Friday, May 23, 2008

TypelibBuilder.exe Crashes & Javascript Intellisense

Edited: Read an update on getting a resolution to this issue at:

Edited: Read the final update on this issue:

I've been fairly happy with VS 2008; however, one feature which has never worked right for me is javascript intellisense. It seemed that no matter what I did, as soon as I dropped a ScriptManager on a page, or added an external reference, I'd get a windows error dialog popup telling me TypelibBuilder has crashed.

After searching around and trying some of the suggested solutions which were all from the beta version of VS. I still had the error. I filled an issue on Microsoft Connect, and after some time, was contact by a Microsoft Developer. By the way this developer gave me some of the best support I've ever had from a third party so hats of to you :-).

The underlying issue appears to be a conflict between the biometric software called DigitalPersona and TypeLibBuilder. Nothing has been confirmed but if your having the same issue, and you have a process called DPAgent.exe. Kill the process and your javascript intellisense will probally start working again.

There is no patch available yet; however, I will update this post once one is available. Hopefuly this post will help save you the months of annoyance and frustration. If it did leave a comment, I'm interested to know how many people might be impacted by this.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Microsoft Expression Professional Subscription

Microsoft recently announced the RTM of Expression Studio 2, and a new way to buy Expression via a Professional Subscription which appears simillar to MSDN. What I find interesting is what they include with this license:

  • Expression® Studio
  • Visual Studio® Standard
  • Office Standard
  • Office Visio® Professional
  • Windows® XP
  • Windows Vista® Business Edition
  • Virtual PC
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac
  • Pre-configured virtualized server environments

I think it is good that they are embracing the Macintosh platform by including Parallels, at the very least this is a good business decision on their part. The thing I find the most interesting is that they are including a license for Windows XP.