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Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 Performance

Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 is out and we at the Web Development Tools team are pleased to let you know that we have fixed a lot of the performance issues from Beta1. It took a considerable amount of time and effort but we feel it was well worth it. We would like to thank the community for your feedback and in helping us identify a lot of these issues. There has been some good improvements to Add Reference dialog, first switch to design view etc. Please try using Beta2 and let us know if you find any of the Web Scenarios to be particularly slow. We would like to hear your issues and concerns around performance for Web Scenarios. You can help make the product better by providing us with early feedback. If you encounter a performance issue please...
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IIS 7.5 Launched with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

Since the Windows 2008 Server launch last March, the IIS team has shipped a bunch of new features that plug-in to IIS7 and in parallel worked on IIS 7.5, launching today in the Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 release.  IIS 7.5 includes many bug fixes, improvements and new features, and is definitely worth grabbing.  If you haven’t tried IIS7 yet, check out the many reasons to try it.  If you’re already using IIS7 and want to know what’s new in IIS 7.5, Mai-lan just posted an update to her blog with a nice summary.  Note: the IIS Extensions which are not already included in IIS 7.5 will install and work on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2! Read More...
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10-21-2009, 3:01 PM

Mozilla and Microsoft work together on WPF\ClickOnce plugins

  Recently some friends mentioned that they saw Firefox had block-listed some Microsoft WPF\ClickOnce add-ons. As Mike Shaver (VP Engineering for the Mozilla) noted in his blog post , this action is the result of Mozilla and Microsoft working together to protect customers in relation to Security Update MS09-054 . I think it is very important for Microsoft and Mozilla to collaborate so actively to help protect customers… in this case we all agreed it made sense to add the Microsoft add-in to the block-list. We also heard clearly that many customers, especially enterprise customers are relying on this add-on for their daily work. As such Mozilla and Microsoft are working together to give these customers the best possible experience. Like...
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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 - Web Tools Overview

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 has officially shipped! If you haven’t already, download a copy from here . What New with Visual Studio If you are new to Visual Studio 2010 please check out all our previous blogs to get a understanding of all the changes we made for Beta 1 including this intro blog on beta 1: http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/archive/2009/05/20/visual-studio-10-and-asp-net-4-0-beta1.aspx What’s New with Beta 2 With this release the Web Tools team has introduced a number of great improvements. A number of these improvements are listed below. New Template Using the default ASP.NET web site template, projects now come with a pre-configured site. This template configures your site to use master and content pages. In addition, it has styles...
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The Microsoft Ajax Library and Visual Studio Beta 2

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was released this week and one of the first things that I hope you notice is that it no longer contains the latest version of ASP.NET AJAX. What happened? Where did AJAX go? Just like Sting and The Police , just like Phil Collins and Genesis , just like Greg Page and the Wiggles , AJAX has gone out of band! We are starting a solo career. A Name Change First things first. In previous releases, our Ajax framework was named ASP.NET AJAX . We now have changed the name of the framework to the Microsoft Ajax Library . There are two reasons behind this name change. First, the members of the Ajax team got tired of explaining to everyone that our Ajax framework is not tied to the server-side ASP.NET framework. You can use the...
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10-21-2009, 9:15 AM

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 – a first look at the UI and Web Development

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is out and has a slick new UI. Also, this Beta has most of the features that would ship with the final version compared to the earlier Beta. Note that while new features might be added, there are chances that some of the features demonstrated here may also not be a part of the final release. But, for now, lets examine the current Beta 2. The first thing you would notice and probably like, is the UI enhancements. Herebelow, is the launch screen. Also, the start page has been modified to accommodate more useful things. The good thing is that you can completely customize the Start Page since it is a XAML based UI. You can find the start page itself as a Project at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE...
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10-21-2009, 3:50 AM

Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts I’m doing on the upcoming VS 2010 and .NET 4 release.  In today’s blog post I’m going to cover some of the new code searching and navigation features that are now built-into VS 2010. Searching and Navigating code Developers need to be able to easily navigate, search and understand the code-base they are working on.  In usability studies we’ve done, we typically find that developers spend more time reading, reviewing and searching existing code than actually writing new code.  The VS 2010 code editor adds some nice new features that allow you to more productively search and navigate a code-base, and enable you to more easily understand how code is being used within a solution.  Searching...
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How to ensure placeholder folders are created during VS 2010 Web Deployment

During many web deployment scenarios developers want to be able create place holder folders where eventually their log files or runtime generated files like XMLs, Images etc will be stored… With VS 2010 Web Deployment there will be a small work around required for you to be able to deploy place holder folders…  Before I go about explaining the work around let me call out that if you do not know about VS 2010 Web Deployment features it might be worth while to check out the blog series about VS 2010 Web Deployment at Overview Post for VS 2010 Web Deployment … Anyways, as VS 2010 Web Deployment is completely based on MSBuild based Web Publishing Pipeline (WPP) lot of deployment depends upon the MSBuild constructs…  One of the key features...
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The Minutes On 9 - Channel 9 Video Interviews with the ASP.NET 4 Team

Who loves you? Not only is Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 now available for everyone to download (not just subscribers) but I've got 11 short video interviews with the ASP.NET 4 team up on Channel 9. I was up in Redmond just last week and made sure to stop by the offices of as many ASP.NET developers and program managers as I could. I chatted with a few faces you may recognize and a few you may not. All of them are working hard to make ASP.NET 4 cool. I'm still working on my video techniques, and I used two different HD cameras to film these videos. Your feedback (negative AND positive) is always appreciated. This series of videos is called Hanselminutes on 9 and you can get to all of these (and many more) using the Channel 9 Tag " hanselminuteson9...
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10-21-2009, 2:40 AM

Data Enhancements in .NET 4 / Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

On Wednesday we are releasing .NET 4 / Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 to the public and  it brings many cool enhancements to the ASP.NET data controls and Entity Framework. I’m going to drill into a few features of these data related features and you can read more about all the changes to ASP.NET 4 at: http://www.asp.net/learn/whitepapers/aspnet40/ . This contains a very detailed list of all the changes we have made in ASP.NET. Here are a couple of my favorite “data” related features: 1) The Entity Framework now supports the ability to the ability to pluralize entity sets and singularize entities. This means when I refer the table the table will be called “Products” but the actual class that I work on in my application is a “Product”. This feels...

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