New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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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 own AJAX extenders, and you add them to the toolbox, Visual Studio 2008 now allows you to configure them visually.


In addition Visual Studio will show extender properties in the property grid when viewing properties of a control once it has been extended.

JScript syntax validation

Visual Studio now has basic syntax validation for Javascript code.  The editor will now squiggle known syntax problems with a red underline, and will display the same errors in the error list.

Drag/drop of script file references

To add a reference to an external JS file, one can simply drag it into any HTML, ASPX, or another JS file.

Improved support for creation and consumption of WCF services

In Beta1, one could create a WCF service only in the Website project type.  With Beta2, there is now support create WCF services in both Website and Web Application project types. 

In addition, we have added support for adding a web reference to WCF services in both the Website and Web Application project types. 


These new Beta 2 features, combined with the features that were added in Beta1, should make Visual Studio 2008 a fantastic tool for web developers.

Let us know what you think!

-Omar Khan
Group Program Manager
Visual Studio Web Tools


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