VS.NET webform designer woes

by benl

I was having an interesting conversation with a few well-weathered ASP.NET developers and it wasn’t long til the discussion came around to the VS.NET webforms designer… Between the four of us, we’d never used the web forms designer for any length of time and summarily dismissed it as fairly lame for several reasons. I know that the 2005 designer is much better but our experiences were centred around the 2003 designer, this being what we’re all still stuck in unfortunately (but representative of a good percentage of ASP.NET devs’ I’d assume).

Is the designer any good for anything other than management demonstrations I wonder? Not in our collective experience 🙂 Can anyone admit to using it on a regular basis?