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Opening Web Projects

Visual Studio .NET 2003

The method you use to open a Web project depends on the source-control options you have chosen for the project. If you are using source control to manage your project files, you must open and save project files according to the guidelines set in the Source Control node of the Options dialog box. For more information on using source control to manage your project files, see Source Control Services.

For Web projects that are not under source control, project files stored on a server can be opened simultaneously by multiple users. When the project is opened, copies of the project files are stored on your local computer. Before executing a build command, Visual Studio replaces the project files stored on the server with the edited files located in your local directory. If you execute the Build command either directly or when debugging your project, and there is another developer currently working on the project, you will overwrite any project files saved by the second developer.

When you open a Web project, the system opens it using the Web access method (file share or FrontPage Server Extensions) last used for the project. For more information about choosing a Web access method, see Web Access Methods.

To open an existing Web project that is not part of source control

  1. On the File menu, point to Open, and then choose Project From Web.
  2. In the Open Project From Web dialog box, enter the URL of the Web server where the project is located, and then click OK.
  3. In the Open Project dialog box, double-click your Web project's folder.
  4. Double-click the appropriate project file to open the project.

    The Web project opens and its files are listed in Solution Explorer. If the project could not be opened, an error message is shown that allows you to try another Web access method or to work offline. For more information, see Troubleshooting Web Projects.

See Also

Web Access Methods | Creating Web Projects | Changing Web Project Access Methods | Visual Basic and Visual C# Projects | Working with Web Projects | Source Control Services