Nov 23, 2007

Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5 Released!

Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 have been released to manufacturing (19 Nov 2007)

According to Scott Guthrie indicated that source code for the .NET Framework 3.5 will be released in October shortly after the framework itself is available.

Good news to be announced that Microsoft announced two Visual Studio 2008 licensing changes.

One, solutions built with the Visual Studio 2008 SDK (Software Development Kit) will not be limited to Windows or other Microsoft platforms, as they had been limited in the past.

Two, Premier-level VSIP partners can view Visual Studio 2008 source code for debugging purposes and see how their VS extensions are interacting with Visual Studio itself.

New Released Visual Studio 2008 Highlights include:

  • Multi-targeting .NET Framework features.
  • Language Intergrated Query (LINQ) which embeds queries for entities, collections, datasets, objects and XML within .NET programming language. Besides, New integrated features are LINQ syntax checking and schema checking.
  • ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio Tools for Office, which were previously available as downloadable add-ins to Visual Studio, are included with VS 2008.
  • Smarter Intellisense for Javascript Debugger includes:
    * VS 2008 JavaScript Intellisense
    * VS 2008 JavaScript Debugging
    * VS 2008 ASP.NET AJAX Control Extender Support
    * VS 2008 JavaScript Intellisense for Silverlight
  • The .NET Framework 3.0 libraries have been updated, with a Windows Communication Foundation designer, WCF support for RSS and REST and better interaction between WCF and Windows Workflow Foundation among the improvements.
  • Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation server also received a refresh.These features include support for SharePoint 2007.New code analysis rules and check-in policies, better support for testing Ajax applications and continuous integration of builds.
  • Visual Web Designer intergrated with CSS supports and split screen view.

More detail can be read in blog entries:Visual Studio 2008 still be part of the "marketing launch" at the end of Feb, 2008, along with
Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

MSDN subscribers can download Visual Studio and download the .NET Framework 3.5 today.

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