352 Inc. / Digital Marketing / December 14th, 2007

Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Recommends 2005 for ASP

I’ve had a chance to use Visual Studio to do some cake development and there have been a few surprises.  I expected performance to improve, but I can’t say I’m seeing it.  If anything it’s slower.  Web pages and user controls have a very noticeable delay in opening them.  The delay is just long enough to be noticeable and annoying.  But a bigger surprise is what has been done with Classic ASP support.  Being optimistic I loaded a Classic ASP site and was hoping to see some improved intellisense, instead I found what I thought was a bug.  There was absolutely no markup on the server side code.  Between script blocks was just plain black text… Thinking something was corrupt, broken, or I simply did something wrong I did some investigating and found the following:

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=290845

“We are depcrecting VB Script colorization and intellisense support in Visual Studio 2008. We recommend to customers to use VS 2005 or VWD 2005 to edit VB Script. Those products can be installed on the same machine as VS 2008 without any issues.”

I have heard of solutions being ‘upgrade’ but never downgrade…