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Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 available.

Al Pascual, February 11, 2008
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Well Microsoft calls it Roll up instead of Service Pack 1. You can download it from here.There are many fixes for VS 2008. The more important ones that developers experienced: I believe that&#...

Problems Installing SQL Server 2008 After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1? Make Sure You've Updated or Uninstalled Visual Web Developer!

Scott on Writing, August 15, 2008
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Certain features of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 require Visual Studio 2008 SP1. If VS 2008 SP1 is not installed the SQL Server installation will abort with the following error message: "A previous rele...

Setup project dependency bug in Visual Studio IDE

Clarity Blogs: ASP.NET, February 1, 2007
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Arrgh! Perhaps the most irritating project scenario I can imagine: Today is a "Build Day", so you're fired up to deploy your sweet new code... Hmm, I wonder if the client will buy us "Sweet Baby ...

Setting the Tab Order with Visual Studio 2005

Thom Robbins .NET Weblog, June 8, 2006
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Tab order is used to determine which control gets focus and can accept keyboard input. Its called tab order because you can change focus from control to control using the TAB key in a Windows form or...

Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code

Shawn Burkes Blog, January 16, 2008
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It's finally here - the launch of the .NET Reference Source project.  This post (hopefully!) contains everything you need to know.  Over the past few weeks, we ran a pilot of this feature an...

Error When Installing Visual Studio 2005 SP1: "The installation source for this product is not available."

Scott on Writing, January 15, 2007
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I installed Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 today on my main development box (Windows 2003 Server) and ran into the following error: The installation source for this product is not available. Verify...

Using .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2005

Charles Young, December 1, 2007
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The recent release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Fx 3.5 is causing some confusion. The problem is that by tying the release of .NET 3.5 to Visual Studio 2008, the impression is given that, unless yo...

How to deploy the Crystal Reports 2008 Basic Runtime

Guy Barrettes WebLog, April 24, 2008
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If you created reports using Visual Studio 2008 and Crystal Reports 2008 Basic (the one included with VS) and you want to deploy your app on a server, you'll also need to deploy the CR runtime.  ...

Annoying Visual Studio Add Existing Project Behavior Solved

Steven Smith, March 15, 2006
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Using Visual Studio 2005, I set up a new solution the other day with a bunch of projects.  The folder structure looks something like this: /Solution/Solution/Project1/Solution/Project2/Solution/P...

Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcut Tip: Ctrl+-

Scott on Writing, November 24, 2008
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I learned this Visual Studio keyboard shortcut from a client a couple of months ago. I use it several times a day now. Typing the Ctrl key and - (the minus key) returns you to the previous cursor loc...

Visual Studio 2008 Plug Ins

Bill Evjens Blog, March 11, 2008
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I was looking at the site Visual Studio Gallery at what was available as plug-ins for the new VS2008. Here are some that I know are cool and others that looked rather promising: PowerCommands for VS2...

Visual Studio: Difference between Build and Rebuild

Peter Brombergs UnBlog, December 20, 2007
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Believe it or not, I was never sure about this until this morning when another dev and I were discussing it. So, I searched the web and found the answer:   Build means compile and link only the s...

Create a Tabbed MDI using child forms

the telerik blogs, October 2, 2008
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If you are developing applications for Windows it is almost certain that you have incorporated the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) at some point. This is where you have a parent form that acts as th...

Adding Toolkit Components to your Toolbox

Shawn Burkes Blog, July 12, 2006
Views: 5,829 | Hits 118

This post should be under the category "you learn something new every day".  First, some background.  In my earlier years here at MS as a developer, one of the things I wrote was the VS To...

Debugging Classic ASP Application in Visual Studio.Net

ASP.NET Daily Articles, May 29, 2005
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Lots of us had difficulties to set up true debugging environment to debug classic ASP applications using Microsoft Visual Interdev 6 and lots of us used Response. Write to debug instead. With Visual S...

Visual Studio Debugging Slowness - Solved

Eric Gunnersons C# Compendium, April 22, 2005
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My debugger had gotten slow recently. Really slow. Slow as in the "takes 20 seconds to hit a breakpoint" slow. After conversing with some of the debugger devs, it was discovered that there was an i...

Tabbed or MDI Interface in Visual Studio 2005

Rick Strahls WebLog, November 19, 2005
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 If you’re anything like me, you probably fire up VS.NET daily and just leave most of the myriad of configuration settings untouched. With VS 2005 just out and – well shall we say it ...

Visual Studio 2008 Slow In Design Mode

The ASPx Blog, January 18, 2008
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Using the ASPxGridView in the Visual Studio 2008 ASPX markup is slower than it should be due to an issue in the Visual Studio 2008 Intellisense. We've reported it to Microsoft and they've sent...

Unrecognized tag prefix or device filter 'asp'

Steven Smith, August 29, 2006
Views: 5,585 | Hits 14

This error was bugging me today so I finally went searching for an answer.  I found it here. The short version – if you’re using nested master pages and you’re seeing all of you...

Top 15 Things to love about Visual Studio 2008 Express

Dan Fernandezs Blog, November 19, 2007
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Visual Studio Express 2008 is now available for download!!   Our new Web site is!   Below are my top 15 things to love about Visual Studio Express 15. ...

ReportViewer with nested tables

Williams .Net Zone, February 21, 2009
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Sometimes you may need a report that can not be done easily with standard grouping in a table. Say you want to a repeatable data region that is repeated by an outer group, but contains two other table...

Updated 101 VB and C# samples using Visual Studio 2005 Now Available

Dan Fernandezs Blog, April 26, 2006
Views: 5,111 | Hits 110

Link: 101 Samples There's a lot new in the .NET Framework 2.0 and one of the toughest things we had to do was decide which features to show off. Here's 101 samples to get you started.   Base...

The Project XXX could not be opened because the Microsoft Visual C# 2008 compiler could not be created

Peter Brombergs UnBlog, October 19, 2007
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If you have any experience installing Microsoft Beta or CTP offerings, then uninstalling to make way for a newer version, then with Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) the above may be somewhat familiar. Surpr...

Home-brew Your Own Instant Messenger App with Visual Studio .NET

DevX: .NET Feed, May 11, 2005
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Learn .NET network programming by writing your own chat application, and in the process, create a slick client-server application that supports simultaneous conversations with multiple clients....

IIS Express Error: "Could not determine which version of ASP.NET Web Pages to use"

Chris Love's Official Blog - Professional ASP.NET, August 16, 2012
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Have you updated to the latest Visual Studio yet? I upgraded to the release version of Visual Studio 2012, which I hope many of you have had the opportunity to do or will in the near future. I do a lo...

Visual Studio 2008 - Install Problems and Solutions

Glavs Blog, November 22, 2007
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Ok, maybe this has already been blogged about in various places, but I am going to list my steps that were required for me to get Visual Studio 2008 to install properly under Vista. My previous situat...

Visual Studio Tip: Creating Your Own Code Snippets

the telerik blogs, September 11, 2008
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I recently blogged about using code snippets as a shortcut to writing more code in less time. In this post, I'm going to walk you through the steps to create custom snippets that you can install into ...

Run Cassini as Root Web within Visual Studio

Steven Smith, July 26, 2006
Views: 4,743 | Hits 281

Ive been fighting with differences in folder paths between production and dev (via Cassini / WebDevServer) for a while now and stumbled upon this forum topic today and gave it a shot.  The forum ...

Device platform not found

The Moth, April 30, 2006
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Recently I opened a VS2005 Smart Device project that I was assured worked for others, only to face an error message box:---------------------------Microsoft Visual Studio---------------------------Err...

An item placeholder must be specified on ListView - VS2008 RTM

Andreas Kraus: C#, ASP.NET, SEO, November 23, 2007
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This errors pops up as soon as you switched from Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 to Visual Studio 2008 RTM. Here’s the exact error:System.InvalidOperationException: An item placeholder must be specified on ...

How to disable optimizations when debugging Reference Source

Shawn Burkes Blog, January 29, 2008
Views: 4,499 | Hits 9

When you debug code in the .NET Framework using the newly available Reference Source functionality in VS 2008, you may notice that many variables are not available for inspection. This is because ...

You receive a "Proxy authentication required" error message when you try to use Visual Studio 2005 online features :: Visual Studio 2005, December 1, 2005
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910804 ... You receive a "Proxy authentication required" error message when you try to use Visual Studio 2005 online featuresThis RSS feed provided by to subscribe....

Visual Studio 2005 ASP.NET Web Deployment Projects

Steven Smith, March 16, 2006
Views: 4,458 | Hits 22

ASP.NET now supports something called Web Deployment Projects, which are an add-in for Visual Studio 2005 that is currently still in beta.  You can download the installer from here: http://msdn.m...

WPF/XBAP IOException: Cannot locate resource app.xaml

Clarity Blogs: ASP.NET, June 24, 2008
Views: 4,411 | Hits 15

I'm working on an XBAP project where deploying it involves publishing it as a ClickOnce manifest using Visual Studio 2008's publishing features. I'm working with the RTM version Visual Stu...

Writing a Visual Studio 2005 / 2008 plugin to support Interfaces

Al Pascual, November 19, 2007
Views: 4,385 | Hits 138

Planning to write a plugin for VS 2005 and VS 2008 to support interfaces implementations for old COM libraries. Its a pain to find out what interfaces implement different classes and COM objects. So g...

VS 2010 WPF UI

Guy Barrettes WebLog, February 28, 2009
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Jason Zander (General Manager, Visual Studio, Developer Division) published some info and screenshots of the new VS 2010 WPF UI:

Visual Studio Break When Exception Thrown

Steven Smith, July 7, 2008
Views: 4,354 | Hits 7

By default, Visual Studio will only break when an exception is unhandled in user code.  This is often some distance from where the actual exception took place, as several try...catch blocks migh...

Vibrant Ink Theme for Visual Studio

Signs on the Sand, June 18, 2007
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John Lam ported Textmate's Vibrant Ink theme to Visual Studio. Get it here. Awesome. Note that toolbar buttons are nowhere to be seen. I noticed that while I'm only barely use toolbar, it s...

Video of WCF and Workflow in Visual Studio 2008

Federal Developer Weblog, June 17, 2007
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I just viewed a great, almost all demo presentation (recorded video) of building Windows Communication Foundation and Workflow Foundation applications in Visual Studio 2008 (code name: "Orcas").&nbs...

Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

Dan Fernandezs Blog, June 1, 2007
Views: 4,324 | Hits 100

While Im not a lawyer, my team owns Visual Studio Express and I wanted to respond to the concerns expressed by some over our recent communications with Jamie Cansdale of TestDriven.NET. TestDriven.NET...

Free Download: Visual Source Safe 2005 Update for Visual Studio 2008

Federal Developer Weblog, December 17, 2007
Views: 4,240 | Hits 164

Microsoft has released an "update" to fix several issues (see list here), but more importantly it addresses some compatibility issues with Visual Studio 2008.  I found out this release ...

How to Chain TFS Builds?

Clarity Blogs: ASP.NET, August 5, 2009
Views: 4,221 | Hits 20

  One of my colleagues @gdurzi recently asked me this question. Sounds straightforward enough to be supported out of the box with TFS right? Too many quirks with this. And I recommended usin...

Download the Free C# Code Snippet Libraries for Visual Studio 2005

MSDN Just Published, February 23, 2006
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Get the full set of C# Code Snippets for using within Visual Studio 2005 to have reusable, task-oriented blocks of code that you can easily paste into your development projects....

Visual Studio Dual Monitor Support

Vault of Thoughts, May 11, 2007
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For a long time now I have been working with only one monitor. For a developer it poses some difficulties like lots of overlapping windows. Without even really knowing how it is rea...

Debugging SharePoint Timer Jobs

<Rolog>, October 11, 2007
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Before I begin, I'd like to point out Andrew Connell's blog entry on creating custom SharePoint timer jobs. It's an excellent starting point. The process of debugging the timer job is stra...

Best Practices: Visual Studio .NET Project Naming Standards

Radical Development, January 23, 2010
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If you have not adopted a best practice when it comes to naming your solution and projects within Visual Studio .NET, I urge you to take a moment a think about this subject. As anyone will tell you be...

What's new for Crystal Reports in Visual Studio 2008?

Julia Lerman Blog - Dont Be Iffy..., November 21, 2007
Views: 4,063 | Hits 354

Okay I'm just going to torture you and make you click over here to read the answer.... [A New DevLife Post] ...

Creating a Crosstab Report in Visual Studio 2005 Using Crystal Reports - The #1 ASP.NET Community, October 19, 2006
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This tutorial describes the various steps in generating a cross-tab report using the Crystal Report elements that are integrated with the Visual Studio 2005 default installation....

Missing .designer Files

Clarity Blogs: ASP.NET, September 27, 2008
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I found an interesting blog post that helped ease some problems I was having in an ASP.Net web application I am working on.  The original post can be found here:

KB963676 fixes Visual Studio 2008 SP1 crash on Vista x64

Jeffrey Palermo, March 3, 2009
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I blogged earlier about VS 2008 SP1 crashing silently when pulling up a web form or master page designer. KB963676 is what I have been waiting for.  It was made public just last Thursday on 2/26/...