Visual Studio 2008 was released today to Microsoft Partners and MSDN Subscribers. Below are a few links you may find useful:
- What’s New in Visual Studio Team System
- What’s New in the .NET Framework Version 3.5
- What’s New in Visual C# 3.0
- What’s New in Data (LINQ)
Personally, I’ve been using the Orcas beta 1 & 2 virtual PC images for a while now. Though, it was limited to the Professional version not Team Systems (TS). There are several posts out there describing some of the nice new TS features such as code metrics, and profiling.
Some of the things I like about the new features include:
Visual Studio 2008 (Overall)
Improved load time and responsiveness. It’s much faster!
More unit test oriented
New “Object Test Bench” to test objects without the need to do a build and run.
Visual Studio 2008 (ASP.NET IDE)
Improved HTML editor
Improved CSS editor
Most of C# 3.0’s new features are either productivity–related or were added to support LINQ.
LINQ to XML — I actually used LINQ to XML in a project and loved it! It eliminated the need for any verbose serialization classes or tedious XPath. Once the XML Team finishes LINQ to XSD it will be even better.
LINQ to SQL — LINQ to SQL eliminates a lot of pain involved in data access, and gives the developer a lot of power and flexibility.