Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta
The blogs are abuzz this morning after the first beta release of the VS2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1. Download it here.
In my opinion, this isn’t a service pack—this is a new version!
There are quite a few bug fixes (what you normally associate with a service pack), but also a huge list of new additions and improvements.
Traditionally our service packs address a range of issues found both through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing. While this service pack holds true to that theme and delivers updates for these types of issues, it also builds on the tremendous value that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 deliver today and enables an improved developer experience by adding a number of additional components that cover a range of highly requested customer features. For example, the service pack is the first release for Visual Studio 2008 that delivers full support for SQL Server 2008 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
I’ve posted a few links at the end of the post to the more extensive sources right now, take a look and get ready for the plunge.
So, what am I most excited about?
- ADO.NET Entity Framework – I’m hoping that the “real” release motivates Oracle to develop provides for the entity framework and my dream of LINQ-esque connections to Oracle will be realized.
- ASP.NET Routing Engine – As the MVC framework gets closer to a production reality, it’s very motivating to see the underpinnings already in place.
- VS2008 Performance Improvements – Anything has to be an improvement. :(
- LINQ Debug Support – Very nice, love seeing the generated SQL right there at debug time.
There are also lots of updates to WCF and WPF. Hopefully this summer I’ll have more time to use these .NET 3.0 technologies and maybe be a bit more excited. ;)
Visual Studio 2008 GUI/Tools
The Web Developer Tools team has released a comprehensive list of designer bug fixes, IIS templates and modules, formatting changes, intellisense upgrades, and more on their blog.
MVC and URL Routing
Phil Haack details the effects of the URL routing changes on the MVC Preview releases as well as how it affects the upcoming Preview 3.
ScottGu, as always does an excellent job tying everything up together—designer, framework, and tooling.
Now, if ReSharper 4.0 would EVER get to RTW before we’re ready to VS2009, it’d be super!