Downloadable Hotfix: Performance and Editor fixes for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008

Downloadable Hotfix: Performance and Editor fixes for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008

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We have received a great deal of feedback on VS 2008 and VWD 2008. Thank you for all the feedback.

 

We have looked at the feedback carefully and selected some critical issues around performance and editor usage to fix in this hotfix. This article talks about all the issues that are fixed in the hotfix.

 

Machine Prerequisites:

 

1.     Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Web Developer Express 2008.

2.  Close all instances of Visual Studio or VWD express before installing the patch. If the product is open while the hotfix is installed, it can cause a variety of problems as certain components may not update properly. 

 

Download instructions:

 https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=10826

 

Supported Languages:

This hotfix currently supports all languages except POR (Portuguese) and RUS (Russian).  Note that the description still says ‘ENU’ although it is an ‘all-lang’ package. Due to some limitations on the connect website we were not able to change the description for already published hotfixes. We are working with the team that owns connect site to fix it.

 

Issues that are fixed:  We have fixed several bugs in this hotfix. All bug fixes are listed below.

HTML Source view performance

  • Source editor freezes for a few seconds when typing in a page with a custom control that has more than two levels of sub-properties.
  • “View Code” right-click context menu command takes a long time to appear with web application projects.
  • Visual Studio has very slow behavior when opening large HTML documents.
  • Visual Studio has responsiveness issues when working with big HTML files with certain markup.
  • The Tab/Shift-Tab (Indent/Un-indent) operation is slow with large HTML selections.

Design view performance

  • Slow typing in design view with certain page markup configurations.

HTML editing

  • Quotes are not inserted after Class or CssClass attribute even when the option is enabled.
  • Visual Studio crashes when ServiceReference element points back to the current web page.

JavaScript editing

  • When opening a JavaScript file, colorization of the client script is sometimes delayed several seconds.
  • JavaScript Intellisense does not work if an empty string property is encountered before the current line of editing.

Web Site build performance

  • Build is very slow when Bin folder contains large number of assemblies and .refresh files with web-site projects.

 

Install/uninstall information:

Install:

Ø  Close all instances of VS before installing the product.

Ø  Click on the ‘Download’ link.

Ø  Copy the hotfix to a known directory.

Ø  Run the hotfix executable (Right click and choose 'Run as a administrator' in Vista)

Ø  Click on the ‘Run’ button when ‘Unknown Publisher’ security warning dialog pops up.

Ø  Click on ‘Continue’ when the Microsoft Self-Extractor dialog pops up

Ø  Click OK to extract the files to default location (C:\).

Ø  If you don't run as an administrator in Vista, you will get the following error message If 'C:\' happens to be your %SystemDrive%

Ø 

��  This is because the default path is set to %SystemDrive%. Change the extraction path to another location where the you can write and that should fix the problem.

Ø  Choose default options for the remaining part of the setup.

Ø       To verify patch installed correctly:

a)       Launch VS 2008.

b)       Go to Help -> About dialog

c)       Looking for an entry that says ‘Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite – ENU (KB946581)’. You will see this exact text in VS Team Suite SKU but if you are using PRO or STD then the entry will be little bit different. You are good to go if the KB article number is correct.

Ø       To verify product bits copied correctly: Check the time stamp on the following files to make sure that it says Feb, 1st 2008.

a)       Common7\IDE\Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.dll

b)       Common7\Packages\htmled.dll

c)       Common7\Packages\mswebprj.dll

 

Uninstall:

Ø  Go to Control Panel -> Add/ Remove programs.

Ø  Check the “Show Updates” checkbox.

Ø  Select “Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 – KB946581” under Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and click “Remove”. (or)

Ø  Select “Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition – KB946581 and click “Remove”

 

Vinaya Reddy
Visual Studio Web Tools

  • Nu finns det en hotfix tillgänglig för Visual Studio 2008 och Visual Studio Web Developer Express som

  • When verifying through the About dialog, my entry doesn't say "Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite – ENU (KB946581)".

    It says "Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition – ENU (KB946581)". I guess that's because I'm not running Team System.

  • The Visual Studio Web Tools team added a new HotFix for the Visual Studio Web environment. You can read

  • Da pochi giorni è stata rilasciata una fix per Visual Studio 2008 e Visual Web Developer 2008 per

  • Da pochi giorni è stata rilasciata una fix per Visual Studio 2008 e Visual Web Developer 2008 per

  • This will probably ring as important within the Microsoft ranks...  I didn't think I was experiencing any of the problems described by this hotfix, but I installed it anyway.

    Believe it or not, NOW I'm seeing what would be considered frequent, spontaneous, yet temporary freezes! That's right; I didn't start experiencing these problems until AFTER I installed the hotfix.

    So, I UNINSTALLED the hotfix hoping it would return my development environment back to normal... But alas, I'm still seeing the freezes.

    My project is not very big, nor are my web pages (mostly usercontrols). I did verify that the hotfix was installed and was later uninstalled correctly.

    I don't know what to do now. You can contact me at adresko @@ csioutfitters.com [dork] com.

  • Hotfix that we released recently works only for ENU and JPN languages. We'll make sure to get language specific patches up soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • For all the work and effort that goes into a product you would think they could get the extractor to extract without error. Whats worse, the extractor not functioning properly (considering its a little piece of code compared to VWD/VS) or the fact that a picture of the error was shown? I think they need a hotfix for the hotfix.

  • Ok but JavaScript code formating is still missing :(

  • What about x64?

  • I see this fix has fully broken source safe (TFS and VSS) integration (VS 2008 Team Suite) on my computer  - I see the message that my VS edition has not support it.

    Uninstalling of the fix has not solved the issue.

    Now I am reinstalling VS 2008 Team Suite.

    Let's hope it helps me...

    Warm regards,

    Anatoly

  • Anatoly,

    Can you tell me specifically what has happened with regard to your VSS / TFS experience?  Specifically:

    1) what operating system were you using?

    2) what are the symptoms of the problem you're seeing?  (i.e. when you open your project or web site that should be under source control, do you just get no source control glyphs or do you get an error?  are you using web site or WAP projets?)

    You can also email me at johndund at microsoft dot com to start a discussion here--I'd like to get to the bottom of your problem.

    Thanks,

    John

  • This is all very good. But where is the rdlc/rdl report designer (Reporting Add-in) for VWDE2008? Shouldn't it have been included as one of the fixes? Only Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 is available, but AFAIK, this is not the reports design tool. And what about this (bug?) : AJAX tab in Toolbox of VWDE2008 disappears when target framework in project properties is switched from 3.5 to 2.0 and back to 3.5. Shouldn't it come back? Shouldn't this also be fixed?

  • When will the german version be available?

    Thanks,

    Sörnt

  • Hi John

    The issue was solved by:

    1. uninstall the hotfix

    2. reinstall VS 2008 TS

    3. >devenv.exe /ResetSkipPkgs

    I don't know - may be "3." was enough...

    I will try to reinstall the hotfix...

    >2) what are the symptoms of the problem you're seeing?  

    All works OK before the hotfix.

    On my stupidity I have not closed VS 2008 Team Suite when hotfix was installing. But the hotfix say nothing about this.

    After hotfix while opening any old solution I see messages for each project in solution:

    1. The Project 'MyProjectName' is under source  control. This version of Visual Studio does not support source controlled projects. Any changes that you make to this project will not be propagated to source control.

    2. Unexpected error encountered. It is recommended that you restart application as soon as possible.

    Error: No such interface supported

    File: vsee\internal\inc\vscomptr.inl

    Linenumber: 256

    >1) what operating system were you using?

    Microsoft Windows XP Proffesional

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