JScript IntelliSense March CTP Gotchas + Workarounds

The March CTP is of course a “Preview” and does have some bugs.  I thought we’d share the top issues seen and offer some workarounds. 1. TypeLibBuilder.exe “has encountered a problem…” If you’re seeing this: This a bug where that particular assembly has not been given a Strong Name.  The solution is to turn verification off for this one assembly. … Read more

New Beginner Development Learning Center on MSDN

Are you a true beginner at web development?  Do you want to know what CSS stands for or how to write your first line of JavaScript?  Do you already know HTML and basic web development, but are new to ASP.NET?  Are you familiar with ASP.NET but are not sure how to add master pages or membership… Read more

JScript IntelliSense in Visual Studio Orcas

The March CTP of Visual Studio marks the debut of a much-requested and long-awaited feature: improved JScript IntelliSense.  We’ve been working on this for almost a year now and I’m pretty excited to finally be able to share it with the public.  There are a variety of topics I’d like to deep dive into, but… Read more

Visual Studio Orcas March CTP is available!

The March CTP (community technology preview) of Visual Studio Orcas is now available here.  You can either install it (side-by-side with VS 2005) or use via a VPC image.  This is the first CTP that contains significant web tools feature enhancements – the new HTML/Webforms Designer, Jscript Intellisense and Debugging, LINQ to SQL Designer and Multitargeting being some of the… Read more

Tip/Trick: Avoid launching 2 instances of IE when using Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista

I’ve seen user reports in several forums, where two instances of Internet Explorer get launched when doing F5, CTRL+F5, or View in Browser in Visual Studio 2005 running on Windows Vista. If you are encountering this issue, taking the following two steps should fix it: Install the beta version of the Visual Studio 2005 Update for Windows Vista.  The final… Read more

Free refactoring tools for ASP.NET code in Visual Studio 2005

DevExpress today announced the availability of Refactor! for ASP.NET — a free add-on to Visual Studio 2005 that enables very cool refactoring capabilities for ASP.NET code. The add-on can be downloaded from here: http://www.devexpress.com/refactorasp The add-on includes the following ASP.NET refactorings: Add Validator Extract ContentPlaceHolder Extract ContentPlaceHolder (and create master page) Extract Style (Class) Extract Style (id) Move to… Read more

How to use the new CSS features in Visual Studio Orcas

One of the questions I have gotten when showing the new CSS features in Orcas to customers is how do these tools help me analyze the styles on my page. Or more specifically, why doesn’t the page look like I think it should. One of the most powerful new tools included in Orcas is the… Read more

Tip/Trick: Using Mobile Web Forms with Web Application Projects

Hopefully, people reading this post are familiar with the “Web Application Projects” feature that was added to Visual Studio 2005 in Service Pack 1.  If you are using Web Application Projects, 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… Read more

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 released – details about changes for web tools

As many of you may heard Visual Studio 2005 SP1 was officially released several days ago.  There have already been a couple of blog posts announcing the release from ScottGu and Soma.  One item of feedback I saw on those posts was a request for more information about the actual fixes in SP1. I’m writing this blog… Read more