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Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and Orcas Tools released!

We’ve just announced the new Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and Orcas Tools support at MIX ’07! Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for building next-gen media experiences and rich interactive applications. Silverlight 1.1 contains a cross-platform CLR, allowing you to use your favorite .NET language rather than JavaScript to ...

Spell checker for HTML and ASP.NET: multilanguage edition

HTML / ASP.NET spell checker addin was updated with support for multiple languages. Spell checker is now able to detect lang attribute specified on elements, extracts ISO language and uses it to specify appropriate dictionary for the Office spell checking engine.(image) In order to be able to run spell check in multiple languages you...

Visual Studio Beta 1 and Visual Web Developer Express CTP are out!

19th of April we shipped Visual Studio Orcas Beta1. See Soma's blog entry: . Downloads are here. This is also first time Express editions are available for download including Visual Web Developer Express. VWD Orcas Express download is bigger than in VWD 2005 Express largely because of the new HTML designer. Express editions are also ...

Expression Web and Expression Blend added to MSDN!

Back in December 2006, Microsoft released Expression Web, a designer tool that's a great companion to Visual Web Developer and Visual Studio.  You can read about this tool in this earlier blog post that we had made.  Since then, we have received a ton of feedback asking why this as well as Expression Blend are not...

He’s live… he’s live not… he’s live…

I was making some code changes today and thought this was interesting to share. As you know, the WeakReference class has a getter and a setter method to get and set the Target which is what the weakref points to. See Using GC Efficiently – Part 3 for more details on WeakReference.   Note that the code below is only for illustration ...
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JScript Debugging in Visual Web Developer Orcas

Jeff King made a recent post to show off the new JScript IntelliSense feature in the March CTP of Visual Studio. Now I am going to show off the improved JScript Debugging experience in the March CTP. The first thing you will notice is that when you try to debug an IE page, VS will give you a nice little dialog reminding you to turn ...

JScript Debugging in Visual Web Developer 2005

A lot of people have asked about how to debug JScript in Visual Web Developer 2005. You need to know a few tricks before you can set a breakpoint on an ASPX document (Note that the experience is vastly improved in our Orcas March CTP and I will be making a separate blog post on that soon).  1. Enable client script debugging on IE: (image...

Visual Studio 2005 Update for Windows Vista Available

I recently posted some tips about how to have success doing web development with Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista.  One recommendation in that post was to install the "Beta" release of the Visual Studio 2005 Update for WIndows Vista.  I'm happy to announce final version of the Visual Studio 2005 Update for...

JScript IntelliSense March CTP Gotchas + Workarounds

The March CTP is of course a "Preview" and does have some bugs.  I thought we'd share the top issues seen and offer some workarounds. 1. TypeLibBuilder.exe "has encountered a problem..." If you're seeing this: (image) This a bug where that particular assembly has not been given a Strong Name.  The solution ...