Visual Studio 2013 remove Development Server AKA Cassini

I have been developed with Visual Studio since the 2003 version and most of the time directly by executing the code with the default server which is the one that Visual Studio trig when you press F5 (Build and Execute). More and more, I had to use IIS because that bigger website (enterprise application) require a lot of IIS features which is more convenient than IIS Express or Cassini (the Development Server integrated with Visual Studio).

Since Visual Studio 2013, Cassini is gone. The default choice is IIS Express. You can change it to IIS or any external host.


This is a feature that I’ll miss because small project was easy to execute with just Visual Studio. IIS Express is fine but the lack of visual help to configure make it good for people who is familiar with IIS setting. Cassini was removing this learning curl. Nevertheless, it makes developers know more about IIS and possibly create better application because developers will understand the whole picture.

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2 thoughts on “Visual Studio 2013 remove Development Server AKA Cassini

    • Hi chuckx,

      I am also disappointed of this removal but I do not understand how it “screws” any sort of development. I understand than some big shops doesn’t allow you to install what you want on your desktop, but since the decision has been taken, the approach would be to tell that during the installation of Visual Studio 2013 to install IIS also. This will let you develop with Visual Studio 2013 and with IIS which should be a benefit for you if you are using modules since Cassini was very limiting with modules (a reason why IIS Express is usually preferred over Cassini).

      Nevertheless, I am missing Cassini also 🙁

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