Things I Hate: Visual Studio 2003 Design View: Brian gives us a nice, solid rant on the utter incompetence of Visual Studio’s Design View when working on Web forms.
I’m at the point where I absolutely DO NOT use design view. Ever. Which sucks, of course, since deciphering the available properties on controls is often nearly impossible, especially when dealing with third-party controls that have lots of design-time properties. My approach now is to always have a throw away tester page — drop your control onto it, fiddle with properties until you have what you want, copy the source and paste it into the real page, then clean up the code as necessary.
I don’t care for VS much at all really. If not for the project building and references, I’d just code in EditPlus, and I often do if I’m working on a Web form without code-behind.
Brian is a .Net ninja, so it’s good to hear that he thinks this part of VS sucks as much as I think it does.