Visual Studio 2008 Express Free

Nov 30, 2007

Microsoft announced on Nov 19, 2007 the availability of Visual Studio 2008.  It also made available to the public a free version of the developer tools.  Check out the following links to obtain your free copy of these tools.

The Visual Web Developer version includes a significantly improved HTML web designer also used in Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft Expression Web.

Visual Studio 2008 Released

Nov 30, 2007

On November 19, 2007, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008.  Scott Guthrie outlines some of the Visual Studio 2008 key features.

Some reasons on why you may want to upgrade.

Key VS 2008 Features

  • Full tool support in VS 2008 for WF, WCF, and WPF
  • Target builds for .Net 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5
  • Java Script intellisense and richer Java Script debugging
  • Nested ASP.Net master pages
  • Continued support for web site and web application project models
  • ASP.NET AJAX support
  • ASP.NET 3.5 ListView control
  • LINQ (language integrated query) support
  • Intellisense code editing improvements

Key .Net 3.5 Features

  • LINQ support
  • ASP.NET AJAX
  • New WCF Protocols (including AJAX, JSON, REST, POX, RSS, ATOM, and several new WS-* standards)
  • New base class library features

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How To Install a Web Application for a Site with a Specific Port

Apr 10, 2007

MSI installation projects created in Visual Studio 2003 allowed the setting of a PORT value. This port value would be used to search the IIS sites and install the web application by default on the first site that corresponded to the specific port.

Users migrating from Visual Studio 2003 to Visual Studio 2005 have found that support for the PORT property has been removed and there are few technical options available to solve this problem.

This article outlines how using Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and a command line and MSI custom actions to install a web application on a site configured for a specific port.

After an update to VS 2008, I see no options that resolves this in VS 2008 either.

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