Web Custom Control Behavior and Authoring

  Some Best Practices and Guidance for Web Control Vendors Targeting Visual Studio The goal of this post is to provide guidance for control vendors on best practices for writing custom controls with regard to their behavior in Visual Studio. It is designed to give vendors insight into how Visual Studio behaves when performing common… Read more

Upgrade or Uninstall of Office 2007 might cause VS 2008 Web designer to hang

Update (5/3/2010): In addition to the VS designer surface not loading, there are other actions that will cause a hang.  Working with CSS increases your chances of seeing this issue.  For example, bringing up the CSS Manage Styles dialog, the CSS property grid, or CSS Apply Styles dialog can all cause the hang.  Another case where you may… Read more

Spell checker 2.3 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Minor update for the Spell checker add-in for VS 2008 SP1. It is now available at Visual Studio Gallery. Direct link: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/2f3d691d-8838-4d84-ad64-44a02db37e30 What’s new in version 2.3: Updated native code loading mechanism to improve robustness Fixed bug when applying suggestion would also delete punctuation immediately following the word. You can find extended information on the… Read more

HTML 5 intellisense and validation schema for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer

You all probably know that new HTML 5 standard is coming. We made a new intellisense schema that you can add to VS 2008 or VWD Express 2008 and get intellisense and validation on HTML 5 elements. Note that schema is for markup only, we do not have DOM2 update for jscript intellisense yet. How… Read more

Converting a Web Site Project to a Web Application Project

Differences between Web Site Projects (WSP) and Web Application Projects (WAP) are highlighted in blogs such as this one. Based on that, if you feel a WAP would be better for your particular needs than a WSP, but have already created a WSP, you may be asking yourself, “Can I convert my WSP into a… Read more

Single Project Add View in ASP.Net MVC 2 Preview 2

Last week we released ASP.Net MVC 2 Preview 2 for Visual Studio 2008 Sp1. In the box support for single project areas is now included and the Add View tool has been modified to streamline this scenario. A walkthrough that creates two simple single project areas can be found here. If you follow the steps… Read more

Working with SVG files in Visual Studio and Visual Web Developer

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is W3C standard language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML. Firefox 3+, Opera 9+ and Safari 3+ support SVG rendering. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 8 does not support SVG natively and requires a plug-in. There a plug in from Adobe (although support was discontinued this year) as well… Read more

Download four free sample chapters from Visual Web Developer book

Some time ago Jim Cheshire wrote a book on VWD 2008 and recently book publisher kindly allowed us to provide four chapters as free downloadable PDF files. The following chapters are available: Creating Web sites Creating and Managing CSS Styles Applying CSS to Web Forms Debugging ASP.NET Applications You can find link to download at VWD… Read more

Visual Web Developer – Designer Survey

The VWD team is always looking for ways to improve our product for our customers. To help us better achieve this goal we have created a survey that we hope you will take a few moments to fill out. Click Here to take survey This survey centers around the VWD designer which provides a WYSIWYG… Read more

New series of video tutorials on Visual Web Developer Express 2008

We have started a new series of video tutorials on Visual Web Developer Express 2008. Over the course of next few weeks we will be adding many more videos to this series. These video tutorials will range in complexity from beginner to intermediate and will help Web developers build everything from simple Web applications to… Read more