Web Development Updates in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Web Development Updates in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 are now available for download.  This blog post highlights the major changes in SP1 related to web development.

New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

The following is a list of new features in SP1 which relate to web development:

  • Class Libraries and Web Application Projects in Express
  • JScript Formatting
  • More Support for External JScript Libraries
  • Dynamic Data Templates
  • SQL Server 2008 Support
  • WCF Renaming Support
  • IIS Module and Handler Templates
  • Multiple Selection in Design View (new since SP1 Beta)
  • Ability to add ADO.NET Data Service Reference in web projects (new since SP1 Beta)

For more details on the above features, please see the following articles:


Web Development IDE Performance Improvements

SP1 includes all of the web development performance improvements that were available previously via a downloadable hotfix.  See http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/archive/2008/02/09/downloadable-hotfix-performance-and-editor-fixes-for-microsoft-visual-studio-2008-and-visual-web-developer-express-2008.aspx for more information on the performance issue addressed. 

In addition to the performance improvements mentioned in the above hotfix description, SP1 also addresses the following performance issues related to web development:

Notable Bug Fixes

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 contains several hundred bug fixes related to web development.  Below is a list of the most notable bugs and customer reported bugs that are fixed.

General Issues

WebForm /HTML Design View

WebForm / HTML Source View

Javascript Intellisense

Web Projects


As you can see SP1 is substantial improvement to VS2008 in the area of web development - hope you enjoy!

Omar Khan | Visual Web Developer

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  • Hi Bradley,

    We are trying to get a repo for this bug on our end but were not successful. Could you please help us with the following information so that we can investigate further.

    1. OS details of the repro box:

    2. x64 0r x86:

    3. Do you have any other version/SKU of VS on your box?

    4. Were you using VWD SP1 or VSTS SP1?

    5. Do you have any other Visual Studio related updates like perforance QFE patch on your box?

    6. Could you share the .css file which caused the crash?

    7. Was it an upgrade from VSTS RTM to VSTS Sp1?

    8. Was it an upgrade from VSTS Sp1 beta to VSTS SP1 RTM?

    9. Did you try:

    Edit -> Format Document Ctrl+K , Ctrl +D


    Edit->Advanced-> There are a bunch of options here. If you used any one of these, can you please let us know which sub option did you use.

    10. File version of the following DLLs:

    FPACUTL.dll, FPCUTL.DLL, FPEDITAX.DLL can be found here C:\Program Files\Microsoft Web Designer Tools\VWD

    and htmled.dll can be found C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Packages

    Thanks for your patience while we try to identify the issue for you.


    Reshmi Mangalore

  • Finally Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 is out! What does it fix? From Microsoft: Improved WPF designers

  • Class Libraries and Web Application Projects in Express !

    Thank you MS, awesome.

  • @WebDevTools

    Here is a link to the Connect site bug report with all your questions already answered.


  • We just announced the release of Service Pack 1 for VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 . A major push for this release

  • Bug in .NET 3.5 SP1


    .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) changes to ViewState causes stability issues in Sitecore products


  • Is anyone else having trouble debugging when using VS Web Developer w/SP1?  When I go to debug a web site, it builds and opens the "current page" as normal and immediately exits debugging.  Debugging mode actually exits before the page load and therefore there is no way to debug.

  • Brandon,

    Can you email me your detailed scenarios, to xinqiu at microsoft dot com?

    I'd like to know:

    1. Are you using VSTS , express or other SKU with SP1?  Which OS are you using?

    2. Does this occur with your basic senario with

       a. create a filesystem website

       b. F5?

      If Not, could you email me a basic repro website?

    I will help you through this.

    Thank you very much!

  • I apologize, apparently the problem had nothing to do with SP1... it was a problem with the way I had my forms authentication setup in the web.config.  I forgot I had just enabled it right before installing SP1 but thank you.

  • The designer issue still hasn't been fixed. Switching to design view is unusable and making a change in source view and saving is too.

  • Sorry for posting again but this is crazy. When I switch to design view after opening an aspx file, my "devenv.exe" process uses up an incredible amount of RAM. I have 8GB running on Vista x64 and if I keep switching back and forth, it will literally take all my RAM. While memory usage is rising, the CPU is spiking @ 25%. How this made it by QC is beyond me.

  • Hello Chance,

    I'm sorry to hear that you are running into the problem described.  In our general testing we did not find problems with switch to design view.  We would like to investigate the issue you are having, and hopefully resolve it for you.

    Please send email to vwdperf-at-microsoft-dot-com, and we should be able to help.  Thanks again for bringing this problem to our attention.

    Omar Khan | Visual Web Developer

  • Couple things after the update:

    1. .config files are no longer color coded, nor does intelli-sense work with them.

    2. vbscript (.vbs) files are also not color coded.

    3. symbols are not longer loaded for referenced projects, which means no debugging! (this is my biggest setback)

    Can you help?

  • Hi Rocky,

    I'm sorry to hear that things are not working after the upgrade. I'm going to investigate this issue and get back to you soon. It will be great if you can share your email address with us. Having your email address will help us to contact you directly in case if have trouble in repro'ing the issue.

    My email address is vinayr@microsoft.com, in case if you want to directly contact me. Thanks for bringing this problem to our attention.

    Vinaya Reddy | Visual Web Developer

  • rockya@tradeweb.net

    I reinstalled the SP and now vbs files are color coded, but that's the only one that is working correctly.


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