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  • Blog Post: How to customize the generated files from the New Scaffolded Item dialog

    In Visual Studio 2013 we introduced the Add New Scaffolded Item dialog. This dialog replaced the Add View/Add Controllers ASP.NET MVC dialog which was had in 2012. This new dialog works for all ASP.NET projects (MVC, Web Forms and Web API). This is one example of how we are delivering on the “One ASP...
  • Blog Post: A High-Value, Undocumented LESS Editor Feature in Visual Studio

    Recently a very valuable, undocumented feature in the Visual Studio LESS editor came to my attention. This applies equally to Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 and later, and to Visual Studio 2013. The installation of Web Essentials is not required to benefit from this feature. The Visual Studio LESS Editor...
  • Blog Post: Web Publish how to automate multi-project publish with file system

    The other day I received an email from a customer with a question which I’ve summarized as below. I have a solution containing multiple web projects. One of the projects, _RootSite, is the top level website which I want to publish. It’s an MVC project. I also have other web projects in the same solution...
  • Blog Post: Update: Knockout IntelliSense Highlight Bug Fix

    In an earlier blog post on June 24 th entitled Knockout IntelliSense Highlighting Bug Fix I described a bug fix in the Knockout IntelliSense feature. In that post I recommended installing Windows Azure SDK for .NET (VS 2012) – 2.0 to acquire the fix since it did not make it into any of the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Web Publishing a simpler way to exclude files/folders from being published

    I’ve written a few blog posts on how to exclude files from publishing/packaging. In each of these posts you’d have to be familiar with MSBuild and the Web Publish process. I’ve been looking for a much simpler way to exclude files/folder from publishing. When using git you can easily exclude files and...
  • Blog Post: Publish HTML/JS website to Linux/Apache using Visual Studio

    We received a question about how to use Visual Studio to deploy HTML/JS website to Linux / Apache. To do it, you need to create an empty ASP.NET website project in Visual Studio (File->New Web Site…) and then include all the HTML/JS files. 1. Right click on the website Project, select “Publish...
  • Blog Post: Knockout IntelliSense Highlighting Bug Fix

    We introduced Knockout IntelliSense in Visual Studio 2012 for web projects with KnockoutJS included, and fixed a few bugs in VS Update 1 and 2. However, one bug was not fixed in VS Update 2 and is still frequently reported: the highlighting region can shift around as the page is edited: This bug was...
  • Blog Post: Please update to the latest version of Web Essentials 2012 after installing VS2012 Update 2

    After releasing ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2, which is also included in Visual Studio 2012 update 2, we’ve received a few customer feedback about their VS shows an error dialog saying: An exception has been encountered. This may be caused by an extension. You can get more information by examining the...
  • Blog Post: ‘Paste JSON As Classes’ in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC

    ‘Paste JSON As Classes’ is a cool feature in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC. This feature will help you generate strongly typed classes in C# or VB.NET from valid JSON text. With ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC installed, you will see new menu option like below for C# and VB.NET Website and Web Application...
  • Blog Post: CSS Auto-Sync and JavaScript Selection Mapping in Page Inspector

    With the release of ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC (details here ), we have added a couple of new features to Page Inspector in Visual Studio 2012, namely CSS Auto-Sync and JavaScript Selection Mapping. I explain these features in the context of a MVC 4 Single Page Application (SPA app) below, which...
  • Blog Post: Knockout Intellisense in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC

    WTE (Web Tools Extension) 1.2 RC is part of the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC and it’s available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=36053. Knockout Intellisense is an exciting new feature in WTE 1.2 RC. Knockout is a declarative JavaScript MVVM system for client...
  • Blog Post: The new Facebook application template and library for ASP.NET MVC

    If you’re looking to build a Facebook App using ASP.NET MVC, then you’re in the right place. With the release of ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 , we’ve added lots of updates to our Facebook Application template and library since we first introduced it in the Preview. The library, Microsoft.AspNet.Mvc.Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Spell Checker extension for Visual Studio 2012 HTML, ASP.NET, CSS and other files

    I have updated spell checker extension for Visual Studio 2012. You can download it from Visual Studio Gallery . Spell checker supports text verification in: HTML and ASP.NET element content and attributes HTML style comments <-- HTML --> ASP.NET server side comments: <%-- ASP...
  • Blog Post: More Details on the “Closing Tag Problem”

    We are testing a fix for the “closing tag problem” bug, but it will still take some time to deliver the fix to customers. The work-around posted earlier will alleviate the problem now and should not need to be undone once the fix is shipped. This bug has actually been in the product for...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for HTML closing tag problem

    In Visual Studio 2012, HTML tags will fail to be automatically closed when using the following keyboard layouts: Canadian Multilingual Croatian Czech Hungarian Latvian Polish Romanian Serbian Slovak Slovenian On these keyboards, the “>” character...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 RTW

    Visual Studio 2012 is now released to the web. Please visit Jason Zander’s Blog for detailed announcement. This page lists what’s new in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio for Web . We are updating the Visual Studio 2010 publish experience as well to align with the features available in Visual...
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