Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog!

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Welcome to the Web Development Tools team blog!  Recently we decided to create a team blog to ensure regular content to you from more of our team members.


Who are we, you ask?  Web Development Tools is the team that brought you the awesome Visual Web Developer Express product.  If you haven't downloaded this yet, what are you waiting for?  It's completely free and only takes a few minutes to download and install.  Our team also builds all of the web development related features in Visual Studio.  Together with the IIS and the ASP.NET teams, we make it easy for you to design, build and deploy your .NET web application.  As we like to say, "Your websites, our passion".


We are working currently on Visual Studio "Orcas" which is the next version after Visual Studio "Whidbey".  As we go through our product development cycle, we will be posting on a variety of topics including:


- Product plans

- Code samples

- Best practices

- Tips 'n Tricks

- Team news

- Anything else you'd like to see on this blog (let us know!)


Ours is an amazing team with great people to work with on a daily basis.  Check out the team picture that we took this week outside of our building on one of those rare sunny April afternoons in Redmond.


As for me, I’m Balasubramanyan Ashok better known as Bash for obvious reasons.  I'm the Product Unit Manager for the team.  I've been working at Microsoft for nearly 16 years now and nearly half of that time has been with Web Development Tools dating back to Visual Interdev 6.0.  You will get to know others on the team as they make their posts.


Welcome to our blog!


-- Bash

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  • Great to see you have a blog now! I have been in the process of migrating my team to ASP.NET 2.0 and using Visual Web Developer/VS 2005. It's been a great experience for the most part, but I just wanted to make one suggestion that would make our lives a ton easier.

    It seems to be the trend lately to use document-relative pathing for images/user controls, etc., however, the ability to use root-relative pathing and have it work in the designer is an absolute must. Macromedia has also dropped support for this and it is a big mistake.

    Large websites need to be able to access various images/user-controls and use them in multiple locations, sometimes in different website subdirectory levels. If root-relative pathing is not enabled in the designer then it is very difficult to layout a page with broken images/styles.

    Please bring this feature to the SP or "Orcas".

    Thank You!

  • Hi Corgalore

    It is not that hard to run web-app as a top-level “root” site using the VS 2005 local, built-in, web-server.
    please check out this blog from ScottGu's blog


  • very bad idea, You should see b4 jumping, there are loads & loads (read thousands and growing) and VWD/VS2005 developers, there expectation will go sky high when you people start blogging.

    I hope you people are well prepared.

    anyway WELCOME....


  • Please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/ - this is our team blog. It even has the team picture....
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