Precompile ASP.NET 2.0 Application



The ASP.NET 2.0 compiler action allows you to precompile ASP.NET 2.0 applications before deployment.


Precompiling has two main advantages:


The ASP application does not need to be compiled when first accessed.
By deploying only compiled ASP applications, the ASPX source files do not need to be in the IIS virtual directories.






Application Path


There are three ways to specify the path to your ASP.NET Application:


IIS Virtual Path & Physical Directory Determined by IIS


The application will be located by using the IIS metabase and the default website. The physical (local) folder will be determined via the IIS metabase.



IIS Virtual Path & 'Use Physical Directory'


The application will be compiled from the specified physical (local) directory, but as if it was installed at the IIS virtual directory given by the path. This is useful if you want to compile your ASP.NET application from one (offline) directory, but deploy the assemblies in another directory.


Full IIS Metabase Path


The application will be located by using a full IIS metabase path. The physical (local) folder will be determined via the IIS metabase.


Framework Version


Specify the .NET framework version that you want to compile with. The ASP.NET 2.0 Compiler action requires .NET 2.0.






Target Output Directory


Compile the application in-place


The application will compile to the same directory as the source.


 Fully rebuild target application : All sources will be rebuilt, not just those which have changed.


Compile the application to target directory


The application will compile to the specified target directory. Compiling to a target directory automatically implies "fully rebuild target application."


Create updatable application : The compiled application will be updatable.


Overwrite the target directory : If the target directory already exists, its contents will be overwritten.


Emit debug information : The compiler will emit debug information to the log during the compile process.


Use fixed names for compiled assemblies : The compiled assemblies will be given fixed names.

(If this option is not set, the names will be autogenerated.)





The compiled application assembly can be signed with a strong name from a key file or key container. If using a key container, the application can be set to allow partially trusted callers or to not fully sign the compiled assembly.