Visual Studio 2008
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 delivers on Microsoft’s vision of
smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected
applications that deliver the highest quality, rich user experiences. With
Visual Studio 2008, organizations will find it easier than ever before to
capture and analyze information to help them make effective business decisions.
Visual Studio 2008 enables organizations of every size to rapidly create more
secure, manageable, and reliable applications that take advantage of Windows
Vista™ and the 2007 Office system. Visual Studio 2008 delivers key advances for
developers in three primary pillars:
Rapid application development
Effective team collaboration
Breakthrough user experiences
Developing Smart Client Applications.
Visual Studio 2008 delivers new and easy ways for developers to build smart
clients. It provides a comprehensive set of tools and classes that simplify
integrating smart clients with new or existing Web applications, and it enables
local data caching for disconnected scenarios.
Creating Microsoft Office Applications.
Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) is fully integrated into Visual Studio
2008 Professional Edition. Developers can now customize various Office
applications, such as Outlook® and PowerPoint®, to improve user productivity and
Building Windows Applications.
Developers can easily leverage new platform technologies, and deliver more
compelling applications to their customers, by effortlessly incorporating new
Windows Presentation Foundation features into both existing Windows Forms
applications and new applications.
Handling Data More Productively.
The introduction of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and other
data-access improvements enable developers to apply a consistent programmatic
approach to data handling, perform data access with new data-design surfaces,
and use built-in classes for the occasionally connected design pattern.
Enabling New Web Experiences.
Developers can easily create efficient, interactive Web applications with Visual
Studio 2008. Seamless integration of the familiar ASP.NET AJAX programming model
enables more efficient client-side execution, giving end users a more responsive
Improved Overall Developer Experience.
2008 delivers a better developer experience overall through the combination of
significant product quality improvements, and changes to the way the most
popular design surfaces return errors to the user. In addition, Visual Studio
2008 simplifies the user’s ability to adopt the toolset and framework separately
by enabling developers to target different .NET Framework platforms.
Improving Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).
ALM features in Visual Studio provide great support not only for
managing the entire software-development life cycle, but also for critical
interaction with an enterprise application’s final end-users and IT