Quick Start: Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide

This Learning Guide links to helpful resources for developers and architects who want to get started with Visual Studio 2008.

Visual Studio is the latest version of Microsoft's flagship IDE. Along with it comes the .NET Framework 3.5, new...

versions of Visual Basic and C#, a data query model known as LINQ, improvements to the .NET Framework technologies that were released alongside Windows Vista, and out-of-the-box access to ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Since there is so much for developers and architects to absorb from the release of VS 2008, we present this Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide while the product remains in beta. Here we offer an introduction to the language, performance, testing and data management improvements in VS 2008.

Check back often for updates to this Learning Guide, especially as the software leaves beta and reaches general release. And feel free to send your favorite Visual Studio 2008 resources.


  •   Visual Studio 2008 Quick Start
  •   Visual Studio 2008 Tips and Tutorials
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and LINQ
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Basic 2008
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and C# 3.0
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and Multi-targeting
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and Data Access
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Architecture
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and Smart Client Development
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and Web Development
  •   Visual Studio 2008 and JavaScript IntelliSense
  •   Visual Studio 2008 Testing and Debugging
  •   Visual Studio 2008 Products and Plug-ins

Visual Studio 2008 Quick Start

This section offers a quick look at the new features and functionality in VS 2008. After giving this section a glance, move on to the next section of the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide, which links to general tips and tutorials.

Visual Studio 2008 first look now available (Scott Guthrie)
The head of ASP.NET development at Microsoft has posted a detailed look at Visual Studio 2008 on his blog. Among the upcoming features, which Guthrie demonstrated during presentations in Europe, are the ability to still work in .NET 2.0, improved support for Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript tool support to assist with ASP.NET AJAX development.

What's New in Visual Studio 2008 (MSDN)
This document outlines the new and improved management, design, deployment and reporting features of VS 2008.

Visual Studio 2008 New Features (The Code Project)
Meanwhile, this document focuses on multi-targeting, Web design and ASP.NET AJAX support in VS 2008.

An overview of Visual Studio 2008 (MSDN)
This is a downloadable white paper that covers the ins and outs of VS 2008.

Getting started with Visual Studio 2008 (MSDN)
This page links to resources for developers and architects who have existing applications they wish to migrate to VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 or those who want to start building new applications. There are some Visual Basic, C# and C++ samples as well.

The Visual Studio 2008 stack and The .NET Framework 3.5 stack (Daniel Moth)
Blogger Daniel Moth provides a quick look at the evolution of both Visual Studio and the .NET Framework and how they got to where they are today.

Visual Studio 2008 forum (ASP.NET Forums)
This forum gives developers and architects a place to ask each other questions about the new IDE and to give the VS 2008 group feedback on what works and what needs improvement.

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