What are the new features in Visual Studios 2008?

Is VS2008 worth the upgrade from VS2005?
In: Tech.Info-Tech Asked by: ObamaFan Dec 14, 2007 - 106 Months Ago.  Viewed 9052 times

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As a Web developer, my favorite feature is the split screen form editor in VS2008! Plus improved Javascript support, it's worth upgrading if you're a web developer.

As a Windows Forms developer, I haven't noticed many changes.
Answered by: imisd - 100 Months Ago.
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Visual Studio 2008 brings a new language feature, LINQ, new versions of C# and Visual Basic languages, a Windows Presentation Foundation visual designer, and improvements to the .NET Framework. It also features a new HTML/CSS editor influenced by Microsoft Expression Web. Visual Studio 2008 requires .NET Framework 3.5 but also supports multi-targeting which lets the developers choose the version of the .NET Framework (out of 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, Silverlight CoreCLR or .NET Compact Framework)

Visual Studio 2008 includes new code analysis tools, including the new Code Metrics tool. Visual Studio 2008 features a XAML based designer, workflow designer, LINQ to SQL designer (for defining the type mappings and object encapsulation for SQL data), XSLT debugger, JavaScript Intellisense support, JavaScript Debugging support, support for UAC manifests, a concurrent build system, among others. It also ships with an enhanced set of UI widgets, both for WinForms and WPF. It also includes a multithreaded build engine to compile multiple source files (and build the executable file) in a project across different threads simultaneously.

The Visual Studio debugger includes features targeting easier debugging of multi-threaded applications. In debugging mode, in the Threads window, which lists all the threads, hovering over a thread will display the stack trace of that thread in tooltips.. The threads can directly be named and flagged for easier identification from that window itself. In addition, in the code window, along with indicating the location of the currently executing instruction in the current thread, the currently executing instructions in other threads are also pointed out. The Visual Studio debugger supports integrated debugging of the .NET Framework 3.5 BCL. It can dynamically download the BCL source code and debug symbols and allow stepping into the BCL source during debugging.
Answered by: Doug - 106 Months Ago.
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