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How to solve Visual Studio hang problem when working in win7 with Norton antivirus

A recent support email between customer and our developer shows that Norton/Symantec antivirus may affect Visual Studio’s performance in win7 due to the win7 jumplists.  Here’s a workaround for it: First, to determine if this is the problem, you may want to disable the antivirus temporarily and see if these hangs still ...

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta IIS Express Integration

A few days ago Jason Zander blogged about the availability of Visual Studio SP1 Beta (all links below in resources section). I am happy to let you guys know that with SP1 Beta we have enabled integration of IIS Express into Visual Studio. After you have installed SP1 Beta you have to download IIS Express separately for the option to “light ...

XDT (web.config) Transforms in non-web projects

One of the really cool features that we shipped for Visual Studio 2010 was web.config (XDT) transformations. Because the transformations are so simple and straightforward one of the first questions that someone asks after using it is “how can I use this in my other projects?” Unfortunately this feature is only built into the Web ...

Finalization Uncovered

I’ve talked about finalization before but based on seeing questions related to it it appears that it deserves some clarification.   First of all, finalization is a mechanism we provide in the CLR wheras Dispose is a programming pattern. See Clearing up some confusion over finalization and other areas in GC for an explanation why we ...
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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 Package...

How to solve JavaScript IntelliSense problems in VS2010

VS2010 should support all of the VS2008 JavaScript functionalities as shown in Scott Guthrie’s VS2008 JavaScript IntelliSense blog.  It includes: 1. Basic type inference 2. IntelliSense from referenced external JavaScript libraries 3. IntelliSense from XML comments for functions, parameters and return types 4. Calling web services ...

Web Deploy: How to see the command executed in Visual Studio during publish

I just saw a post on Twitter asking the question    Is there any easy way to see the underlying MSBuild command when building in VS2010? Want to see the MSDeploy params. @wdeploy?One thing to know is that when you publish from Visual Studio, by default we use the MSDeploy (AKA Web Deployment Tool) Object Model in ...

CLR Inside Out – New Features and Improved Performance in Silverlight 4

Sorry for the late notice, but October installment of the “CLR Inside Out” column in MSDN Magazine is available on line. This month we have an article from Andrew Pardoe and Justin Van Patten on the move to a new CoreCLR for Silverlight 4. The article specifically covers new GC capabilities, improved startup performance, and new ...
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Working with different versions of AjaxControlToolkit in Visual Studio 2010

  When working with different versions of AjaxControlToolkit, Visual Studio 2010 contains some interesting improvements compared to previous versions of Visual Studio. When adding a particular version of AjaxControlToolkit controls (or other similar third-party controls) to the toolbox using the Choose Toolbox Items dialog, we now show...

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