Friday, February 06, 2009

Mobile Web Forms in Visual Studio 2008

I recently discovered that Visual Studio 2008 dropped support for ASP.NET mobile. You can create ASP.NET websites, of course, but try adding a mobile web form or mobile user control - these item templates are no longer there.

Omar Khan wrote a post for Visual Web Developer Team blog which describes a workaround but doesn't explain why this happened in the first place. One big problem with that workaround is that you can't download it due to a broken link.

I found that one way to solve the problem is to copy mobile item templates from Visual Studio 2005 (assuming you still have it installed) to a special folder where VS 2008 will look for user item templates. Here's the detailed how-to:

1) Find item templates in VS 2005 folder:

2) Find user item templates folder:

3) Copy,, and to that folder

4) Restart VS 2008. Mobile web items now appear in the "Add New Item" dialog under "My Templates":

One problem still remains: VS 2008 designer doesn't display mobile forms and controls. This isn't a major issue for me because I hardly ever use the designer.

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