Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition available for download

I’m glad to announce that Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition has officially shipped, and is now available for immediate download.  Here is a quick summary of some of the great new capabilities in this release:  Tools to Design Web Pages  Use the new Split View pane which shows both the visual designer as well as the… Read more

JScript IntelliSense: A Reference for the “Reference” Tag

It should be no surprise that JScript Documentation Comments power much of what you see in JScript IntelliSense in VS2008.  Perhaps the most useful of these comments is the “reference” comment.  The “reference” comment allows you to “see” functions and objects outside of your current file in the completion list.  I’ve gotten quite a few… Read more

First book on Visual Web Developer 2008

Jim Cheshire who is working in Microsoft Customer Support wrote a new book on the Visual Web Developer 2008 “The Microsoft Expression Web Developer’s Guide to ASP.NET 3.5: Learn to create ASP.NET applications using Visual Web Developer 2008“. It describes all the new features that VWD 2008 brings for Web designers and, of course, all other… Read more

SQL Database Publishing wizard is now in Visual Studio 2008.

The SQL database publishing wizard is a very popular web-downloadable add-in for Visual Studio 2005. The publishing wizard addresses the issue where a developer needs to deploy a local database from his development machine to a hosting environment on a remote machine. We received a lot of positive feedback for this wizard and we decided… Read more

New VS2008 Feature: “Downgrade” HTML, CSS, and JScript Errors to Warnings

VS2005 introduced the ability to validate your markup and CSS for standards compliance alongside your code.  It’s a great feature, but it can be frustrating when you’re looking for that one critical compilation error underneath a pile of validation errors.  Well, we heard your feedback and added two new options in VS2008 (post-Beta 2): 1)… Read more

Tip/Trick: ASP.NET Mobile Development with Visual Studio 2008

If you are using Visual Studio 2008, you might have noticed that it doesn’t have item templates for ASP.NET Mobile Web Forms (which were previously available in Visual Studio 2003).   To help users with this scenario, I’ve created the following item templates for ASP.NET Web Site and ASP.NET Web Application projects: Mobile Web Form Mobile Web… Read more

New Visual Web Developer Resources available at MSDN’s BDLC

A few months back, we had blogged about the new BDLC (beginner developer learning center) on MSDN.  This is a a centralized learning environment specifically targeted to beginning .NET programmers.  Recently, we have added a couple of Visual Web Developer specific resources at this center.  1. Five online chapters of “Creating Web Pages for Dummies”.2. Nine online… Read more

Better Javascript intellisense with Silverlight 1.0

If you are using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, and are building applications for Silverlight using Javascript, there is a cool project from Justin-Josef Angel, which I recommend checking out.  Using Justin’s library and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, one can get much richer Javascript intellisense experience for Silverlight.  Below is an example of the additional intellisense… Read more

Orcas Beta2 Gotcha: No ASP.NET controls in toolbox, no ASP.NET intellisense/validation on pages

We’ve heard a few reports of cases with VS Orcas Beta2 where ASP.NET controls do not show up on the toolbox and ASP.NET tag intellisense and validation is broken in HTML source view.  All of the cases reported so far have been with Vista.  The root cause of this is that the Orcas Beta2 version… Read more

New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

You may have heard by now that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available for public download.  I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the new web developer features that we’ve added since Beta 1: Design view support for configuring AJAX Extenders If you are using the AJAX control toolkit for .NET 3.5, or have built your… Read more