Top 5 things you need to know when Migrating to .NET 2.0

If you are planning to Migrate to .NET 2.0 including ASP.NET 2.0, Windows Forms 2.0, and Visual Studio 2005, you may want to look at the tools and resources discussed in this editorial.

1. Web Project Conversion Wizard

The Web Project Conversion Wizard in Visual Studio 2005 has been updated to handle newly discovered conversion issues. This update will improve the success rate of the wizard and make it easier for developers to convert their Visual Studio .NET 2003 Web projects to the new Visual Studio 2005 Web Site project model. Here are some of the improvements found in this update:

  1. 1. Added ability to exclude files which were previously excluded in Visual Studio .NET 2003
  2. Added ability to access protected, auto-generated control variables 
  3. Added ability for converted assembly references to be refreshed when the web project is built
  4. Fixed renaming of aspx and ascx files to lowercase 
  5. Improved logic to not convert previously converted files 
  6. Renamed the file ConversionReport.txt to ConversionReport.webinfo 
  7. Added more detail to messages for file parsing errors 
  8. Improved conversion of user controls using base classes

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2. Step-By-Step Guide to Converting Web Projects from Visual Studio .NET 2002/2003 to Visual Studio 2005
This 14 pages article on MSDN guides you towards converting your older Web projects to Visual Studio 2005 and shows how to avoid pitfalls in the upgrading process with these best practices for converting Web projects in Visual Studio 2005.

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3. Video : Migrating from ASP to ASP.NET

This MSDN TV episode shows some of the differences when moving from VBScript-based ASP pages to Visual Basic .NET-based pages running inside of ASP.NET. Stefan Schackow demonstrates changes in variable declaration syntax, subroutine usage and inline code, data access with ADO, and Visual Basic-style error handling.

4. Book: Murach's ASP.NET 2.0 Upgrader's Guide: C# Edition

How to migrate from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0

Chapter 15 of this book shows you what's involved in converting your old ASP.NET applications to ASP.NET 2.0. As a result, you won't just learn how to convert them. You'll also gain the perspective you need to decide when..and's worth the trouble of converting them or whether you want to maintain them as 1.x applications.

5. Resources: .NET 2.0 Quick Start Tutorials

These .NET 2.0 Quick Start are the fastest way to understand what the .NET Framework technologyoffers leading-edge developers. Inside you'll find information about the most compelling features of the .NET Framework technology, including how to put them immediately to work for you or your company. To get started, go to :