New book on Visual Web Developer 2008

Jim Cheshire who is working in Microsoft Customer Support wrote a book on the Visual Web Developer 2008 and all the new features that VWD 2008 has for Web designers. Title of the book may be a bit misleading, but if you know that VS 2008 and VWD 2008 provide same HTML and ASP.NET design surface…

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Visual Studio 2008 CSS editor recognizes vendor extensions

By popular request we added support for CSS vendor extensions in VS 2008. For example, the following CSS will be marked as invalid in VS 2005div{ -moz-background-origin: content; display: -moz-box; } but will not be squiggled in VS 2008. VS still does not provide intellisense against CSS extensions by default, but it is no longer…

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How to create custom CSS intellisense schema in Visual Studio 2005 and 2008

Some time ago I described how to add custom HTML markup intellisense and validation schema to VS 2005 and Visual Web Developer Express. Same steps apply to VS 2008. Here I am going to describe how to add custom CSS intellisense schema. First of all, you can simply modify existing schema. For example, technically CSS 2.x…

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I am a C++ developer, why I am getting Visual Studio Web Authoring Component installed?

Some folks found that even when they only check Visual C++ in the setup options and uncheck Web Development tools, they still get Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring Component installed as a prerequisite right after .NET Framework 3.5. Why is this happening? Historically in earlier versions of Visual Studio (2002-2005) it was always possible to…

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