OK, so some of this stuff would have been (and still would be) very helpful during my recent updates to Community Megaphone. I finally got around to setting up a separate dev database, plus a staging server for testing new bits in a non-local setting before pushing them out to the main site. Managing the connection strings, app settings, and other changes to web.config between the dev, staging, and production site was hardly a pleasant task. From the episode below, it looks like the web.config transformations alone will be reason enough for me to jump on VS 2010 as soon as possible:



In this episode of 10-4, we'll look at new features coming in Visual Studio 2010 that make deploying web applications a lot easier. We'll look at web.config transformations, the Microsoft web deployment tool and web one-click deployment.
For more 10-4 episodes, be sure to visit:
http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4

Information on the Web Deployment Tool:
http://www.iis.net/extensions/WebDeploymentTool
PDC Session by Vishal Joshi on Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment:
http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC33/
Visual Studio Topic Area on Channel 9:
http://channel9.msdn.com/VisualStudio

Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC:
http://tinyurl.com/GetCTP

10-4 Episode 10: Making Web Deployment Easier | 10-4 | Channel 9