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ASP.NET MVC Beta Released!

Today we released ASP.NET MVC Beta, available here on the Microsoft Download Center.  The release is installable to Visual Studio 2008 (either RTM or SP1) or Visual Web Developer Express (SP1 only), and includes a "Go Live" grant in the license.  Scott Guthrie has written an excellent blog post covering the complete details...

Visual Web Developer support for out of band releases.

Recently we have received a few requests from customers asking whether our out of band (OOB) releases (Silverlight, Dynamic Data Wizard, Model View Controller and Web Deployment Project) are supported in Visual Web Developer (VWD) Express or not. This blog post lists all the OOB releases that we have shipped during the last year and what ...

Debugging A Web Site With A Host Header

If you have downloaded the RTM version of SP1 for Visual Studio 2008, you may get an error when trying to debug a Web Site with a host header on IIS 6 or IIS 5.1. The error message reads: "Unable to start debugging on the web server. An authentication error occurred while communicating with the web server. Please see Help for assistance.&...

Multiple control selection tips/tricks/workarounds

In an earlier blog, we mentioned that multiple control selection was returning with VS2008 SP1. We also mentioned that it isn’t a functionally complete feature yet due to time constraints. Rather than waiting till the next release of Visual Studio, we decided to deliver the core functionality in SP1. The plan is to deliver a completed ...

Web Development Updates in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 are now available for download.  This blog post highlights the major changes in SP1 related to web development. New Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 The following is a list of new features in SP1 which relate to web development: Class Libraries and Web Application...

Faster switch to design view in VS 2008 SP1 RTM

Some customers discovered that sometimes switch to Design view was very slow. We analyzed submitted reports and tracked the issue down to a code that was discovering available AJAX Extenders and which contols they were applicable to. In order to avoid unnecessary delays we moved discovery of AJAX extenders to a background thread. This ...

Multiple control selection in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 RTM

We have been listening to your [strong] feedback and we are now happy to announce that multiple selection and alignment operations in Design view are coming back and will be included in VS 2008 SP1 RTM and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 SP1 RTM.We do understand that designing pages using absolute positioning of elements is a highly ...