This project is read-only.

Who is now responsible for the ASP.NET Web Stack documentation?

Topics: General
Jan 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Edited Jan 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, this was known as the Web Development section which comprised well over 10% of the entire library.  Where is it now?

This is a very serious issue as there hasn't been any Web Development documentation support by the MSDN / Visual Studio Help System since Visual Studio 2010 was released almost 3 years ago.  I filed an issue on Microsoft Connect entitled, "The Help Library Manager is missing over 90% of the MSDN Library", and Paul O'Rear was looking into the issue; however, the issue has been moved to Deferred and nothing has been done.  There is absolutely no Help library documentation that I am aware of, that covers ANY of the current ASP.NET Web Stack.

How does Microsoft expect developers to use the ASP.NET Web Stack without a reference manual at the very least?

Jan 8, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Hello Kaelum,

There is a "Web Development" section under "patterns & practices" in the Help Viewer's contents if you've installed the relevant package.  However, you'll find that most of our help content has migrated online to  For the web stack components, you can start with the landing pages at and  Let me know if there's anything you think is missing.


Jan 9, 2013 at 4:45 AM

FYI, the "Web Development" section under "patterns & practices" is in no way even close to what used to be in the "Web Development" book that used to be accessible from the root of help tree.  30% of the entire MSDN Help Library was dedicated to "Web Development", and none of that content has been restored since the release of Visual Studio 2010, hence my report of the loss in the MSDN Help Forums, my report of the loss on Microsoft Connect, and my question here.

Paul O'Rear is one of the significant members of the Help tool team, and he acknowledged the loss, but also stated that it is the responsibility of each individual team to submit the help documents.  Thus my question again, "Who is now responsible for the ASP.NET Web Stack documentation?"  Which has been missing from the MSDN Library for almost 3 years now.  And, why has it not been converted and restored?