Secrets Behind JetBrains Rider and IIS Express
I did not realize JetBrains was working on IIS/IIS Express integration, as I uninstalled Rider from my Windows machine, and only use it on Mac. However, it was a Stack Overflow thread that drew my attention a few days ago.
So it was surprising to see that JetBrains decided to,
- Follow Microsoft’s approach to use a hidden
applicationHost.config, but in its
- Design the relevant UI elements for configuration.
You can also see from the bottom left corner that IIS Express standard output is also captured and displayed in Rider so that troubleshooting issues should be easier (than VS).
Note that the relevant UI elements might only appear in EAP/nightly builds.
I might come back to post more about the integration once it is available in a Rider stable release. Stay tuned.
Update: Jexus Manager now supports both VS and Rider’s private config files,