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First look at Visual Studio 2010
The VS 2010 CTP is out!!! It's very timing - the CTP was released for public download just one day before PDC 2008. Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of developer tools. If you want to know the key innovations in this new release, please visit the official overview from Microsoft. This CTP is available only as a Virtual PC image, which can be downloaded here. Please note this VPC image requires Virtual PC 2007 SP1. If you haven't upgraded your VPC to SP1 yet, ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2008 4:20 PM

My experience of VS 2008 SP1 installation: not so smooth
The release of VS 2008 SP1 last week was a bliss for .NET developers. Many professionals shared their installation experience on their blogs. Very few of them had a lot of troubles getting the long awaited service pack up and running, despite the lengthy process of the installation. My personal experience was not terribly painful as I anticipated, but it didn't go very well in the beginning either. This has nothing to do the setup package but has everything to do with the beta stuff I had on my box. ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 1:27 AM

Clean up KB944899 before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta was released a few weeks ago. If the installation on your computer failed with a "fatal error" message in the summary dialog, you may want to check to see if the KB944899 for VS 2008 was already installed. This patch was released by Microsoft as a hotfix roll-up to solve a number of slow response issues with VS 2008 and VWD 2008. The error message is not displayed immediately after you start the installation. Instead, it is displayed at the end of the 20-minute installation ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 1:06 AM

Enable the Visual Studio 2008 support for SQL Server 2008
The SQL Server 2008 CTPs came out after Visual Studio 2008 was released. There's a compatibility issue when you try to open a database connection to SQL 2008 from the VS 2008 designer tool. You may receive the following error message: “This server version is not supported. Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 are supported.” This happens when you select the the server, the database, and then click on "Add" to create the database connection. Fortunately, Microsoft released a CTP to address ......

Posted On Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:26 PM

ADO.Net Entity Framework Tools Dec 07 CTP requires Visual Studio 2008 Patch KB945282
Last weekend I blogged about creating ADO.NET Data Service with the help of of Entity Framework Tools CTP. I do hope you had a good luck installing this tool but I just realized that I forgot to share with you my experience of the installation. The first time I tried to install it on my machine, I got the warning dialog saying the installation requires a patch for Visual Studio 2008. You need to stop the installation of Entity Framework tools and apply this patch first. It can be downloaded patch ......

Posted On Friday, March 14, 2008 1:05 AM

Hot fixes for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008
If you ever encountered any of the problems with Visual Studio 2008 listed below, you might want to apply the latest path to your VS 2008. Bugs in HTML Source View performance • In Visual Studio 2008, you have a page that contains an ActiveX control. The ActiveX control has more than two levels of subproperties. When you type inside the page, the source editor stops responding for several seconds. • The View Code command in Visual Studio 2008 is not available for a long time. • When you open large ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 12:16 PM

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