Tag | Visual Studio 2008 Posts

If you haven't made the jump to Visual Studio 2008 cause you don't have the bits, give a virtual PC a test drive. Microsoft is offering pre built virtual PC with several Visual Studio configurations. These are a perfect way to get a look at Visual Studio 2008 and not have to install it on your local machine. This can also be great for creating presentations. Check out the full listing of Virtual PC Microsoft has made available pre installed with Visual Studio 2008 here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... ...
Earlier this month, the Code Analysis Team talked about which code analysis rules shipped in what version of Visual Studio and FxCop. There is a great spreadsheet that shows all of the rules and in which versions they are available. Here is the list of rules that are different or removed in Visual Studio 2008 and FxCop 1.36: Removed due to removal of data flow engine: CA1062 ValidateArgumentsOfPublicMe... CA1303 DoNotPassLiteralsAsLocalize... CA2100 ReviewSqlQueriesForSecurity... ...
Video Interview with Flash Guru Jesse Warden, Tim Heuer discusses issues surrounding moving files around in build folders, Steven Smith takes aim at Hyperlinks in SL 1.0, Shawn Wildermuth gives a workaround to some problems with the SL Template, Mike Taulty has a good ADO.NET/SL WebCase, and Michael Palermo has 2 WebCasts dealing with debugging SL and ErrorHandling in SL. From SilverlightCream.com: A Flash Guru Talks about Silverlight Jesse Warden, a hard-core flash designer met with the MS folks ...
Thanks to Josh Ambrose Little for pointing out that Scott Guthrie has blogged about how to debug into the .Net Framework Library in Visual Studio 2008. I think the coolest thing is the ability to step into the Forms library (since I'm a forms guy). I'm wondering how this will impact the MONO project. Now they have specific code they can reference, although I'm sure it violates several user agreements. Technorati Tags: .Net,Visual Studio 2008,MONO ...
Carel Lotz last year released a guide on Continuous Integration (CI) for .NET 2.0 last year and was made available for download via PDF for free. Carel took the series of posts on CI and rolled them into one guide. The guide included CI with the following tools: CruiseControl.NET MSBuild MSBuild Community Tasks FxCop NUnit NCover NDepend Subversion InstallShield QuickTest Professional Sandcastle TypeMock.NET Rhino Mocks Flash forward to today. Carel spent the last two weeks and has updated the guide ...
AJ pointed out that registration was open for the Visual Studio 2008 / Windows Server 2008 launch event. Here is the registration site for Canada launch events. http://www.microsoft.com/ca... The theme for the launch is 'heroes happen {here}.' I'd like to point out the clever use of 'squiggly brackets' to my friend ET who as a VB developer despises them :) Technorati Tags: VS2008,launch event,squiggly brackets ...
I spent all day (Jan 12, 2008) at what I have to say was the BEST Phillydotnet code camp to date. If you did not read my last blog, if you weren’t at this code camp – you missed out! An unbelievable 48 session, 48 speakers and just about 400 colleagues to talk with!!! A true win win win situation. In other code camps I would jump around from classroom to classroom to ensure I saw the speakers I wanted to hear. Today because Philly Dot Net grouped the course by subject we were able either pick between ...
Most of you who have worked with Visual Studio 2008 would love the fact that it supports multi-targetting i.e. targetting different versions of framework v2.0, v3.0 & v3.5. To give a quick background, earlier versions of Visual Studio were tightly integrated with the framework to give maximum benefit. See the chart below .NET Framework 1.0 Visual Studio .NET 2002 .NET Framework 1.1 Visual Studio .NET 2003 .NET Framework 2.0 Visual Studio 2005 .NET Framework 3.0 Visual Studio 2005 + Workflow Extensions, ...
I have blogged about ASP.NET "Futures" and Dynamic Data Controls in my earlier post. You could create a Data Driven Website very quickly using the "Dynamic Data Website" template that shipped with the ASP.NET "Futures" July 2007 CTP. However, the ASP.NET Extensions 3.5 shipped in December 2007 bundles a bunch of Dynamic Data Controls that are more powerful and offer more extensibility than the ones shipped with the ASP.NET "Futures" July 2007 CTP. Let me clarify a few things here on the releases:- ...
*Moved to: TFS Event Handler RevisitedAs I now have a TFS server in the office and we have Go-Live on 1st February I will be revisiting the TFS Event Handler prototype. I think there is too much work in the main code to get it working, but I should be able to rework the Prototype for Visual Studio 2008 and Team Foundation Server 2008. Hopefully this will not be much work...Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I just noticed this announcement from last month, but if you are doing any Windows Live development you should check out the latest CTP release.The biggest improvement is that the CTP is now compatible with Visual Studio 2008 and the ASP.NET 3.5 Extension Preview. There are a lot of other changes in the CTP so be sure to check out the release notes ...
December 2007 CTP for Windows Live Tools has been released. This release is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview. Please find more information on Windows Live Dev Connect. For Visual Studio 2008 RTM Release and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview, you can use the December 2007 CTP for Windows Live Tools. For details, click here ...
The year has come and gone. We've just completed the celebration of Christmas in our new home with our new daughter -- she's almost one now! Work is still going well. I'm working on the replacement to VisiWatch again after a long departure to work on some internal workflow fixes and changes. I've also made some good headway into eliminating some of the legacy Access databases and I've set SQL Reporting Services although right now it's not doing anything in production mode. We've upgraded some things ...
Today, the CMAP user group will hold their first meeting of 2008. This meeting will be a Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest. If you hadn't registered already, too late, it's already booked up, but feel free to attend the ASP.NET MVC portion of this event. Also, DC ALT.NET is announcing our meeting for January at this event. I will have a writeup of this later on today and post here. Tentatively it is scheduled for January 15th, so sign up at our site and participate! Anyhow, the topic this month is ASP.NET ...
In last article we talked about WPF as a next generation UX development technology from Microsoft. We also talked about declarative programming model it provides through the use of new XML based declarative language “XAML (a.k.a Zammel)”. In this article we’ll be digging deeper in XAML by understanding its usefulness in application development and its principles by writing snippets of code. If someone is not sure of what declarative programming model is, I suggest reading this or searching on web ...
We got an error yesterday that I'd not seen before, when publishing two separate packages. Both of them were created by Visual Studio 2008 instead of our typical Wise/InstallShield packages. The error was "No package in the software installation data in the Active Directory meets this criteria.". A web search found nothing useful on this error; I'd started digging into it to maybe be the first to provide something on it -- but during troubleshooting both packages were published without error. MSI ...
In case you haven't heard, Microsoft is providing a free Visual Studio 2008 and Framework 3.5 training kit at their download center here Overview The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application ...
I just signed up the Philly.net Code camp. Did you? There are only 400 seats available! Here are the details: Our first installment of the 2008 Code Camp series will be held at the DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA on Saturday, January 12 from 8:00-5:30. Please register on our web site.-->Detailed directions are on the DeVry web site. Lots of code, just say no to slides! 9 hours 48 sessions (8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00) 8 tracks 400 seats with tables (laptops welcome) Free breakfast, ...
Update: I posted an updated version which doesn't use JavaScript. See here. One of the first things I often do when I create a new Silverlight application is to make it self resizing. This is not very difficult, because thanks to the goodness of WPF (of which Silverlight is a subset), resizing a scene only involves one simple operation: a ScaleTransform. This transform applies to a panel (in this case the top Canvas) and to all its children. Using a ScaleTransform, all the distances (dimensions, ...
This is something that is totally cool. You can use Visual Studio 2008 and a lot of the new functionality and cross compile it to .NET 2.0 and run it on the older framework. For Example, You can use Var objects, Simple Property Declarations, Property Constructors, Lambda expressions Here's an example program that can be compiled with VS 2008 to the .NET 2.0 framework static class Program { private class Client { public string Name { get; set; } public string Address { get; set; } } private static ...
A big thanks goes out to Chris Koenig and the Tulsa DNUG for hosting the Tulsa InstallFest on 12/3/2007. Several of us from Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group traveled over there and participated in the fun. A big shoutout to Jay Smith for volunteering and driving us over there. Both Jay and I helped Chris register people for the event and I enjoyed getting to see some people I haven't seen in a while from the Tulsa DNUG. Whatever Chris Koenig says about his drumming skills in Rock Band, DON'T BELIEVE ...
The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management. http://www.microsoft.com/ ...
If you are doing any work with any of the following technologies: LINQ, .NET 3.5 (C# 3.0, VB 9) WCF WPF WF CardSpace Silverlight ASP.NET Ajax .NET Compact Framework 3.5 VSTO 3.5 Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server You should download the free Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit (125MB). The training kit contains 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos ...
Now that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework v3.5 have shipped, you may have noticed that Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 2.0 and Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 3.0 also shipped at the same time. Both are automatically installed with .NET Framework v3.5, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 they are available as a standalone update. Daniel Moth has an excellent post that describes what is actually in the service packs. Here is the ...
I just came across this post by Travis Illig, one of the Subtext developers, that brings up an interesting issue with FxCop 1.35. Apparently, FxCop 1.35 uses the Office 2003 spell checker for the spelling rules. If you don't have Office 2003 (and it must be Office 2003) installed, the spell check rules will fail. Travis isn't the first person to document this problem. This problem is known and will be fixed in newer versions of FxCop. Visual Studio 2008 code analysis tools have spelling rules built ...
There has been much going on with the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group(RV.NUG) of late. Here's a quick update of upcoming events, mark your calendars and save these dates! Vist www.rvnug.org for more information. If you'd like to keep up with all events in the Mid-atlantic region visit the CommunityMegaphone (site sponsored by the Microsoft mid-Atlantic Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie... aka .NET DevHammer) January 10, 2008 - 6:00 pm - Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and ...
Let's start the WPF Learning Series of articles with definition and analysis of two terms which are used interchangeably when thinking of and working on Human Computer Interaction. User Interface (UI) vs User Experience (UX) We’ve been seeing and using software for decades. Though the purpose of computer and software is still the same today when comparing to the past but the way we interact with computers today has dramatically changed the way it used to be in the past. Having a look back at 1970's, ...
By now you've attended an InstallFest and picked up a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 Pro, or perhaps you've just downloaded trial edition. Either way, it's time to get up to speed using the free Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit. It covers many of the new features in LINQ, C# 3.0, AJAX, WCF, WPF, and Silverlight ...
New features of Visual Studio 2008 are captured at  http://geekswithblogs.net/Sreeblog/articles/117728.aspx
Thanks to all who came out to see the BI talk given by Fred last night and a special thanks to the folks at TEKSystems for providing our pizza! Lots of cool prizes were given out last night including a full version of Visual Studio 2008 Professional courtesy of Chris Craft from the Pee-Dee Area .NET User Group and our Microsoft DE Brian Hitney - thanks guys ...
I just got back from the Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Indianapolis. Dave Bost from Microsoft was on hand with some awesome prizes from the source. I won a IndyTechFest polo shirt. There was Xbox360 to be had, awesome catered food (lasagna, salad, cake!), and some good networking. There were also open-mic style code demos. Topics included: - Syndication services - Unit testing - Javascript debugger in VS2008 - Code metrics - System.HashSet - System.AddIns I twittered from the event and took some ...
With the recent announcement of WSS/MOSS SP1 and AJAX support, I decided to relook at the Visual Studio 2008 integration again. Sure enough I was surprised to find that Jan Tielens has been working on making it easy once again to develop web parts using templates. Smart Templates has been put up on CodePlex in order to create more SharePoint project types than are currently available. This includes only Web Parts at the current time. The web part template allows you to do the following: Create web ...
Is this even a supported configuration? Right now mine's not working but I haven't given up yet. I previously had Visual Studio 2005 installed with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK's (both professional and standard) and everything works fine there. Just yesterday installed Visual Studio 2008 and went to look at the Smart Device templates and only the Windows Mobile 5 stuff is there. No problem I figured - maybe just need to re-install the SDK's now that I have VS 2008 so they can be integrated. Did that ...
If you're in Columbia, SC today, drop by our event and pick up a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional! Meeting Summary When: December 12th, 2007 @ 6:00 PM Where: Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium Who: Glen Gordon What: Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest Agenda 6:00 Pizza and Networking 6:30 Install VS 2008! 8:30 Closing Notes Practice your Halo, Glen’s bringing the Xbox. You must be present to receive a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional. Quantities of Visual Studio 2008 Professional are limited ...
WOW!! That was fun! The room was packed with 50 people and their machines loading Visual Studio 2008 while Joe Healy (www.devfish.net) talked about various Visual Studio Features. People started arriving at 5PM with Ed Hil from DeVry checking identiies and dna samples. Up to 6:30 PM only the 1st 50 on the list who showed up with a machine got a copy. During this time we kept a list of people as they arrived and the order they arrived in. At 6:30 we opened it up and had just enough copies for everyone! ...
Instead of trying to come up with my own text (yes, I'm that lazy sometimes!) I'll just "borrow" the text about this event from Chris Love's blog. Before I do though I'll add that I too will be presenting at this event. I haven't decided exactly what yet but I know it'll be VB 2008 centric. Ok, here's the text from Chris's blog post: "Next week, December 12th, the Triangle .NET User Group will be holding an Installfest for Visual Studio 2008. Each Registered attendee, and I stressed registered attendee, ...
For those of you who read the previous post you will have noticed some of my questions were answered by helpful commenters. The first thing that was mentioned is that you can install as many of the express versions as you wish. What you really give up here is the ability to have just one Visual Studio environment that looks the same for all of your projects. For the moment I can live with that. So I installed the Web Edition and found a couple of surprising items. The toolbox actually included AJAX ...
Technorati Tags: ClickOnce,MAGE,Microsoft,.net 3.5 A few days ago I wrote about issues I was having with Mage and click once. Basically, I was always getting the following when I'd try to install the click once application: PLATFORM VERSION INFO Windows : 5.2.3790.131072 (Win32NT) Common Language Runtime : 2.0.50727.1433 System.Deployment.dll : 2.0.50727.1433 (REDBITS.050727-1400) mscorwks.dll : 2.0.50727.1433 (REDBITS.050727-1400) dfdll.dll : 2.0.50727.1433 (REDBITS.050727-1400) dfshim.dll : 2.0.50727.1433 ...
Microsoft is releasing on Wednesday a technology preview of its Volta Web developer toolset, which is intended to make it easier to build multitier Web applications, including applications useful in SaaS (software as a service) environments. With Volta, developers can use C#, Visual Basic, IronPython, or other .Net languages that utilize .Net libraries and tools, Microsoft said. But taking advantage of Volta requires the newly released Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 toolset because Volta will not work ...

It's Here!! The Entity Framework Beta 3 and Entity Framework Tools CTP 2 have released. Both of these releases now run on top of the Visual Studio 2008 RTM.

For more info... including breaking changes, features, etc. check out the ADO.NET Team blog post.

Well, I blogged about Visual Studio 2008 and have just started a series on Whats new in Visual Studio 2008 for Web Developers. However, I also wanted to write on ASP.NET 3.5 which is released along with .NET 3.5. ASP.NET 3.5 has the following key features Built-in ASP.NET AJAX - System.Web.Extensions has the version 3.5.0.0 and yes it can happily co-exist with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 with System.Web.Exntesions version 1.0.61025.0 which works well with ASP.NET 2.0 List View Server Control a Databound control ...
Well, I did a webcast as well on the exact topic as the post title, but quickly to get started, Visual Studio 2008 offers a world of benefits to Web Developers as I have mentioned in the earlier posts. The first thing that you would notice is probably the Split View Designer. One of the coolest things about Visual Studio 2008 is that it provides Split View Designer which kind of allows you to chose to see both the HTML Markup as well the Design at the same time. There is a history behind this and ...
Geek Speak on LINQ to SQL December 5th Despite some technical difficulties on my end, Lynn Langit and Mike Benkovich, from the MSDN team co-hosted my appearance on an excellent web cast today. We gave a good introduction into the basics of LINQ to SQL. This feature of Visual Studio 2008 and the new .NET Framework 3.5 provides and elegant way for us to retrieve data and hydrate usable objects from the database. Here are some links you can look at now. Look for another post in a day or so for where ...
Greetings from snowy, beautiful Washington, DC where it takes the average person three hours to get into work. Seems that when people come across frozen bridges, the first idea people get is to step on the brakes. WHY??? Anyhow, that's a rant for another day. The here and now focus is Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. With the projects I've been doing lately, I haven't had the luxury to completely switch over to Visual Studio 2008 just yet. There are a few things holding me back: BizTalk 2006 R2 integration ...
How about scoring a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 Pro? If you're interested head on over to Brian Hitney's blog for the full details....a pretty good deal if you ask me! :)
Are you kidding me! I need to add COM components to my toolbox in Visual Studio 2008 but hey I can't because there is no freaking components tab. If I view all the tabs I can see the components tab but then all the items in that tab are disabled. I am using Web Application for this purpose. It seems like Visual Studio.NET 2008 is impressed by Windows Vista where their philosophy is "Hide Everything!". I am still not able to add my custom activeX componets to my custom tab or to the components tab. ...
Anyone using XML in .NET projects is probably aware of the several options available for working with XML within the .NET Framework (which I will tell you up front - I am a huge fan, nay, a cheerleader for .NET). .NET provides a full set of classes to work with XML data and XML schemas. With the release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 there are several new ways to work with XML using LINQ and many improvements to working with XML schemas (Intellisense support, etc). The last few projects I did ...
The recent release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Fx 3.5 is causing some confusion. Microsoft released these two technologies together for good reason. The wonderful new LinQ technologies introduced in .Net 3.5 rely on explicit compiler-level support, and therefore require LinQ aware compilers in Visual Studio. The new version of visual Studio provides these compilers, allowing developers to take advantage of the new monadic syntax. In addition, Visual Studio has several new features designed to ...
I no longer work for a company that readily supplies me with MSDN software so I have to get Visual Studio for myself this time around. To that end I figured I would investigate the Express Edition. The first thing I noticed is the separation of project types. You can only do Windows or Web applications. You can't do both. I was wondering if the "search online templates" in the Create Project dialog might give some more options, but this lead to nowhere. The next step I am looking at is if you can ...
Now that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 have officially shipped, it's time to start looking at the additional products and tools that build on top of that foundation. Scott Guthrie has an excellent post that details the roadmap for the Web related products. The biggest announcement is that the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions will have it's first public preview available sometime next week. If you don't know what the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions are, here is the list (taken from Scott's post): ASP.NET MVC: This ...