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Silverlight 3 Tools Beta Released!

Silverlight 3 Tools Beta for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is now available for download. This installer includes: XAP Compression Improvements The Silverlight 3 SDK creates XAPs compressed up to 40% better than the Silverlight 2 SDK. Support for Cached Transparent Platform Extensions Reduce the size of your ...

ASP.NET Web Development Server Stops Working

A Windows Defender and Microsoft Forefront Client Security signature file (1.53.256.0) was released at 8:45 PM (PST) on March 9, 2009 to address a Win32/PossibleHostFileHijack issue.  This update modified the hosts file to prevent malicious redirection of websites.  As a result, the entry for localhost may have been removed from the ...

Hotfix for Visual Studio hang when opening Web project from a remote site

Under certain conditions opening Web projects from remote sites may become very slow. We've seen quite a few 'hang' reports submitted via 'Send Information to Microsoft' feedback (aka Dr. Watson). The reason is that sometimes XML editor (which is used when you edit web.config) may begin walking remote Web site file structure looking for ...

ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2

ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2 is live! Check out Phil Haack’s blog, Haacked.com, for information on the new installer and some other general release info. The release is mostly focused on responding to customer feedback but there are some minor tooling improvements and bug fixes that are worth calling out. Tooling Improvements And ...

Preview of Code Contract Tools Now Available

We’ve mentioned Code Contracts over on the BCL Blog a few times now, but never yet on the CLR Blog.  Basically, Code Contracts are a way to add preconditions, post-conditions, and object invariants to your code.  The goal is to help you catch developer errors earlier in the cycle.  In my Introduction to Code Contracts post...
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Hotfix Available for ASP.NET MVC Crashes With Azure/Power Commands/Resharper

If you have been experiencing Visual Studio crashes when opening view pages in design view or having trouble installing ASP.NET MVC due to problems with third party add-ins such as Power Commands, please try out the just released CLR hotfix here: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=16827&...

Resource Manager and .Net Interaction with ServiceControlManager

Kim Hamilton has a couple of excellent posts on the BCL Team blog. In the first post on Working with the ResourceManager, Kim talks about the basics of resource generation, constructing a ResourceManager and how resource fallback works. The post also covers debugging resource loading failures using Fusion logs, Reflector and Resview.  ...
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Web Packaging: Creating web packages using MSBuild

This post is next in the series of VS 2010 articles that we have been putting together to dive into the Web Deployment improvements with VS 2010 and IIS.  I would recommend reading the the preceding posts to get an overview of all the scenarios supported: In this post I will cover web package creation using MSBuild command line.&...