New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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You may have heard by now that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available for public download.  I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the new web developer features that we've added since Beta 1:

Design view support for configuring AJAX Extenders

If you are using the AJAX control toolkit for .NET 3.5, or have built your own AJAX extenders, and you add them to the toolbox, Visual Studio 2008 now allows you to configure them visually.


In addition Visual Studio will show extender properties in the property grid when viewing properties of a control once it has been extended.

JScript syntax validation

Visual Studio now has basic syntax validation for Javascript code.  The editor will now squiggle known syntax problems with a red underline, and will display the same errors in the error list.

Drag/drop of script file references

To add a reference to an external JS file, one can simply drag it into any HTML, ASPX, or another JS file.

Improved support for creation and consumption of WCF services

In Beta1, one could create a WCF service only in the Website project type.  With Beta2, there is now support create WCF services in both Website and Web Application project types. 

In addition, we have added support for adding a web reference to WCF services in both the Website and Web Application project types. 


These new Beta 2 features, combined with the features that were added in Beta1, should make Visual Studio 2008 a fantastic tool for web developers.

Let us know what you think!

-Omar Khan
Group Program Manager
Visual Studio Web Tools

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  • Visual editing of Extender properties is very nice!

  • Well, some of those "features" are not features but bug fixes :)

    (e.g. adding service reference in web application project)

    But thanks for the info anyway :)

    I'm testing VS 2008 Beta 2 and it work really nice.

  • I like your post on Sub Projects

    But you make no mention of how to deploy them. Using the "Build > Publish" command ignores the Sub Projects and using a Web Deployment Project includes the project and source control files in the output.

  • Today, let me talk about enhancements to ASP.NET that you will see with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX

  • [原文地址] ASP.NET enhancements in VS2008 and .NET FX3.5 [原文发表时间] Saturday, September 08, 2007 12:24 AM 今天

  • I've played with VS 2008 for almost a week and I love it, but I've lost five hours this morning trying to work with a simple web reference in either a web application or a class library.

    Soon after I add a web reference, the entire IDE freezes - often "Not Responding" appears in the title bar - and I have to close down and lose everything.  I've tried targeting Framework 2.0 as well as 3.5 and that doesn't seem to make a difference.

    I'm not up to speed on WCF, so I'd like to stick with what I know.  I can add the web reference fine in VS 2005, but I'm getting hooked on Orcas.  Help!

  • Hi "Just a WebGuy",

       If you run into this again (IDE freezing on adding a web reference in a WAP or class library), can you please connect me at yugangw at microsoft dot com. I will take a look after I get to know more detail.



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