As we work our way ever closer to the impending release of Visual Studio 2008, more and more elements in the Microsoft information arsenal keep appearing on the Visual Studio Developer Center, currently under the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 heading. During my most recent visit, here are a few items I saw that may interest developers pondering their future where Visual Studio 2008 is concerned:
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- There are numerous introductory pieces, including a collection of useful introduction and setup essentials, as well as a general introduction to the Visual Studio and .NET Framework environments.
- Developers will get useful information from the application development overview as well as the coverage on technologies and tools available in this new Visual Studio environment.
- Language support includes ample coverage of Visual Basic and Visual C#, as well as Visual C++ and Jscript.
- You'll also find documents on Visual Web Developer, the Visual Studio Team System, Visual Studio Tools for Office, and even coverage on Crystal Reports, programming for Windows Server features, and an Application Verifier.
- Visual SourceSafe Coverage has been updated for Visual Studio 2008.
- Finally, there's even a glossary of Visual Studio and .NET Framework terminology. This is a great resource for those new to Visual Studio, or who want to scan the lexicon to see what's new and changed since Visual Studio 2005 came along.
Of greatest interest to developers interested in making the most of Visual Studio, however, will be the Visual Studio SDK document store, which keeps getting bumps and tweaks over time. In addition to the basic Visual Studio Software Development Kit itself, you'll find information about numerous other SDK elements, including mechanisms for building products that run inside or extend the Visual Studio 2008 IDE (Visual Studio Development Environment SDK), numerous domain-specific language tools to create your own visual designers for specific problem domains (Domain-Specific Language Tools), and a peachy SDK Reference that delivers a ton of reference data about VSPackage development.
If you haven't checked this terrific library out lately, and you're interested in Visual Studio 2008 features and functions, you owe it to yourself to take a tour of what's available soon.
Ed Tittel is a writer and trainer whose interests include XML and development topics, along with IT Certification and information security. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions, or suggested topics or tools to review. Cool tools rule!