Visual Studio 2013 and Browser Link

Where I work, we have now moved our main development to VS2013 and .net 4.5.

After upgrading all the projects to use .net 4.5.1, MVC to V5, and getting a successful build, it was time to run the application.

Started the application, and at first glance the application appeared to work. But navigating through the site, we soon noticed that everything just appeared to run slower. So first thing was to open up FireBug, and instantly found the following calls in the Console, executing approximately every 2 seconds


All I could think of was WTF, I am not using SignalR in this application, why are there what I thought was so many calls to SignalR? In case you are wondering how I thought about SignalR, contained within the URL is the text arterySignalR.

One of the new Features of Visual Studio 2013 is Browser Link, more information on it can be found here, But the first paragraph from the link is:

Browser Link is a new feature in Visual Studio 2013 that creates a communication channel between the development environment and one or more web browsers. You can use Browser Link to refresh your web application in several browsers at once, which is useful for cross-browser testing.

I went and found some more posts on it, and it does look like a great little utility, but after discussing it with my team, we decided that for now, we will be disabling it, its just making everything too slow.


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