Hosting on a UNC share is not supported for the Windows XP Platform

If you have a complex solution, with a lot of folders and subfolders, and you are hosting and debugging it on a remote IIS server (not on your local machine), you may get an error similar to the following: An error occurred loading a configuration file: Failed to start monitoring changes to ‘<path>’ because the…

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An authentication error occurred while communicating with the web server

I’m back after the summer break (3 weeks spent trying to master the “Do It Yourself” art at home ) and my second day in office I got an interesting problem with remote debugging: after installing the Service Pack 2 for .NET 2.0, when trying to debug our web application (hosted on a remote IIS)…

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TabContainer rendered incorrectly in Design View

One of the (very few) downsides I see working in Customer Support is that most of the times when talking to colleagues and friends or writing a new post for my blog, I find myself talking about problems, bugs, exceptions… what is not working fine, like a doctor most of the times has to deal…

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Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 available for download

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (exe) This download installs Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. SP1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. These service packs offer Visual Studio and .NET Framework users improvements in…

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Visual Studio 2008 crashes in “split view”

“Split view” is one of the new features in Visual Studio 2008 web designer: this is the possibility to have Design View and Source View of your page at the same time (see What’s New in ASP.NET and Web Development, “Visual Web Developer Enhancements” paragraph). A few days ago a customer called in to report…

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Again on public hotfix download

I already touched the subject in a couple of previous posts and replying to direct comments and question I got, and to confirm that we’re doing something (hopefully in the right way ) on this matter I want to highlight this news from Jeff: Migrating hotfixes to MSDN Code Gallery. The essence is that Visual…

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Version numbers in a compiled assembly

A while ago I got a call from a customer who wanted to understand what is the meaning of the version number’s in a compiled assembly and more than that, he wanted to understand how they are calculated. He expected that at least the build number were incremented every time a build is done, but…

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Want to persist your properties as markup?

Last week I got a request from a customer whom was developing a custom ASP.NET control targeted for other developers, and one of his requirements was to persist the control’s properties in the html markup, even for the default values which normally Visual Studio removes: since those are default values the assumption is that we…

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Don’t let IE local cache drive you crazy!

I stumbled across this issue multiple times during my life of web developer (which begun about 10 years ago), it appeared every now and then to complicate things when I was in the middle of a heavy debugging sessions and doing frequent changes to my pages; I was expecting some kind of results but despite…

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The weight of security

This morning I had a call with a customer which reported a performance problem opening and compiling a VB.NET 2005 web application made of hundreds of files; we have a couple of hotfixes for VS2005 included in SP1, but the customer already had it. He reported a delay in term of dozens of seconds to…

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