One feature in Visual Studio 2008 I would like to highlight is our support of Windows Communication Foundation. WCF was introduced with .NET Fx3.0 as a next generation communications API. Previously if you wanted apps to talk you needed to make a lot of up-front decisions:
o How important is transmission speed?o How will apps talk?
A common requirement in forms-over-data applications is that users be able to search by any combination of fields to construct a dynamic query at run time. For example, the search feature in this application allows the user to find all records that meet criteria defined on multiple columns:
I just posted another great interview on Channel 9 with Young Joo talking about LINQ to SQL and the new O/R Designer in Visual Studio 2008. He demos a typical business client-server scenario and shows how LINQ to SQL classes make it much easier to work with relational data in SQL Server 2005.
Well, I’m back from vacation, pleasantly tired and yet relaxed at the same time. I’m busy trying to dig out of e-mail, things are going well, Beta2 has been in your hands for several weeks, and I’ve got lots of great ideas to try out on this site.
In case you didn’t see the links go live on the Visual Basic Developer Center the VB Off-Cycle team has shipped the latest edition of the Power Pack controls. You can download them from here. In this update we’ve added the much anticipated Line and Shape controls.
I just posted an interview with Lisa on Channel9 that you’ll probably want to check out — showing the new and much much imporoved Intellisense for Visual Basic in Visual Studio 2008: In this interview Lisa Feigenbaum, a Program Manager on the Visual Basic Editor,
Bill Burrows has created a series of videos to help get the community started with LINQ to XML in Visual Basic! These videos were created in conjunction with his upcoming MSDN article that will be published soon. Bill takes an easy to follow, step-by-step approach to explaining the details in this exciting new technology in Visual Basic 9.0. He walks us through creating an Excel spreadsheet from an RSS feed of homes for sale using the Windows Live Expo service.
I just posted an interview with Scott on Channel9 where he talks about extension methods, a new language feature in Visual Basic 9.0: In this in interview Scott Wisniewski, a Developer on the Visual Basic Team, talks about Extension Methods and shows us a couple interesting LINQ providers.
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