Mon, June 4, 2007, 07:02 AM under Orcas
When Visual Studio 2008 (formerly Visual Studio codename "Orcas") ships in FY08, we will also get other elements of the stack. Below is the opening slide I use at Orcas
The main points are that the CLR engine is the same version
(so no need to retest your apps) and that the headline feature is the language enhancements (C#3 & VB9 compilers) and LINQ
The VS2008 IDE is not as big a jump as it was when going from VS.NET2003 to VS2005 and it includes all of today's SDKs out of the box
and also a simple yet sweet feature: multitargeting
inc. the ability to use new language features from .NET 2.0
projects. FYI, I usually do a demo of new IDE features that lasts 15 minutes (inc. aesthetics
, VB intellisense
, embedding manifests
and new Office templates
). Given that VS2008 is a superset of VS2005, there is little point in having both of them installed on the same machine, but it is possible – we support side-by-side at the IDE level.
So that is the IDE, languages and CLR in a nutshell. How about .NET Framework v3.5? For that you'll have to see my blog post tomorrow.