alternatively, you can target a particular HTML standard such as XHTML 1.0 Strict or XHTML 1.0 Transitional.