Enabling IIS Express support in VS 2010 Sp1

  With the Sp1 release of Visual Studio 2010 now available for download, you now have the option to use IIS Express as the development server for your web projects instead of the built-in Visual Studio Development server (aka. Cassini). Here are some previous blog posts explaining the IIS Express integration features in VS 2010… Read more

How to get Razor intellisense for @model in a class library project

Many of us follow a modular architecture and create MVC3 Razor view in a separate class library project. Following  is a screenshot of the class library project that I have created. Now if I open a view with @model typed in it, I notice  that it shows squiggle for @model and no intellisense is shown…. Read more

ASP.NET Web Application: Publish/Package Tokenizing Parameters

  Today I just saw a question posted on stackoverflow.com asking Why are some Web.config transforms tokenised into SetParameters.xml and others are not? Let me give some background on this topic for those who are not aware of what the question is. With Visual Studio 2010 when you package your application using the Build Deployment… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment Projects RTW – Available Now

We are pleased to announce that the RTW version of Web Deployment Projects for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for download. If you’ve been using Web Deployment Projects in Visual Studio 2008 or 2005, you can upgrade to VS 2010 without hesitation with the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment Projects RTW (for… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 support with SQL Server

We’ve been getting a few questions by our users about Visual Studio 2010’s support for SQL Server versions.  So I thought it would be good to address them here (when one person asks a question, there are probably others thinking the same question.) Visual Studio 2010 only supports SQL Server 2005+ Visual Studio 2010’s design… Read more

General Performance Improvements in VS2010 since Beta2

When we released Beta2 in Oct 2009, there was a lot of customer excitement about the super cool features in VS 2010. However, one recurring complaint from customers was that the performance of VS 2010 was not on par with Orcas. Customers were experiencing general slowness in a lot of features that was hindering them… Read more

Web Deployment: Excluding Files and Folders via the Web Application’s Project File

Web Deployment (see this posting for an overview) offers a set of pre-determined options to allow users to include the most common sets of files for deployment.  These options are as follows and can be found under the “Items to deploy” section on the Package / Publish Web property page.   Only files needed to… Read more

One-Click Publish – What’s New Since Beta 2

Publishing using MSDeploy In-Process Deployment or Remote Agent Through the Beta 2 release, VS 2010 had only supported publishing to servers using MSDeploy’s IIS deployment handler technology integrated with the “Web Management Service”, a.k.a. WMSVC. As long as you had an account on a hosting server using WMSVC, you could use MSDeploy to update your web content. This is the msdeploy technology most people will use… Read more

Issues between Visual Studio, Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse and Windows 2008 Server

Quite some time ago, when Vista just went RTM, Risk Strahl discovered that when he used Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse, code intellisense and markup validation in Visual Studio stopped working. Since several activities in VS are done in a background on idle (not to be confused with background threads – idle processing is performed on the… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment Projects Beta – Available Now

If you’ve been using Web Deployment Projects in Visual Studio 2008 or 2005, you can upgrade to VS 2010 without hesitation now with the availability of Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment Projects Beta (for Visual Studio Professional and higher skus). The power tool named “Web Deployment Projects” originally shipped as an out-of-band update for both… Read more