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Choose an ASP.NET Editor



By Paul Litwin


Choosing your ASP.NET editor and development environment is a lot like choosing your religion - it's not something you do lightly. Here are five links from around the Web to help you in your quest for the perfect editor.


  • Visual Studio .NET is probably the first editor people think of when they think of .NET - and for good reason. VS .NET is the Cadillac (or should I say the Mercedes) of .NET development environments. It comes in a variety of editions at different price points. Check out this link to help you choose the right one - perhaps you'll save yourself a few hundred dollars.
  • In case you missed it, Microsoft has released a free ASP.NET editor dubbed the ASP.NET Web Matrix Project. Unlike VS .NET, Web Matrix is lean and mean, and it won't burn a hole in your pocket. You can read more about it in Meet the Web Matrix Project by Scott Mitchell, or you can download a copy of Web Matrix right now by going to the product site.
  • Microsoft isn't the only vendor that does .NET. Macromedia recently released Dreamweaver MX, the successor to Dreamweaver UltraDev. You can buy it alone or in a bundle as part of Macromedia MX Studio. We'll be reviewing the product in the October 2002 issue of asp.netPRO, but in the meantime, here's a link to Macromedia's Web site, where you can download a 30-day trial version (or buy the real thing).
  • August Wind Software has sold an ASP classic editor for some time named ASP Express. Version 2.0 of ASP Express supports both ASP classic and ASP.NET. You can download a 45-day trial version or buy the product for $95 (the competitive upgrade price) at the product site.
  • Here's a free editor for editing web.config files from Hunter Stone. It's focused and free. But you better hurry - after Aug. 30, 2002, Hunter Stone plans to charge for it. Download your copy right away.


Paul Litwin is editor and technical director of asp.netPRO. E-mail him at [email protected].



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