Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released

Visual Studio 2008 has finally come out of the BETA tag and has RTMed! Alongwith the release of VS 2008, .NET 3.5 has also been released. Not only meant for professional developers alone, Visual Studio 2008 also comes in Express Editions that are available for FREE. The products can be downloaded here.

I have been running VS 2008 BETA 2 for sometime and it has been simply wonderful. the best feature in VS 2008 has got to be multi-targetting that enables VS 2008 to target .NET 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5 development. Not only that, VS 2008 can also be used to develop Silverlight applications.

However, as a community person the feature that is killer for me is support for developing Web 2.0 applications that is included in VS 2008. This includes:

  1. AJAX Support
  2. JavaScript Intellisense
  3. JSON Support
  4. RSS and ATOM support

The above capabilities are enough to develop all the Web 2.0 applications and in fact i have used VS 2008 to develop a facebook application for reporting Traffic Violations (still under development). you can reach the facebook application here.

The rest the releases namely Windows Server 2008 and SQL server 2008 would be coming in the first quarter of 2008.

Read the release announcement here.

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