Microsoft Web Deployment Tool

Microsoft Web Deployment Tool
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Microsoft are now offering a deployment tool to assist with the scary XCOPY-style deployments of .NET web applications. I’m old enough to have used XCOPY in DOS. It always seemed a little backwards to me: invest millions and millions in a language and platform to take on Java, and still use something that hasn’t changed since DOS to push your built apps around.

The features seem quite useful. It’ll allow you to compare both the source and target filesystems to only copy what has changed; GUI and command line I believe. It looks like it uses it’s own wire protocol to move assemblies about; no having to map drives or fiddle with UNC paths.

Props to my colleague Daniel Richardson who told me about this. I still owe him a beer.

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