Unleash the Fun

At my last job, we used VisualStudio.NET deployment projects to reasonable effect. There were problems with installing and uninstalling web applications via MSIs, but it worked fairly well. I was never really satisfied with it, but I couldn’t find any alternative that seemed better.

Yesterday, my co-workers showed me the copy project feature of VS.NET and I thought to myself, “Wha? That’s all it takes?!!” You just specify the destination and it copies all the relevant project files to there.

Today, a co-worker showed me a VisualStudio.NET add-in called Unleash It that makes VS.NET copy project feature look positively ancient. It adds a lot of the niceties that the VS.NET feature lacks: profiles, FTP, command-line, ZIP file creation, among others. It’s free. Deployment now takes seconds, limited largely by your network (I’ve already mentioned how great ours is).

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