DHTML Editing Control and IE7+

The webdevtools team has historically owned a control that shipped with IE5.5 and above.  This control is the DHTML Editing Control.  In order to improve security in IE7+, we took a hard look at this control and decided to remove it from Vista and IE7+.  A post I made yesterday on the IE blog talks about… Read more

The Web 2.0 and Home grown vs Hosted Solutions

I just made a post on my blog about moving from home hosted web applications to hosted web applications.  I’m currently struggling on whether I want to move my photos from my home hosted, and customized verions of nGallery to something larger like Flickr. I’m curious what other people think is the best solution to… Read more

Looking for good SDETs to join our team!

We have a few positions open on our test team at the moment.  The title for these positions is SDET (software design engineer in test) which is somewhat of a unique position at Microsoft.  Scott Louvau on our team posted a good article regarding what an SDET is and you can read this at http://blogs.msdn.com/scottlo/archive/2005/06/29/434121.aspx. Essentially we’re looking… Read more

Custom validation schema video on Channel 9

In this DevNugget, .net Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie (aka .net DEvHammer), shows you how you can quickly and easily create and register a custom XSD schema that allows get Intellisense and validation of your schema within the Web Form source view window. https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=191714 See also How to add a custom intellisense and validation schema… Read more

Web Application Projects is released

Web Application Projects 1.0 is live!   New since RC1:   Team Build Support with VSTS Strongly-typed access to resources defined in App_GlobalResources Edit and Continue Support (To Enabled check Project Properties Web Tab) Numerous bug fixes….   Web Application Projects now provided a similar development style and compilation model as was used in Visual… Read more

Improve Source View Performance

In case you have observed any slowness in your source view around typing or arrowing through code, here are a few tips that may help. 1. Turn off background HTML validation.  Go to Tools / Options and select Text Editor / HTML / Validation in the tree view on the left side.  Uncheck the Show… Read more

Have you installed the new spell checker add-in yet?

Mikhail Arkhipov on our team recently developed a spell checker add-in to Visual Studio 2005 that allows you to spell check the contents of your ASP.NET or HTML page in HTML view.  You need to have Office 2003 installed on your machine in order for this feature to work.  See http://blogs.msdn.com/mikhailarkhipov/archive/2006/04/17/577471.aspx for details including install location…. Read more

Meet the Team – Danny Chen

Hi, I’m Danny Chen, (2nd from the right, grey shirt, next to Pete).  Like Pete, I’m also an SDET for Visual Web Developer.  I’ve been at Microsoft for about 1 1/2 years.  Prior to shipping Visual Studio 2005, I was on the QA team for ASP.NET.  I really enjoy working with the extensibility features of Visual… Read more


I’m really excited about having a team blog! I wanted to start off with a quick introduction of myself, and then point you to a few cool things. I’m Pete LePage, an SDE/T on the Venus team.  In addition to posting here, I keep a much more regular blog over at http://blogs.msdn.com/petel and I encourage you… Read more