I simultaneously work on multiple web projects, and have a back catalogue of scores of sites that could need my attention at any time.
I always run my sites locally in a fully fledged IIS site (rather than using Cassini) which means each site needs its own hostname.
Until recently I had been managing this with my hosts file, simply adding a new line:
for each site. However last week I reached breaking point as my hosts file was about 3 pages long.
Enter Velvet. Velvet adds wildcard support to your hosts file by acting as a simple DNS server that you can run stand alone or (preferably) as a windows service.
I have now reduced 3 pages of hosts entries into a two lines:
127.0.0.1 *.dev 127.0.0.1 *.*.dev
actually theres a few others, such as wildcard mappings to my colleagues machines:
192.168.0.2 *.jim 192.168.0.2 *.*.jim 192.168.0.3 *.bob 192.168.0.3 *.*.bob
This means I now rarely ever need to touch my hosts file, at least not for standard day-to-day project work
Ultra time saving win.
Check out the project on github.
Feature suggestions welcome!