Visual Studio 2008 (and the .NET Framework 3.5) is set to release to manufacturing in a few weeks (November timeframe). I've been working with it for about 6 months myself, and once you get pass the BETA "issues" it is a nice upgrade over Visual Studio 2005 in a variety of areas.
I specifically like these news features:
- Multi-targeted frameworks
- Within VS2008, the IDE gives you a choice of working with the .NET 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5 framework
- Which means that I don't have to have Visual Studio 2005 (for backward compatibility) and Visual Studio 2008 installed to get the new features
- The ability to switch frameworks overtime, so that I can start with .NET 2.0, for example, and as my company/customer approves .NET 3.0/3.5, I can switch my project to the new framework, and Visual Studio 2008 will automatically give me new choices (UI, Controls, Coding options).
- LINQ (Language INtegrated Query)
- The ability to treat almost any object as data
- One querying language for Objects, XML, SQL Data, etc.
- and more. You should really watch the video on this one
- New features for the Web Developer, among them
- Split View in the IDE, which will synchronize the HTML view and the GUI view, so that you can work in either and see the results synchronized in both panes.
- New CSS Support. Features that you've seen in higher end HTML editors, but now in Visual Studio, so that you don't have to switch tools during Development
- Full ASP.NET Ajax integration
- And much more
Click here to see the Full Video Clips: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/bb655906.aspx
Here are the "Quick Clips"