In keeping up with what's going on at Microsoft where Visual Studio is concerned, I often resort to Kent Sharkey's Letters to the Editor (Kent is the Visual Studio Content Strategist for MSDN, so he's usually worth reading). His latest missive talks about the Community Technical Preview, or CTP, releases of Visual Studio (formerly code-named Whidbey, now known as Visual Studio 2005). Those who do belong to MSDN will find more information at the Visual Studio 2005 Developer Center online. Access to the CTP is restricted to the following groups: "...people who attended the PDC/VSLive/MDC, MSDN Universal subscribers, people who participated in our alpha, MVPs, and regional directors. We are still figuring out availability for beta and previews beyond beta, but the goal is to make it easy for anyone to be part of the Whidbey pre-RTM process." (quoted from Visual Studio 2005 Community Technology Preview March 2004)
Nevertheless, plenty of information about VS 2005 is available through the Developer Center, including:
- An MSDN TV broadcast about Generic APIs in the MS .NET Framework 2.0.
- Information about MSBuild, the new Microsoft Build engine in VS 2005.
- Access to CTP newsgroups, where you can see in detail what's going on inside VS 2005.
- CTP readme file, which explains system requirements, document gotchas, and includes all kinds of device-related information.
- Another pointer to the MS Developer tools roadmap (mentioned also in an earlier tip).
- Status reports on the CTP from the Common Language Runtime and the Windows Forms teams working on VS 2005.
- Pointers to RSS feeds on various aspects of VS 2005, including some great resources and info.
- A grab bag of interesting pointers and pages under the general heading of Other Resources for Visual Studio 2005.
As somebody with an often insatiable curiosity about what's next, I found the various new features and functions, improvements and enhancements coverage to be the most interesting. If you dig around in here, you'll be sure to find some interesting stuff, too!
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