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  • 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: 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: 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: HTML 5 intellisense and validation schema for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer

    You all probably know that new HTML 5 standard is coming. We made a new intellisense schema that you can add to VS 2008 or VWD Express 2008 and get intellisense and validation on HTML 5 elements. Note that schema is for markup only, we do not have DOM2 update for jscript intellisense yet. How to install...
  • Blog Post: Converting a Web Site Project to a Web Application Project

    Differences between Web Site Projects (WSP) and Web Application Projects (WAP) are highlighted in blogs such as this one . Based on that, if you feel a WAP would be better for your particular needs than a WSP, but have already created a WSP, you may be asking yourself, “Can I convert my WSP into a WAP...
  • Blog Post: Single Project Add View in ASP.Net MVC 2 Preview 2

    Last week we released ASP.Net MVC 2 Preview 2 for Visual Studio 2008 Sp1. In the box support for single project areas is now included and the Add View tool has been modified to streamline this scenario. A walkthrough that creates two simple single project areas can be found here . If you follow the steps...
  • Blog Post: Working with SVG files in Visual Studio and Visual Web Developer

    Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is W3C standard language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML. Firefox 3+, Opera 9+ and Safari 3+ support SVG rendering. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 8 does not support SVG natively and requires a plug-in. There a plug in from...
  • Blog Post: Download four free sample chapters from Visual Web Developer book

    Some time ago Jim Cheshire wrote a book on VWD 2008 and recently book publisher kindly allowed us to provide four chapters as free downloadable PDF files. The following chapters are available: Creating Web sites Creating and Managing CSS Styles Applying CSS to Web Forms Debugging ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Visual Web Developer - Designer Survey

    The VWD team is always looking for ways to improve our product for our customers. To help us better achieve this goal we have created a survey that we hope you will take a few moments to fill out. Click Here to take survey This survey centers around the VWD designer which provides a WYSIWYG editor for...
  • Blog Post: New series of video tutorials on Visual Web Developer Express 2008

    We have started a new series of video tutorials on Visual Web Developer Express 2008. Over the course of next few weeks we will be adding many more videos to this series . These video tutorials will range in complexity from beginner to intermediate and will help Web developers build everything from simple...
  • Blog Post: Hotfix for "Design view does not update HTML" and to "Designer inserts a lot of  "

    A hotfix is now available for issues most commonly described as " I make changes in Design view but Source does not get updated " and " After certain actions designer inserts a lot of   in the page" .   This hotfix can be downloaded from:   http://code.msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC 1.0 now Live!

    ASP.NET MVC 1.0 is now Live. You can download it right now here . Also check out Phil Haack’s post on the release. If you are new to MVC, please check out our previous posts for more information and links to many useful blogs and resources. Alternatively, check out the official site for tutorials, videos...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2

    ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2 is live ! Check out Phil Haack’s blog, Haacked.com , for information on the new installer and some other general release info. The release is mostly focused on responding to customer feedback but there are some minor tooling improvements and bug fixes that are worth calling...
  • Blog Post: Checkout Tip#24 to Tip#40 on our Tips and Tricks blog

    Latest on Tips and Tricks Blog. Tip #40: Did you know…How to scope master pages? Tip #39: Did you know… How to cancel a remote web operation in Visual Studio 2008? Tip #38: Did you know...How to use Failed Request Tracing to trace Rewrite Rules? Tip #37: Did you know…How to organize...
  • Blog Post: Spell checker update 2.2: full support for VS 2008 SP1, simpler setup and a few bug fixes

    This version is obsolete. Please refer to Visual Studio Gallery http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/2f3d691d-8838-4d84-ad64-44a02db37e30 for the most up-to-date information and download. For VS 2010 version look here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/0db4814c-255e-4cc6...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for a slow closing of Web projects

    A few users reported that with Web projects located on a remote machine closing project or solution may hang Visual Studio and Visual Web Developer Express for several minutes. We fould that the issue may be caused by VS logging component that collects information on product usage. This is an opt-in...
  • Blog Post: JScript IntelliSense FAQ

    I've been reading through the 70 or so comments on our last 2 jQuery posts.  There have been a lot of great questions.  Apologies for not being able to answer them sooner (I was busy preparing for Dev Connections).  Instead of answering them inline with the comments, I'll try to paraphrase...
  • Blog Post: Checkout Tip#13 to Tip#23 on our Tips and Tricks blog

    Latest on Tips and Tricks Blog. Tip #13: Did you know... How to get the browser agent using ASP.NET Ajax ? Tip #14: Did you know…How to enable debugging of your Web Site? Tip #15: Did you know... How to use tracing with ASP.NET Ajax? Tip #16: Did you know… How to change the default format settings for...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Tips of the Day – Week 9

    Silverlight Tip of the Day #66 Title: How to copy XAML for Silverlight from Expression Designer Silverlight Tip of the Day #65 Title: Adding a Mouse Wheel Event Listener to your Controls Silverlight Tip of the Day #64 Title: Deploying a Silverlight Application with a Web Service Silverlight Tip of the...
  • Blog Post: Dev 10 Performance Improvements Planning

    Web Development Tools team is planning to spend cycles in Dev10 to improve the performance of Web Development scenarios. In that effort, we have identified the following areas where we should maintain parity with VS 2008 SP1/ improve for Dev 10. We came up with the list based on our team’s tests/ regular...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Beta Released!

    Today we released ASP.NET MVC Beta, available here on the Microsoft Download Center.  The release is installable to Visual Studio 2008 (either RTM or SP1) or Visual Web Developer Express (SP1 only), and includes a "Go Live" grant in the license.  Scott Guthrie has written an excellent...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 has been Released!

    Today I am very proud to announce that Silverlight 2 has been officially released! Grab it today at http://silverlight.net/GetStarted . This is a phenomenal release that provides a powerful solution to creating rich web application. At the link above you can install: The official release version of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Checkout Tip#10, Tip#11, Tip#12 and Tip#13 on Tips and Tricks blog

    Here are four new tips on Tips and Tricks Blog. Tip #10 Did you know… Visual Web Developer 2008 has a New Style Builder Dialog? Tip #11 Did you know… New Style builder can be invoked from various other tool windows in Visual Web Developer. Tip #12: Did you know..How to create an IIS Virtual Directory...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Tips of the Day – Week 8

    Silverlight Tip of the Day #57 Title: How to Dynamically Load a Silverlight Control within another Silverlight Control Silverlight Tip of the Day #56 Title: Accessing the HTML DOM from Silverlight. Silverlight Tip of the Day #55 Title: How to Apply Styles in Silverlight – Part I Silverlight Tip of the...
  • Blog Post: Exclude Files and Folders from WDP Output

    Web  Deployment Projects (WDP) allows you to pre-compile your web into binaries and further also allows you to merge the assemblies produced in the format that you like. In my earlier posts I had talked about various WDP features and the latest release of WDP for VS 2008.  You can read more...
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