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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  • rockya@tradeweb.net

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


  • I have noticed problems with the Designer's Optimized Code Generation option causing problems with Telerik controls. This doesn't appear to be a problem in basic use of the controls.

    But if your design includes subprojects and/or nested master pages then the problem becomes apparent (and very annoying). This error only affects the Designer view of the web applications, as the actual code on your test web server will render just fine. But it does give you false errors that will waste your time.

    The best bet is to simply turn off the Optimized Code Generation until Telerik puts out a new update that compensates for Microsoft's new "feature" with code optimization.

    Also, the new SP1 does not completely embrace nested master pages or nested CSS Stylesheets. The designer does work a great deal better in rendering pages than in VS2005, but you still get annoying Intellisense and Warnings on your build when you have try to build a Child Master Page in a seperate Sub Web Application in the same solution. This is the direction we appear to be going to support larger web applications, but Microsoft development on the Visual Studio has a long way to go till we get there.

    Good Product, but we need more fixes!


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  • Hi,

    I have read this Blog and you have shared good information about Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    Nice Post!!!!!!!


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