Long awaited Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison is published. It is very detailed and it could be helpful when choosing right product for your needs.
.NET source code was promised to be open a while ago and now this is fact. Shawn Burke posted on his blog steps to enable it.
Here are basic ones:
- Install the Visual Studio 2008 QFE. (If you get an error installing the Hotfix , try inserting your VS 2008 DVD and then running the Hotfix EXE again. the work in this is in progress)
- Start Visual Studio 2008 and bring up Tools > Options > Debugging > General. If you are running under the Visual Basic Profile, you will need to check the box on the lower left of the Options Dialog marked "Show All Settings" before continuing (other profiles won't have this option).
Set the following two settings:
- Turn OFF the "Enable Just My Code" setting
- Turn ON the "Enable Source Server Support" setting
Next, bring up the "Symbols" Page and set the symbols download URL and a cache location. Specifically, set the three settings below:
- Set the symbol file location to be: http://referencesource.microsoft.com/symbols
- Set a cache location. Make sure this is a location that your account has read/write access to. A good option for this is to place this path somewhere under your user hive (e.g. d:\cache\vs2008\symbols)
- Enable the "Search the above locations only when symbols are loaded manually" option.
(via Shawn's blog)
And this is it....Enjoy!
Read the full blog post at Shawn's blog
ADO.NET Data Services aka Project "Astoria" December CTP is released. Mike Flasko (PM @ Astora team) posted some key points:
The following features are in this CTP:
- Support to create ADO.NET Data Services backed by:
- A relational database by leveraging the Entity Framework.
- Any data source (file, web service, custom store, application logic layer, etc)
Business Logic & Validation
- Industry standard AtomPub serialization
- JSON serialization
- Insert custom business/validation logic into the Request/response processing pipeline
- simple infrastructure to build custom access policy
Simple HTTP interface
- Easily control the resources viewable from a data service
- Any platform with an HTTP stack can easily consume a data service
- Designed to leverage HTTP semantics and infrastructure already deployed at large
- .NET Framework
- ASP.NET AJAX
- Silverlight (coming soon)
For more information see ADO.NET Data Services official site.
Feature specifications are posted on MSDN so everyone who is interested how to write specifications or how looks like specifications inside Microsoft can take a look at Feature Specifications for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 in MSDN. All documents are in XPS format.
I've just read ScottGu's blog post (from an hour ago) where he announces that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released as well as many many links for info about new IDE version.
You can download (90-days free trial edition) of:
I guess MS bandwidth will be filled in next days ;)
If you've played with C# 3.0 and LINQ you might feel bored with good old .NET 2.0 projects. But wait! There is a way to use LINQ to Objects in .NET 2.0 projects. LINQBridge makes this possible. But how?
First, it's important to understand that C# 3.0 and Framework 3.5 are designed to work with CLR 2.0-the same CLR version that Framework 2.0 uses. This means that the C# 3.0 compiler emits IL code that runs on the same virtual machine as before.
This makes Framework 3.5 additive-just as Framework 3.0 was additive-comprising additional assemblies that enhance the existing 2.0 Framework and CLR. So there's nothing to stop us from writing our own assemblies that do the work of Framework 3.5 (at least, the critical bits required for local LINQ queries).
Can I use LINQBridge with C# 2.0 and Studio 2005?
You can-but the query operators will be awkward to use without lambda expressions, extension methods, query syntax, etc.
More info you can find at LINQBridge official page as well as source code. Thanks to Joe Albahari!
As we learned that we will be able to work on Visual Studio 2008 RTM starting from next month it is time to start providing useful resources and links :)
Here is poster with .NET 3.5 Namespaces (download PDF - 986 KB)
Also here is how technologies are added to .NET
via Brad Adams blog and Paul Andrew blog
Just read Marto Kulov's blog post:
Somasegar just announced that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 will be out this November.
This is awesome. I am looking forward using this VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 RTM.
Sounds somehow normal as last days blogging space has been very quite
Scott Guthrie posted a great compilation of links to his blog regarding Visual Studio 2008 features. Here is the list (cross-posted):
ASP.NET in .NET 3.5:
LINQ to SQL:
New Language Features:
Scott, Thank you for all this educational and interesting info :)