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Best OS for .NET developement

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We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET developement.
We will bw using VB. and C#.
What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using ASP.NET
Nov 22 '05 #1
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Hey Rich,

For whatever free advice is worth...

As always, there are a number of considerations, but generally speaking, I'd
lean towards XP or at least 2000. For development, the IIS handling will be
smoother (and I'm not even sure if 98 can even do what you'd need on the web
side--at least not without extra installation). I'm assuming that 98
machines would only be browser-based clients of the ASP.NET portions.

You might want to consider a spare machine or dual booting for test
purposes, but all in all, .NET is designed for going forward and
hamstringing yourself during day-to-day development just for higher
confidence on a three generation back OS won't encounter any issues will
probably be detrimental. Not to mention that, while I haven't seen any
reference for the next version, it wouldn't be shocking for MS to not
officially support it on pre-2000 OSs before much longer.

- John
"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET developement. We will bw using VB. and C#.
What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using

ASP.NET
Nov 22 '05 #2

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My personal opinion: XP SP2 if you are developing a windows client
(because it is the most current, secure, and useful windows client) and
Windows Server 2003 if you are developing a web app.

Also, at this point, if I were developing more than a few pages for an
ASP.NET application,
I would also be investigating whether I could use Sharepoint and simply add
my functionality as web-parts.

Anyway, good luck,
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET developement. We will bw using VB. and C#.
What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using

ASP.NET
Nov 22 '05 #3

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Nick
I am assuming when you say XP thet you mean XP Pro and not the home edition.
If this is true, what is the advantage of developing on Pro rather than the
home edition.
Also why would 2003 be better than XP for developing web apps.
We own every operating system Micorsoft has, so i can install any of them,
but Id rather not dual boot. Id rather buy another system for another OS.
Thanks

"Nick Malik" wrote:
My personal opinion: XP SP2 if you are developing a windows client
(because it is the most current, secure, and useful windows client) and
Windows Server 2003 if you are developing a web app.

Also, at this point, if I were developing more than a few pages for an
ASP.NET application,
I would also be investigating whether I could use Sharepoint and simply add
my functionality as web-parts.

Anyway, good luck,
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:62**********************************@microsof t.com...
We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET

developement.
We will bw using VB. and C#.
What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using

ASP.NET

Nov 22 '05 #4

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Yes, I mean XP Pro. You don't get the web server with XP Home, and you
can't develop web services or ASP.NET apps very well on a machine with no
web server.

You say you own every OS... they you probably have MSDN Universal. Good
choice.

2003 is better because:
a) you get IIS 6, which gives you application pooling, which is easier to
secure and allows more isolation between apps. That way, one apps bugs are
less likely to affect another app... you could, technically, use the same
web server to test three or four apps at the same time.

b) you get Sharepoint for free (Windows Sharepoint Services is a free
download for Windows Server 2003. This is the foundational technology for
Sharepoint Portal Server, which builds on WSS, but you don't need SPS to get
many of the best features, especially if you want to develop a new ASP.NET
app, and don't want to write as much code).

c) you get better support for multiprocessing servers

d) you get better support for Virtual Server (which I heartily recommend, by
the way, as a way of creating multiple test environments without needing to
create a half-dozen computers with different versions of an OS and/or
browser).

I'm sure there are white papers that do a better job... but that's my two
bits.
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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Nick
I am assuming when you say XP thet you mean XP Pro and not the home edition. If this is true, what is the advantage of developing on Pro rather than the home edition.
Also why would 2003 be better than XP for developing web apps.
We own every operating system Micorsoft has, so i can install any of them,
but Id rather not dual boot. Id rather buy another system for another OS.
Thanks

"Nick Malik" wrote:
My personal opinion: XP SP2 if you are developing a windows client
(because it is the most current, secure, and useful windows client) and
Windows Server 2003 if you are developing a web app.

Also, at this point, if I were developing more than a few pages for an
ASP.NET application,
I would also be investigating whether I could use Sharepoint and simply add my functionality as web-parts.

Anyway, good luck,
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:62**********************************@microsof t.com...
We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET

developement.
We will bw using VB. and C#.
What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using

ASP.NET

Nov 22 '05 #5

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Thanks Nick
Sounds like we'll be getting another box for Win2003. We have an immediate
need to do an in house database app for a client that will run on their
network and not access the web at all. They are running XP Home on all
systems except the server which is 2003. We chose XP Home because of it's
simplicity. So I'll do this with VB.NET on an XP Pro system.
Rich

"Nick Malik" wrote:
Yes, I mean XP Pro. You don't get the web server with XP Home, and you
can't develop web services or ASP.NET apps very well on a machine with no
web server.

You say you own every OS... they you probably have MSDN Universal. Good
choice.

2003 is better because:
a) you get IIS 6, which gives you application pooling, which is easier to
secure and allows more isolation between apps. That way, one apps bugs are
less likely to affect another app... you could, technically, use the same
web server to test three or four apps at the same time.

b) you get Sharepoint for free (Windows Sharepoint Services is a free
download for Windows Server 2003. This is the foundational technology for
Sharepoint Portal Server, which builds on WSS, but you don't need SPS to get
many of the best features, especially if you want to develop a new ASP.NET
app, and don't want to write as much code).

c) you get better support for multiprocessing servers

d) you get better support for Virtual Server (which I heartily recommend, by
the way, as a way of creating multiple test environments without needing to
create a half-dozen computers with different versions of an OS and/or
browser).

I'm sure there are white papers that do a better job... but that's my two
bits.
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:17**********************************@microsof t.com...
Nick
I am assuming when you say XP thet you mean XP Pro and not the home

edition.
If this is true, what is the advantage of developing on Pro rather than

the
home edition.
Also why would 2003 be better than XP for developing web apps.
We own every operating system Micorsoft has, so i can install any of them,
but Id rather not dual boot. Id rather buy another system for another OS.
Thanks

"Nick Malik" wrote:
My personal opinion: XP SP2 if you are developing a windows client
(because it is the most current, secure, and useful windows client) and
Windows Server 2003 if you are developing a web app.

Also, at this point, if I were developing more than a few pages for an
ASP.NET application,
I would also be investigating whether I could use Sharepoint and simply add my functionality as web-parts.

Anyway, good luck,
--- Nick

"RichG" <Ri***@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:62**********************************@microsof t.com...
> We are building a new developement system specifically for .NET
developement.
> We will bw using VB. and C#.
> What will be the best OS to install on the new system.
> What will be the best concidering the developed apps will be ran on
> everything from Win98 to XP Pro.
> What will be the best considering building interactive web apps using
ASP.NET


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