Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 An Insiders Personal View
By now you will have heard that Visual Studio 2008 was made available to MSDN subscribers in November 2007 and will be broadly available in February 2008. If you are not an MSDN subscriber you can still download a 90-day trial of Visual Studio 2008. After that, if you decide to purchase you will be able to upgrade in-place by entering your product key.
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…First, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Previous releases of Visual Studio were aligned and tied to a specifi c version of the .NET Framework, which itself was aligned with and tied to the Common Language Runtime (CLR) engine (Figure 1):
In 2006 Microsoft broke the mould by releasing .NET Framework v3.0, but crucially it did not release a new version of the CLR or new versions of the language compilers or a brand new version of Visual Studio. .NET Framework v3.0 comprises of four technologies: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workfl ow Foundation (WF) and Windows CardSpace.
Also in 2006, Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System were released, which both are development platforms in their own right. So developers have been looking for a refreshed toolset to properly address those three “platforms”. That is exactly the gap that VS2008 fi lls by offering premier support for .NET Framework v3.0, Windows Vista and Offi ce 2007. A select list of new features for NET Framework v3.0 in VS2008 is: new WPF designer, ClickOnce and XBAP deployment to FireFox, WCF support for an HTTP SOAP-less programming model, syndication support, partial trust for services and JSON serialisation. There is also integration of WF and WCF both with the new Send/Receive activities and also through a new WorkflowServiceHost class.
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