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  • Blog Post: Creating a Custom Scaffolder for Visual Studio

    With the release of Visual Studio 2013 last October, we introduced the concept of Scaffolding to Web Application projects.   Scaffolding is the framework on which code generation for MVC and WebAPI is built.   For more information on Scaffolding or the MVC Scaffolders check the following blog...
  • Blog Post: Building a basic Web Forms application using Visual Studio 2013

    In a previous blog post , we have described the different options you have when creating a new web application with Visual Studio 2013 (VS 2013) and provided an overview of the various ASP.NET features and NuGet packages present in the templates. In this post, I am going to take a specific template...
  • Blog Post: Building Browser Link extension in Visual Studio 2013

    Browser Link feature in Visual Studio 2013 provides APIs for you to write your own Browser Link Extension. To take a look at some of the extensions, you can download Web Essentials for Visual Studio 2013 RTM. In this blog, I will give you a step by step overview of the various APIs that we provide. You...
  • 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: Creating New Windows Azure Web Site from Visual Studio 2013 RC

    We are now making it easier to create a new Windows Azure Web Site from Visual Studio 2013 RC. This feature can be accessed from the Web Sites sub node under the Windows Azure node in Server Explorer . You would need to install Azure SDK 2.1 before you can use this feature. You can follow these steps...
  • 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: Plans regarding Website projects and Web Deployment Projects

    The release of Visual Studio 2012 is right around the corner . If you’ve been following our blog/twitter then you may know that many of the Web related components of Visual Studio are now“out-of-band”, meaning that we can update them independently of Visual Studio itself. Because of this we are planning...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 RC Web Tooling Extensions update

    If you have been following our blog and twitter accounts then you most likely have heard that some of the Web components of Visual Studio 2012 are now “Out of Band”. What that means is that we can update those components separately from Visual Studio itself. Because of this we will be posting updates...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Web new features

    In earlier blog , we mentioned that Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Web is available to download. Besides the common features seen in Visual Studio 2010 Web Express, it provides some new functionalities. TFS support VS11 Express Beta for Web added TFS support which including all of the TFS...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta IIS Express Integration

    A few days ago Jason Zander blogged about the availability of Visual Studio SP1 Beta (all links below in resources section). I am happy to let you guys know that with SP1 Beta we have enabled integration of IIS Express into Visual Studio. After you have installed SP1 Beta you have to download IIS Express...
  • Blog Post: Request for Real-World Web Applications

    In preparation for enhancing Visual Studio design-time experience testing, we’d like to collect a catalog of real world applications to use for performance, stress, and ad hoc testing by the Web Platform and Tools team. We’re looking for small, medium, and large applications covering a range of architectures...
  • Blog Post: Web Custom Control Behavior and Authoring

    Some Best Practices and Guidance for Web Control Vendors Targeting Visual Studio The goal of this post is to provide guidance for control vendors on best practices for writing custom controls with regard to their behavior in Visual Studio. It is designed to give vendors insight into how Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: General Performance Improvements in VS2010 since Beta2

    When we released Beta2 in Oct 2009, there was a lot of customer excitement about the super cool features in VS 2010. However, one recurring complaint from customers was that the performance of VS 2010 was not on par with Orcas. Customers were experiencing general slowness in a lot of features that was...
  • Blog Post: Design View Performance Improvements

    Hi, I’m Dan Chartier, I work on the Web Tools designer and helped improve its performance in Visual Studio 2010. For some background, Visual Studio 2008 completely replaced the original trident (Internet Explorer) designer with the FrontPage designer (which is also used by Expression Web). While we gained...
  • Blog Post: Web Deployment: Excluding Files and Folders via the Web Application’s Project File

    Web Deployment (see this posting for an overview) offers a set of pre-determined options to allow users to include the most common sets of files for deployment. These options are as follows and can be found under the “Items to deploy” section on the Package / Publish Web property page. Only...
  • Blog Post: One-Click Publish - What's New Since Beta 2

    Publishing using MSDeploy In-Process Deployment or Remote Agent Through the Beta 2 release, VS 2010 had only supported publishing to servers using MSDeploy's IIS deployment handler technology integrated with the “Web Management Service”, a.k.a. WMSVC. As long as you had an account on a hosting server...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade or Uninstall of Office 2007 might cause VS 2008 Web designer to hang

    Update (5/3/2010) : In addition to the VS designer surface not loading, there are other actions that will cause a hang. Working with CSS increases your chances of seeing this issue. For example, bringing up the CSS Manage Styles dialog, the CSS property grid, or CSS Apply Styles dialog can all cause...
  • Blog Post: Issues between Visual Studio, Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse and Windows 2008 Server

    Quite some time ago, when Vista just went RTM, Risk Strahl discovered that when he used Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse, code intellisense and markup validation in Visual Studio stopped working. Since several activities in VS are done in a background on idle (not to be confused with background threads...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Tools Released

    This morning we released Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010! The link to download and installs the tools is http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=177508 .  The tools will install: Silverlight 4 RTM Developer Runtime Silverlight 4 Tools RC for VS 2010 Silverlight 4 SDK RTM Silverlight 4...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 MVC 2 Upgrade Wizard

    Prior to the RTM release of Visual Studio 2010, the only way to upgrade an ASP.Net MVC 1 application to ASP.Net MVC 2 was to use Eilon Lipton’s tool . With the release of Visual Studio 2010 you will now be able to open your MVC 1 projects in Visual Studio 2010 and upgrade them to ASP.Net MVC 2 projects...
  • Blog Post: Visual Web Developer 2010 Express has Arrived!

    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express is a free and robust development environment for building, testing and deploying Web applications across the Microsoft Web Platform including ASP.Net, Internet Information Services and SQL Server. Unleash your creativity with powerful design surfaces for building...
  • Blog Post: Spell checker 2.3 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    Minor update for the Spell checker add-in for VS 2008 SP1. It is now available at Visual Studio Gallery . Direct link: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/2f3d691d-8838-4d84-ad64-44a02db37e30 What's new in version 2.3: Updated native code loading mechanism to improve robustness ...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET/HTML Spell Checker 2.3 is available for Visual Studio 2010

    ASP.NET/HTML Spell Checker 2.3 for Visual Studio 2010 has been posted on Visual Studio Gallery (also accessible from Visual Studio Start page in 'Extending Visual Studio' section). Direct link: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/0db4814c-255e-4cc6-a2c2-a428de7f8949 What's new in version...
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