New Features of Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

[update 15/11/7 to add JScript syntax checking, JSON-Enabled WCF, MFC Vista Common Controls links]

Here's a roundup of some links to great blogs and articles about the new stuff coming soon in "Orcas".  You'll notice that the links are dominated by the blogs of Scott, Daniel and Soma but that's because they all make great reading!

General “what’s new articles”

An Overview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 White Paper
Feature Specifications for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5
S. Somasegar (Soma) and Scott Guthrie on Orcas Beta 2: What's in it? (Video)
What's new in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 from busy developer's perspective
VS 2008 Performance Improvements
What's new with Visual Studio 2008 Express editions?

Visual Studio IDE/Shell/Projects/Debugging/Profiling

VS 2008 Multi-Targeting Support
Integrated debugging into the .NET Framework source code
Visual Studio 2008 Shell
MSBuild new features
Code Analysis Features in VS 2008
Debugging and Profiling Features in VS 2008
Multi-threaded Debugging in Visual Studio 2008

Web Development

VS 2008 Support to Treat HTML, CSS and JScript Validation issues as warnings instead of errors
VS 2008 Nested Master Page Support
Video: Using LINQ with ASP.NET in VS "Orcas" (Part 1)
VS 2008 JavaScript Intellisense
JScript Syntax Check
VS 2008 - Integrated SQL Express publishing for web developers
ASP.NET enhancements in VS2008 and .NET FX3.5
JSON-Enabled WCF Services support

C# 3.0

New C# "Orcas" Language Features: Automatic Properties, Object Initializers, and Collection Initializers
New "Orcas" Language Feature: Lambda Expressions
C# 3.0 : Anonymous Types
Being more productive with C# 3.0

VB.NET 9.0

VB "Orcas" What's new Web Cast
Type inference in Visual Basic 2008
Lambda Expressions

VB.NET 9.0 and C# 3.0

New "Orcas" Language Feature: Extension Methods

Visual C++

VC++ Performance Improvements in VS 2008
What's New in Visual C++ 2008
MFC updates for Vista Common Controls

CLR and Base Class Library (BCL)

CLR Addins
What’s new in the .Net Framework 3.5 (Orcas)
New Library Classes in "Orcas"
Get Connected With The .NET Framework 3.5 (System.Net changes)

WPF and Windows Forms

NET FX 3.5 B2 Released! What's new in WPF?

LINQ Resources
ScottGu on LINQ to SQL:

Part 1: Introduction to LINQ to SQL
Part 2: Defining our Data Model Classes
Part 3: Querying our Database
Part 4: Updating our Database
Part 5: Binding UI using the ASP:LinqDataSource Control
Part 6: Retrieving Data Using Stored Procedures
Part 7: Updating our Database using Stored Procedures
Part 8: Executing Custom SQL Expressions
Part 9 LINQ to SQL (Part 9 - Using a Custom LINQ Expression with the <asp:LinqDatasource> control)


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