I’m just downloading now (I know, I’m a little behind but I’ve been gallivanting around the country for the last week) and I’m super excited* about it. This is the first CTP with the VWD bits in so we get:
- New ASP.NET WebForms design-surface with advanced XHTML and CSS features
- That means things like the CSS management and cascade view you get in Expression Web. Nice.
- JScript intellisense for ASP.NET AJAX and browser DOM
- This could just prevent me from going completely insane.
- Multi-targetting for .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 in websites and web applications
- LINQ to SQL designer integration in websites and web applications
- I need to play with this…
As well as:
- XML Tools: XSLT Debugger
- Enables Input Data Breakpoints allowing the user to break the execution of the style-sheet whenever a certain node in input document is hit.
- XML Editor Performance Improvements
- Performance in the Xml Editor for Intellisense, schema validation etc is improved by implementing incremental parsing of the XML Document.
- Seamless transition between XML Editor and XSD Designer
- Improves the experience a user has when working with an XML Schema in textual and graphical mode at the same time.
And, as I understand it, much improved performance switching between Design and Source views, a unified undo/redo stack and full access to features like the properties dialogue in source view.
* that was mean to be ironic – the super excited bit that is. I am excited but whoever made up the (now stock) Microsoft phrase “super excited” ought to be sent back to school and forced to endure a lifetime of English literature classes studying only William McGonagall.