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New VS2008 Feature: “Downgrade” HTML, CSS, and JScript Errors to Warnings

VS2005 introduced the ability to validate your markup and CSS for standards compliance alongside your code. It’s a great feature, but it can be frustrating when you’re looking for that one critical compilation error underneath a pile of validation errors. Well, we heard your feedback and added two new options in VS2008: 1) “downgrade” HTML/CSS errors to warnings, 2) “downgrade” JScript errors to warnings. The Two New Options The VS2005 Default Experience The VS2008 Default Experience We hope this will separate the validation clutter way from what is stopping your build. You can visually distinguish the warnings from the errors in the text editor as the warnings use green squiggles. It’s worthwhile to note that both options also (implicitly)...
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The Contextual AutoComplete Guidance Bundle is Available on CodePlex

Yesterday, we quietly released the Contextual AutoComplete Bundle on CodePlex. It is available on the WCSF Releases page , which links to the release here . This is the first of the bundles mentioned in my other post about vNext . Read More...
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What has the Web Client Team been doing recently?

I have not been blogging much recently since I have been leading the Client team here at patterns & practices in working on the Web Client Software Factory vNext. You may have noticed the (almost) weekly code drops on the WCSF CodePlex site . These drops have been in the CodePlex source control system (with a few exceptions). Recent Blog Posts You may have also noticed blog posts by Glenn and Blaine about WCSF, like these: WCSF Rich UI Weekly Drop on Codeplex Web Client vNext Community Drop Will the real PageFlow please stand up? WCSF vNext What you have not seen, is any discussion of what is coming in vNext. Before discussing vNext, however, I want to let folks know we have been listening to feedback. We have seen a lot of feedback on the...
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Ajax Futures and JavaScript as a Universal Runtime

Joel Spolsky posts about where Ajax development might be headed, and alludes to compiling down to JavaScript. Script# is based on a similar philosophy... Read More...
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Rendering ASP.NET Controls out of place

Two posts back I discussed a technique you can use to render controls in an order other than how they are physically arranged in the control tree. A reader, Winston Fassett, posted a comment asking for some advice on how to get a control to render into...( read more ) Read More...
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09-19-2007, 1:56 AM

VS 2008 Support to Treat HTML, CSS and JScript Validation issues as warnings instead of errors

One of the features that VS 2005 added was support for HTML source validation . This enabled you to validate your page markup against different HTML schemas and standards (XHTML Transitional/Strict, HTML 4.01, various browser types, etc). You could also use the HTML validation features to detect missing link, image or style references in your markup. For example, if you have an HTML hyperlink in your page that points to a local file that doesn't exist, or if your markup uses (or misuses) HTML or CSS content, you'll by default see red squiggles in the source editor: And if the html document is open you'll by default see these issues listed in the error list: Note: if you don't want HTML validation support at all you can optionally turn off the...
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09-18-2007, 1:01 PM

Phil Haack joins the ranks!

I am very excited that Phil Haak is joining the ASP.NET product team... He will bring a wealth of industry experience, community connections and energy to the team. We lured him in with promises of endless sunny days in Seattle and a chance to be the program manager for a new MVC framework for ASP.NET (more details on that soon, stay tuned)... Welcome Phil! Read More...
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Themes & Master Pages - Are they enough ?

I’m not a graphics designer, not even close. In fact, I’m what you might refer to as esthetically challenged. So lately I’ve been toying with the idea of building an ASP.NET based CMS, mostly due to my frustration about the lack of .NET based options when compared to PHP. So I’ve been working on application architecture and ASP.NET offers lots of great synergies, but one place I’m stuck is in the area of UI abstraction for the purpose of themeing. I understand how themes and Master Pages work technically, but my lack of design acumen leaves me struggling when evaluating them for complex UI design. So, to get me started I picked up a copy of Jacob Sanford’s new book…. ASP.NET 2.0 Design – CSS, Themes and master Pages I’ll blog a review and probably...
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Free Windows Based Hosting

Whew, I'm back from my 17 day cruise in the Mediterranian and while it's good to be back, I sure missed a lot! I'm still trying to get things sorted, but in the mean time I figured I'd share this little juicy bit with you. Verio is offering free Windows based hosting for anyone who wants it! They don't require a credit card, and the offer is good through January 2010, so you get a good couple of years out of this. The offer is not available online (huh?), so you have to call and deal with a human. And since it's a 1-800 number, that'll make it a bit harder for those outside the USA. In any event, if you want to take advantage of it, call Verio at 1.800.932.7483! And feel free to pass along Read More...
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Inline Script inside an ASP.NET AJAX UpdatePanel

When you wrap content with an UpdatePanel, it pretty much takes care of everything for you. But it can't do absolutely everything... Take for example some inline script: < p > Some html before the script </ p > < script type = "text/javascript...( read more ) Read More...
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