Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005 has been great product. So many enhancement from previous product VS.NET 2003. First thing I found from using this since beta version is its IntelliSense that is already appeared "almost" everywhere and relatively faster compare to VS.NET 2003. ASP.NET enhancement is another large enhancement. If you found irritating with Front Page Extensions in VS.NET 2003, that some (if not most) times can't open another or already created Web Application. Now in VS20005, the web application is the folder itself. Although with some consequences, like you add one item inside the folder, it will become part of the solution file. To exclude file, VS2005 add extension to the file with .exclude. Another enhancement is its MSBuild. In ASP.NET, every folder inside web application can be compiled seperately as different assembly. Although with some consequences too, like you can't reference another ASPX (class) inside another folder. I know there's a workaround for this, but so far, it's still very difficult to do. Maybe someone want to comment here. Using partial class file, instead of, inheritance, in code behind model, enable you to change code behind file (.cs), without recompiling to view the result. Because of that, when you press F5 (compile) in VS2005, the term is now changing to "Validate Web Site", instead of "Compile". So many other great enhancements, that can't be elaborated in one night typing. Haha..

Ok, just want to sharing this. After installing VS2005 in some machine. I found some error that can occur in some condition. So far quit critical one is these two:

VS2005 close/crash when accessing datasource in Report Project.
In event view, you will see: .NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.42 - Fatal Execution Engine Error (7A05E2B3) (80131506). Step to recover from this is to repair your .NET Framework. Simply click .NET Framework installer, and choose repair. But I see in some other forums, error can remain.

The Visual Studio Template is out of date.
If you face problem regarding template in VS2005, mostly when you want to create new project or new item inside project, no item can be chosen from the New File dialogue. Just see the event viewer, solution for this: regenerate the templates by running 'devenv /installvstemplates' (remember to run from Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt) or reinstalling Visual Studio (if no other choice).


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