I hate it. I hate it. I can't possibly express how much I hate it.
I have about 15 clients who have classic ASP websites and suddenly my upgrade to 2008 doesn't do any intellisence, which is really no big deal, but even the FORMATTING IS GONE!!! ARGH!!!! and any optional plugins seem to suck. I'd really prefer not to spend all day downgrading and then trying to screw around with downgrading all the websites that I've done in the 3.0 version (which 2008 seems to want you use). GRRRRR....
So, I've broken down and started coding in Notepad++. That's just annoying, since dragging files back and forth from my development server to the live server is a bit of a pain. Visual Studio 2008 seems to take forever to do that as well??? What's up with that?
Honestly, I think I've spent more time watching that #(@&$*$ hourglass than coding. Even if I work on my local machine.
I need some alternatives. ASP.net is actually pretty new to me, probably about a year of coding, and that is a mixture of C# and VB, as I tend to pick up a lot of projects from frustrated clients midway through projects. That results in my knowing both "OK", but neither really well.
Finally, my Interns are, well... interns. They think they know how to write code, but I constantly catch them using the WISIWIG crap - or they code their HTML pretty weakly - whatever, the problem is that I hired them under the assumption that they would never need classic asp and kept those clients away from them, giving them low priority, simple asp.net projects.
So, I am about ready to ditch asp.net altogether. I am simply disgusted with watching my people twiddle their thumbs while this crap compiles. 99% of my clients are intranet databases with under 20 people using them, so I'm not concerned about scale or immense efficiency. I could run 10 of them at once off a commodore 64 (remember them?).
I need an alternate to Visual Studio/VWD for classic ASP. I'd LOVE to find ANY alternative ASP.net editor, but I'd really like to have the intellisense (although I'd be willing to ditch that if I could get something fast). Most of all, I'd really like it to do both, but I'd be willing to give that up as well. Money is NOT an option! I'm sure I've lost at least $1000 in billable hours.
please help me before I jump off a damn cliff. please. anyone?