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  • Blog Post: Hosting on a UNC share is not supported for the Windows XP Platform

    If you have a complex solution, with a lot of folders and subfolders, and you are hosting and debugging it on a remote IIS server (not on your local machine), you may get an error similar to the following: An error occurred loading a configuration file: Failed to start monitoring changes to '<path>...
  • Blog Post: An authentication error occurred while communicating with the web server

    I’m back after the summer break (3 weeks spent trying to master the “Do It Yourself” art at home ) and my second day in office I got an interesting problem with remote debugging : after installing the Service Pack 2 for .NET 2.0, when trying to debug our web application (hosted on a remote IIS) we were...
  • Blog Post: TabContainer rendered incorrectly in Design View

    One of the (very few) downsides I see working in Customer Support is that most of the times when talking to colleagues and friends or writing a new post for my blog, I find myself talking about problems, bugs, exceptions… what is not working fine, like a doctor most of the times has to deal with malaises...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 available for download

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (exe) This download installs Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. SP1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. These service packs offer Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 crashes in “split view”

    “Split view” is one of the new features in Visual Studio 2008 web designer: this is the possibility to have Design View and Source View of your page at the same time (see What's New in ASP.NET and Web Development , “Visual Web Developer Enhancements” paragraph). A few days ago a customer called in to...
  • Blog Post: Again on public hotfix download

    I already touched the subject in a couple of previous posts and replying to direct comments and question I got, and to confirm that we’re doing something (hopefully in the right way ) on this matter I want to highlight this news from Jeff: Migrating hotfixes to MSDN Code Gallery . The essence is that...
  • Blog Post: Version numbers in a compiled assembly

    A while ago I got a call from a customer who wanted to understand what is the meaning of the version number's in a compiled assembly and more than that, he wanted to understand how they are calculated. He expected that at least the build number were incremented every time a build is done, but that was...
  • Blog Post: Want to persist your properties as markup?

    Last week I got a request from a customer whom was developing a custom ASP.NET control targeted for other developers, and one of his requirements was to persist the control's properties in the html markup, even for the default values which normally Visual Studio removes: since those are default values...
  • Blog Post: Don't let IE local cache drive you crazy!

    I stumbled across this issue multiple times during my life of web developer (which begun about 10 years ago), it appeared every now and then to complicate things when I was in the middle of a heavy debugging sessions and doing frequent changes to my pages; I was expecting some kind of results but despite...
  • Blog Post: The weight of security

    This morning I had a call with a customer which reported a performance problem opening and compiling a VB.NET 2005 web application made of hundreds of files; we have a couple of hotfixes for VS2005 included in SP1, but the customer already had it. He reported a delay in term of dozens of seconds to load...
  • Blog Post: Corrupt installation? Do not repair Visual Studio

    (Unable to start debugging on the web server. An error occurred that usually indicates a corrupt installation. If the problem persists, repair Visual Studio installation via 'Add or Remove Programs' in Control Panel)   I saw this happening on a Vista x64 while trying to debug an ASP.NET application...
  • Blog Post: The error indicates that IIS is not installed on the machine. Please install IIS before using this tool

    Yesterday I was working on a sample project got from a customer, when Visual Studio 2005 showed this dialog:   Ok I thought, let's fix the application mappings . I did, but got the following:   What? Are you kidding me? Of course IIS is installed, I'm using it every day... But wait a minute...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio designer, CodeDom and InitializeComponent()

    The code problem A few days ago I had the chance to work on a case not concerning ASP.NET or IIS, but rather an interaction with Visual Studio designer with classes from System.CodeDom namespace. The customer was developing a custom control meant for other developers to use it in their projects, and...
  • Blog Post: My goodness, were's gone my Properties window?!?

    I had a funny half-hour this afternoon, when one of my colleagues took a new call from a customer whom had some troubles with the Properties window in his Visual Studio 2005... The customer reported a weird behavior within the Visual Studio IDE in particular with the Properties window, which was not...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio as the definitive text editor?

    That's a clever question and I have to admit I've never thought to Visual Studio in this way, even if I tried different text editors and I still have more than one on my machine ( Notepad2 , Notepad++ , PSPad ). Anyway, while you thing about it take a few moments to leave a comment on Noha's post to...
  • Blog Post: Quickly arrange icons on your toolbars

    This is a trick I learnt a few years ago in Office (don't remember exactly if was 97 or 2000 ) since I like to customize my working environment "in my way" (like everyone else, I guess ), but I don't like to waste time digging into menus, config files etc if possible... It's easy: hold the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio debugger conflicts on port 80

    I personally got this problem on my laptop a while ago where IIS and Skype where involved, and even if this time the customer reported two different applications involved (Visual Studio 2005 and Cisco IP Communicator), the symptoms where the same: with Visual Studio 2005 and Cisco IP Communicator running...
  • Blog Post: Debugger not debugging, and Response.Redirect() not redirecting...

    The customer was working on a WinXP machine joined to a domain, but had logged in using a local account (I've not tested if this may have contributed to the problem so this may be a useless information). Anyway to make things easy I connected to the faulting machine using EasyAssist to have a better...
  • Blog Post: Compiler Error Message: CS0433 in ASP.NET 2.0

    A few days ago a friend of mine had the Compiler Error Message: CS0433 error in his precompiled site, and proposed me a deal: a dinner for my help , and since also Support Engineers sometimes need to eat, I accepted . The exact error message was the following: The type <typename> esists in both...
  • Blog Post: Are you profiling your application and now you can't debug anymore?

    This is an interesting case I got very recently and that made me scratch my head a lot, wondering what was going wrong on customer's machine for a while... until I called Doug on the rescue and we (he) drove the call to an happy ending I got this case from a colleague on the Visual Studio team; the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Control Library does not resize correctly if you change IE window size

    Hosting a Windows Control Library control in an ASP.NET 2.0 page, the WCL does not resize correctly, if you change the size of the IE Window. The problem does not occur using .NET Framework 1.1 The problem is a regression in Visual Studio 2005 which prevents the .Net ActiveX implementation from asserting...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Beta 1 released

    I'm really not a marketing guy and don't like that much the kind of shiny advertisements which makes everything looking like the best bargain ever, but I think this time it work making an exception to the rule So, here is a bit of advertising: Visual Studio code name “Orcas” enables developers and development...
  • Blog Post: If Visual Studio takes ages to load...

    ... it might be that you opened a project/solution from a network share which is no longer available, or that is slow to refresh etc... I had this problem myself with Visual Studio .NET 2003 (not Visual Studio 2005 so far, so I'm not sure if this is also affected or not), and took a while to figure out...
  • Blog Post: Unable to attach to process (on localhost)

    Another interesting one I got a few days ago: after installing the SP1 for Visual Studio 2003, the customer was unable to debug his web application (on localhost) neither pressing F5 nor attaching to the target w3wp.exe process. As you can imagine, removing SP1 the problem disappeared. Moreover they...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes made public for download

    After reading this post a while ago regarding the availability Policy for some hotfixes (e.g., not all hotfixes are public for download, and you have to call Microsoft Support to obtain the one you need), I had an internal discussion with my team on this topic. Basically those are some of the reasons...
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