A lot of snow around Seattle

It has been heavily snowing for more than a week. I cleaned my driveway four times already, each time removing a foot of snow – good excercise :-). However, our street was only plowed once 🙁 so one really needs a high clearance car to get out. It is snowing every year and yet city…


Russian VS 2008 SP1 has been released

Пакет обновления 1 (SP1) Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (установщик) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=ru&FamilyID=fbee1648-7106-44a7-9649-6d9f6d58056e This is a coordinated release with Russian for SQL, MSDN, and the Orcas SP1 RUS Library.


Why there is no spell checking in Design view?

Some folks asked why VS 2008 and VWD Express 2008 do not have “live” spell checking like Expression Web or SharePoint Designer 2007? Designer is shared with Expression Web and hence code must be there, right? Correct. But there are licensing issues. Office spell checker and dicitonaries are not 100% Microsoft products (you can see…


Where is Mikhail?

I have been posting in our team blog primarily. Maybe I should have cross posted, but I didn’t. I will probably continue posting major articles on the team blog and redirect my blog to more technical subjects. Meanwhile, I hope you discovered that spell checker has been updated.  


Uninstalling VS 2008 SP1 Beta and HTML designer update

Just in case you want to uninstall VS 2008 SP1 Beta, please remember that Web designer is a separate product so you may have to uninstall its update manually in Control Panel. Look for “Update for WebDesigner 2007 (KB945140)” and uninstall it after uninstalling VS service pack. The name will change in SP1 RTM though.


Video tutorials on HTML designer

Since VS is sharing HTML designer with Expression Web, many videos available for Expression Web may also be useful for Visual Studio users. LearnExpression is a great site with many videos on designer tools and page layout: http://www.learnexpression.com/. There are also videos at the Microsoft Expression sites here: http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/cc197140.aspx Use CSS Layout in Expression Web…


Wireless mouse, HTML editor and idle time processing

Several people reported issues when toolbox, validation and/or server code intellisense do not work reliably on some machines. Turned our that the issue is related to wireless mouse driver broadcasting messages and preventing Visual Studio IDE from processing idle time. Rick Strahl blogged about this here and here. The problem also manifests itself in the OS…


Sharing designer between Expression Web and Visual Studio

As you probably know, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 include designer that is shared with Expression Web. See my earlier post on this. Both Expression Web and VS are using same base code, but each team adds unique functionality. We share bug fixes and core feature set. For example, VS 2008…


Microsoft Web Authoring Component setup and Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system

I have found that a few people could not install Visual Web Developer 2008 or Visual Studio 2008 because Microsoft Web Authoring Component setup was failing on their machine. In order to diagnose the problem it is necessary to look into SetupExe(…).log files that can be located in the user TEMP folder. The file is…