Visual Studio Orcas and .NET Framework Download and Resources

Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 (and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta) has been released and available for download.

What’s News in:

a) Visual Basic Orcas  (see Visual Basic “Orcas” Beta1 is in the wild!)

  • Intellisense Everywhere – This feature is about providing statement completion suggestions at new points in edit mode.
  • Relaxed Delegates – Relaxed delegates are a way to extend VB’s implicit conversions to delegate types
  • (My fav new feature) Multi-Targeting – Enables you to use Orcas Beta1 to write applications that target .NET 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5.

b) .NET Framework 3.5

  • Deep integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness
  • ASP.NET AJAX for quickly creating more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers
  • New web protocol support for building WCF services including AJAX, JSON, REST, POX, RSS, ATOM and several new WS-* standards
  • Full tooling support for WF, WCF and WPF including the new workflow-enabled services technology

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One thought on “Visual Studio Orcas and .NET Framework Download and Resources

  1. For once desktop/web developers are playing catch up to device developers – we’ve had multi-targetting since .NET CF v2 in VS2005! In fact given that the VS for Devices team were the once that built that functionality it wasn’t really a surprise that quite a few members of that team went to work for VS Core 😉

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