New O’Reilly book with articles on CSS Properties window, HTML spell checker and WAP add-ons

O’Reilly recently published a book called Windows Developer Power Tools which contains tons of useful information about free tools you can use to work more efficiently, improve your Visual Studio experience and fill the gaps. I am glad to see that it included articles on popular add-ons to the Visual Studio Web development tools CSS Properties…

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Short demo of the new CSS editing tools and improvements in client script support

On the MSDN you can find a recording of the PDC demo where we showed new CSS editing tools as well as improvements in the client script intellisense http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdnshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=318 watch “CSS Editing in Sapphire” where our program manager Brad Milligton demoes CSS tools of the new designer. “Sapphire” is code name of the project which…

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Small smartphone or a bigger device? Why do we have to choose?

Most of the time I only need a small candy bar smartphone that is extemely convenient to carry around and which is fine for calling, occasional e-mail reading and some limited Web browsing. However, sometimes I need to type an answer to an e-mail. But I don’t have to do it very often so I don’t really want to…

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Repairing Visual Web Developer intellisense issues

I’d like to summarize a few known issues with VS/VWD intellisense and respective solutions or workarounds. Symptom: No markup validation and no code intellisense. When you type invalid element or attribute, red squiggly line does not appear. No C#/VB code intellisense or when you add server control, such as asp:button, code intellisense does not pick…

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Power outage in Puget Sound was bad

My home lost power Thursday night, a week ago. On Friday there was no power anywhere. Bellevue, Redmond, Kirlkand, Woodinville – all were dark. We tried to get to Microsoft campus on Friday morning since usually it used to keep power even under quite serious conditions. It took us good two hours to get there…

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What is fixed in Visual Studio /VWD Express 2005 Service Pack 1?

There is a good post in the Visual Web Developer Team blog. There are basically three categories of changes: 1. New functionality added 2. Fixes for issues customers reported at MSDN Product Feedback (aka Microsoft Connect) 3. Crash reports we received when you click ‘Submit to Microsoft’ 4. Performance improvements. New functionality  Typically service packs…

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Expression vs. Visual Studio and Visual Web Developer

As you might know, Expression Web has shipped. Amazon lists general availability as Dec 22. I guess you may have quite a few questions, such as: How Expression Web is different from the Visual Studio / Visual Web Developer? Should I use VS or Expression? Why are they different? Primary difference is in a set of tools…

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