Web Development Updates in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 are now available for download.  This blog post highlights the major changes in SP1 related to web development.


New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 SP1


The following is a list of new features in SP1 which relate to web development:



  • Class Libraries and Web Application Projects in Express

  • JScript Formatting

  • More Support for External JScript Libraries

  • Dynamic Data Templates

  • SQL Server 2008 Support

  • WCF Renaming Support

  • IIS Module and Handler Templates

  • Multiple Selection in Design View (new since SP1 Beta)

  • Ability to add ADO.NET Data Service Reference in web projects (new since SP1 Beta)

For more details on the above features, please see the following articles:


http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/archive/2008/05/12/visual-studio-2008-sp1-beta.aspx
http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/archive/2008/06/12/multiple-control-selection-in-visual-studio-2008-sp1-rtm.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc748663.aspx


Web Development IDE Performance Improvements


SP1 includes all of the web development performance improvements that were available previously via a downloadable hotfix.  See http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/archive/2008/02/09/downloadable-hotfix-performance-and-editor-fixes-for-microsoft-visual-studio-2008-and-visual-web-developer-express-2008.aspx for more information on the performance issue addressed. 


In addition to the performance improvements mentioned in the above hotfix description, SP1 also addresses the following performance issues related to web development:



Notable Bug Fixes


Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 contains several hundred bug fixes related to web development.  Below is a list of the most notable bugs and customer reported bugs that are fixed.


General Issues



WebForm /HTML Design View



WebForm / HTML Source View



Javascript Intellisense



Web Projects



CSS




As you can see SP1 is substantial improvement to VS2008 in the area of web development – hope you enjoy!


Omar Khan | Visual Web Developer