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Name:Alex Dybenko

Location:Moscow, Russia

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How to compile ASP.NET site into one DLL

Never did it before, I thought it would be quite easy, with one click, but appears that there is no such functionality in Visual Studio (unless I missed it?). Fortunately, Microsoft made Visual Studio Web Deployment Projects, which make this part of life easier! Here the steps:

1. Download and install Visual Studio Web Deployment Projects:

VS2010: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=89F2C4F5-5D3A-49B6-BCAD-F776C6EDFA63

VS2008: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=0AA30AE8-C73B-4BDD-BB1B-FE697256C459

2. Open Visual Studio, open your web site, as you normally do

3. Run menu Build -"Add Web Deployment Project"

4. Put the name you like, set location to desired folder

5. Right-click on just created project, Property pages, in output assemblies make sure that "Merge all outputs to a single assembly" selected

6. While deployment project selected in Solution explorer - go to menu Build and run Build <deployment project name>

7. Wait some time while it compiles, then check content of deployment project folder

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