Microsoft published Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta on 03-Dec-2010. To download click here.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The fourth minor release of jQuery 1.4 is now available — less than one month after 1.4.3 was released.
Unsurprisingly, version 1.4.4 is primarily a set of bug fixes following feedback from the user community. There is only one new feature…
The .fadeToggle() method provides fade-in and fade-out animation. If an element is visible, it’s opacity is reduced and, when it reaches zero, the display property is set to none so the element disappears from the page layout.
Calling .fadeToggle() on an invisible element (where display:none is set) makes the item visible and fades it back in.
Major bug fixes
If you’ve been struggling to make your code work, you’ll be pleased to know that the following issues have been fixed:
- The .width() and .height() of hidden elements are reported correctly (in some situations, previous versions would return negative values). This is likely to be the cause of most 1.4.3 to 1.4.4 update compatibility issues.
- Host and protocol names are now compared case-insensitively when determining whether an Ajax request is local or remote.
- Computed CSS for elements now returns “auto” consistently rather than an empty string.
- A function bound to the document ready event will now fire once (it was firing twice).
- The .removeData() failure has been fixed.
- The attribute not equals selector ([foo!=bar]) now works in Firefox.
- Child (>), next sibling (+), and previous sibling (~) selectors now work when combined with pseudo-selectors (such as :last).
- .show() will not fail if .hide() was initially called on a hidden element.
Grab jQuery 1.4.4 from:
- Uncompressed version (179kB) –
- Minified version (26kB gzipped / 76kB non-gzipped) –
- Microsoft CDN –
- jQuery 1.4.4 documentation –
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta helps you solve specific business needs by enabling you to quickly create professional-quality business applications, regardless of your development skills. LightSwitch is a new addition to the Visual Studio family. Visit this page often to learn more about this exciting product.
Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta will be available on August 23.
You can find introduction to LightSwitch video here.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- The ASP.NET Development Server that comes built-into Visual Studio
- The IIS Web Server that comes built-into Windows
IIS Express will work with VS 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, will run on Windows XP and higher systems, does not require an administrator account, and does not require any code changes to use. You will be able to take advantage of it with all types of ASP.NET applications, and it enables you to develop using a full IIS 7.x feature-set.
How Things Work Today
IIS Express – The Best of Both Options
- It’s lightweight and easy to install (less than 10Mb download and a super quick install)
- It does not require an administrator account to run/debug applications from Visual Studio
- It enables a full web-server feature set – including SSL, URL Rewrite, Media Support, and all other IIS 7.x modules
- It supports and enables the same extensibility model and web.config file settings that IIS 7.x support
- It can be installed side-by-side with the full IIS web server as well as the ASP.NET Development Server (they do not conflict at all)
- It works on Windows XP and higher operating systems – giving you a full IIS 7.x developer feature-set on all OS platforms
Two cool things to notice above:
IIS Developer Express: A lightweight web-server that is simple to setup, free, works with all versions of Windows, and is compatible with the full IIS 7.5.
SQL Server Compact Edition: A lightweight file-based database that is simple to setup, free, can be embedded within your ASP.NET applications, supports low-cost hosting environments, and enables databases to be optionally migrated to SQL Server.
ASP.NET “Razor”: A new view-engine option for ASP.NET that enables a code-focused templating syntax optimized around HTML generation. You can use “Razor” to easily embed VB or C# within HTML. It’s syntax is easy to write, simple to learn, and works with any text editor.
Microsoft introduces a new lightweight web development tool that also integrates the above technologies, and makes it even easier for people to get started with web development using ASP.NET. This tool is free, provides core coding and database support, integrates with an open source web application gallery, and includes support to easily publish/deploy sites and applications to web hosting providers.
What is in WebMatrix?
WebMatrix is a 15MB download (50MB if you don’t have .NET 4 installed) and is quick to install.
The 15MB download includes a lightweight development tool, IIS Express, SQL Compact Edition, and a set of ASP.NET extensions that enable you to build standalone ASP.NET Pages using the new Razor syntax, as well as a set of easy to use database and HTML helpers for performing common web-tasks. WebMatrix can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express.
Note: Razor support within ASP.NET MVC applications is not included in this first beta of WebMatrix – it will instead show up later this month in a separate ASP.NET MVC Preview - which will also include Visual Studio tooling support for it.
For more information please visit http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/07/06/introducing-webmatrix.aspx
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Scott Guthrie did a blog post that covers a very small, but still useful, feature of VS 2010 – the ability to “pin” projects and solutions to both the Windows 7 taskbar as well VS 2010 Start Page.
Here is the nice blog by Tomas Petricek on developing MVC web applications in F# using ASP.NET. http://tomasp.net/blog/fsharp-mvc-web.aspx
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The first maintenance release for jQuery UI 1.8 is out. This update brings a bunch of fixes to Autocomplete and a few fixes to other plugins. For the full list of changes, see the changelog. You can download it here:
- Development Bundle: http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/files/jquery-ui-1.8.1.zip
- Themes Package: http://jquery-ui.googlecode.com/files/jquery-ui-themes-1.8.1.zip
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Quickly interpret your code: The new code editor makes it easy to zoom in on your code, highlight method references, and overlay powerful features.
Create rich user experiences: Use new visual designers for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight™ to target Windows® 7 and the Web.
Customize Visual Studio to fit your style: Key IDE enhancements–including support for multiple monitors and improved readability–that make the familiar environment even more productive.
Use your existing skills: SharePoint development, including tooling for Web Parts, Lists, Workflows, Events and more, bring great new customized collaboration tools to your company.
MSDN subscriptions: With Visual Studio 2010 MSDN subscriptions, you have access to specified servers and clients for development and test purposes, in addition to all the other MSDN subscription benefits such as support resources, Windows® Azure™ compute hours, learning tools, and high quality information resources.
Database Development Made Easy (Premium): Apply the same life-cycle tools to your database code and your application code. This includes offline development of database schema, use of source code control to persist versioned schema information, participation in Agile methodologies and use of the associated work items.
Identify Test Impact from Code Changes (Premium): Test Impact Analysis provides a list of recommended tests to run after code changes are made. Developers know immediately which tests are impacted by a given change and testers know which tests to run to verify a given build.
Understand Existing Architectures (Ultimate): The Architecture Explorer and UML sequence diagrams help you explore and understand your existing code assets and their inter-dependencies.
IntelliTrace™ Eliminates ‘No Repro’ (Ultimate): Easily step through code that was previously executed on the same or another machine in order to identify what happened during the code execution and significantly cut down on time spent reproducing a bug.
Prototype Ideas Quickly (Ultimate): With Sketch Flow in Expression Studio you can quickly deliver a functioning prototype that looks and feels like handwritten mock-ups.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
1 - Generating Sequence Diagrams To Inspect And Document control flow
Another cool feature in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to generate Sequence diagrams. You may right click inside a method and select “Generate the sequence diagram” from the pop up menu, to generate the diagram. In this example, you may see that my SubmitOrder method in OrderViewModel class is instantiating an OrderServiceClient, to call AddOrderAsync method inside the same.
2 - Architecture Explorer
A cool addition in VS2010 is the Architecture Explorer (Click View->Architecture Explorer). The Architecture Explorer will provide you a very friendly interface to browse through and navigate to your solution assets. You can right click on an item (Namespace, Class Name, or Class Member etc) and select ‘View Content’ to navigate to the definition as well.
Also, you can export the selected items to a graph document from the Architecture explorer. You can do this by selecting the members, and clicking the ‘Create new graph document’ button (in top left corner) of the Architecture Explorer. Let me export some of the members in my OrderViewModel class, and have a look at the generated graph. You can also use the graph document to understand your code members in a better way, to analyze circular references, un referenced nodes etc (see the image below.)
3 – Code Navigators
Visual Studio 2010 has a number of useful code navigators. A simple yet useful code navigation/identification feature is ‘Highlight Reference’ - you can double click on any member to view the references highlighted, and can navigate across references using the Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down arrows.
Another cool code navigator is the ‘Navigate To’ window. You can use ‘Navigate To’ to search code members quickly when you work with the editor.
You can bring up the “Navigate To” window using the shortcut Ctrl , (press Ctrl and comma). You can search by any term, and you can even search using camel case. See that I’m searching for ‘OV’, to get a list of all code members following the OV convention.
Another cool code navigation feature in Visual Studio 2010 is the ‘Call Hierarchy’ window. You may right click any member to bring up the popup menu, to select ‘Find All References’ to bring up the call hierarchy window. So, next time when you change a method, you can have a look at where all you are going to impact. You can also view all overrides of your method, if you have any.
4 – Pinning Data Tips While Debugging
When you are debugging, you can pin variable values, so that they’ll be there for you to see later.
Also, you can even enter comments for a pinned data tip, so that you can view the comment later.
VS 2010 has also got a tone of other Debugger Enhancements, read about them from Scott Gu’s blog if you are interested.
5 - Consume First Development
Visual Studio is so smart that it can stub your classes, members etc on the go, when you type the code. For example, assume that you have a customer class, and you thought it should have a new method while doing something. You can just type the member name (method, property etc), rest your mouse on top of the tiny blue line under your new method to bring up the popup menu.
Click that, and you’ll see VS stubbing the method for you, as shown below. Note that VS has inferred the parameter type.
You can do that with constructors, properties, method overloads etc as well. That is super cool, especially if you are a TDD guy.
6 – Extension Manager for downloading and installing plugins
The Extension Manager in Visual Studio 2010 will allow you to download and install cool plug-ins for your VS IDE. You can bring up the extension manager window by clicking Tools->Extension Manager. Extension Manager will connect to Visual Studio 2010 online Extension library, and you can search and find cool plug-ins there.
Once installed, you may also Disable or Uninstall your plug-ins from the extensions manager.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Scott Guthrie did a blog post that talks about a bunch of small, but really nice, new VS 2010 debugger features: Click here to view.
- Breakpoint Labels
- Importing/Exporting Breakpoints
- Pinned DataTips
- See the Value from Last Debug Session (Great Code Editor Feature)
- Importing/Exporting Pinned DataTips
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Microsoft launched its Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 globally, including in India on 12-Apr-2010.
"Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process, enabling developers to build new platforms and build high-quality applications," S Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corportion said delivering the keynote address at the TechED 2010, a technology conclave which commenced in Bangalore.
Microsoft's top 50 partners have also made available products and solutions based on its latest wave of developer technologies, he said.
Somasegar said with .NET Framework four client profile, the runtime has been decreased by over 80 per cent.
Direct Download Links of Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2010 Professional Trial
Visual Studio 2010 Premium Trial
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Trial
Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010
Visual Studio 2010 Express Direct
After downloading the VS 2010 ISO images you can do any of the following things
- Burn it to blank CD/DVD using CD/DVD burning software, In Windows 7, you can ISO Burner tool.
- Open and copy ISO image files and their contents to a local folder using extracting tools, like WinZIP, WinRAR and 7Zip.
- Virtually mount and access ISO image as a device.
All Visual Studio 2010 TRIAL editions are free for 90 days. After 30 days, you must register the product to obtain a free key which extends the trial to an additional 60 days.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The final release of jQuery UI 1.8 with 5 new plugins, 1 new effect, and hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.
We’ve worked extremely hard to make jQuery UI lighter and more modular with an even more flexible and extensible core. Now it’s even easier to build your own widgets or extend ours, whether you use the jQuery UI Widget Factory, the jQuery UI CSS Framework, or both. This release is a collective effort spanning more than 9 months with contributions from hundreds of developers, designers, testers and users. We thank you for all your help and support. And we even get personal (we’ll name names!) at the end of this post.
Note: There are significant (and in some cases breaking) changes in this release. If you currently use or develop jQuery UI plugins be sure to consult both the Changelog andUpgrade Guide for full details on these changes and their impact.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The final release of ASP.NET MVC 2 is now available for VS 2008/Visual Web Developer 2008 Express with ASP.NET 3.5. You can download and install it from the following locations:
- Download ASP.NET MVC 2 using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer
- Download ASP.NET MVC 2 from the Download Center
ASP.NET MVC 2 Features
ASP.NET MVC 2 adds a bunch of new capabilities and features. I’ve started a blog series about some of the new features, and will be covering them in more depth in the weeks ahead. Some of the new features and capabilities include:
- New Strongly Typed HTML Helpers
- Enhanced Model Validation support across both server and client
- Auto-Scaffold UI Helpers with Template Customization
- Support for splitting up large applications into “Areas”
- Asynchronous Controllers support that enables long running tasks in parallel
- Support for rendering sub-sections of a page/site using Html.RenderAction
- Lots of new helper functions, utilities, and API enhancements
- Improved Visual Studio tooling support
Monday, March 8, 2010
Microsoft released VS 2010 RC patches to fix following issues
- Patch that fixes crashes with Tooltip invocation and when hovering over identifiers
- Patch that fixes issues with the Web Forms designer not correctly adding controls to the auto-generated designer files
- Common Cause of Intellisense and IDE sluggishness on Windows XP, Vista, Win Server 2003/2008 systems
- Improved Text Rendering with WPF 4 and VS 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
jQuery 1.4.2 is out on February 19th, 2010. This is the second minor release on top of jQuery 1.4, fixing some outstanding bugs from the 1.4 release and landing some nice improvements. There were a total of 40 tickets closed in this minor release.
In this release we’ve added two new methods: .delegate() and .undelegate(). These methods serve as complements to the existing .live() and .die() methods in jQuery. They simplify the process of watching for specific events from a certain root within the document.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Microsoft has released Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 to all MSDN subscribers on February 8th 2010 and will be made available to the world on Wednesday, February 10th. The RC includes a go-live license for people who want to deploy in their production environment.
Please click here to download.
Visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd441784.aspx for release candidate walkthroughs.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
jQuery 1.4.1 is now out! This is the first bug fix release on top of jQuery 1.4, fixing some outstanding bugs from the 1.4 release and touching up some gaps in the API.
A full list of the API changes can be found in the 1.4.1 category on the jQuery API site.
- .live(“focus”) and .live(“blur”) now work – mapping to .live(“focusin”) and .live(“focusout”). (Documentation, Ticket)
- .live(“hover”) now exists, mapping to .live(“mouseenter mouseleave”). (Documentation, Ticket)
- It’s now possible to bind multiple event types with live. (Documentation, Ticket)
- Calling .die() (with no arguments) removes all bound live event handlers. (Documentation, Ticket)
- .height( function ) and .width( function ) now exist. (Height Documentation, Width Documentation, Ticket)
- jQuery.error has been exposed, to be used by plugin developers to provide informative user feedback. (Documentation, Ticket)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In a very small announcement by Developer Division’s Marketing and Communications Manager Rob Caron, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 is set to be officially launched April 12, 2010 and not March 22 as previously announced. However, the date for release to manufacturing (RTM) still remains unknown.
Historically, RTM for Visual Studio has been months ahead of the official launch. Visual Studio 2008 as an example was RTM November 19 2007, but officially launched February 27 2008, 3 months later.
Scott Guthrie reported late last year that Visual Studio 2010 is postponed because of performance issues found in Beta 2 and revealed plans for an intermediate release in February:
…we plan to make a Release Candidate build available in February that everyone will be able to download and test. It will be a public build and include a broad “go live” license that supports production deployment.
Taking into account that the official release date is now April 12 and the RC is in February, the date difference between the official release and the RTM is probably much closer than for previous releases of Visual Studio.
What’s New in jQuery 1.4?
The code base has been heavily restructured to reduce complexity and increase performance. There are some impressive bar charts on jquery14.com which highlight how good the optimizations are.
207 bugs have been fixed and the framework now passes 100% of all tests in IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5, Safari 3.2, Safari 4, Opera 10.10, and Chrome.
There is a substantial number of new methods and two new events: focusin and focusout. These are equivalent to focus and blur, but they implement an event bubbling-like technique (focus and blur do not normally bubble)
What Will Break If You Upgrade?
The jQuery team has provided a list of the most likely problems. I suspect the following issues will cause the most confusion:
1. jQuery() returns an empty set
In previous versions of the library, running jQuery() (no arguments) returned jQuery(document). It now returns an empty set, although the jQuery().ready() event will still fire as expected.
2. Ajax requests must use valid JSON
If you’re passing JSON data in Ajax calls, you must ensure it’s not malformed.jQuery now use the browser’s native JSON.parser in preference to eval when possible.
3. jQuery.browser returns the engine version
If you’re sniffing for browsers, jQuery.browser now returns the rendering engine version rather than a specific browser type, e.g. “webkit” rather than “chrome”.
I mentioned how difficult user agent parsing had become in a previous post. The jQuery developers have reduced complexity and increased speed by simplifying the returned information.
Although jQuery still supports browser-like detection, I strongly recommend you avoid it and use feature/object detection instead.