Tuesday, August 12, 2008

VS2008 and .Net 3.5 SP1 released

Today Microsoft released the RTM of Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.

What a great milestone! Hopefully this signals a new level of maturity and stability in these two technologies. Some organisations that I have associated with have been somewhat reticent to embrace .Net 3.5 as it is still perceived as too bleeding edge.

That aside, .Net Framework 3.5 has a great uptake in developer participation due to the exciting new framework and language features that it introduces. There is great buzz in the development community around MVC, Linq-To-Sql, Dynamic Data, Lamba expressions, ASP.Net AJAX, support for Astoria, ASP.Net Entity Framework, partial methods and so on. The speed at which these new technologies and frameworks are appearing is very rapid. What's more is that these features have led to whole new areas of application and platform design options that are easier to implement, reuse and maintain.

I believe this is a really exciting time to be involved in using these tools to develop applications. It reinvigorates the community.

What changes in SP1 do you think will be most beneficial to you?

.Net 3.5 SP1 Overview
ASP.Net Debugging

Combined Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
.Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (no VS2008 SP1)

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Patrick Smacchia said...

Here is a complete list of .NET Fx 3.5 SP1 changes compare to .NET Fx 3.5.

1.393 new public methods,
79 new public types,
6.384 methods where code was changed

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