Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 Beta available now


Today we released a Beta of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.  


 


Traditionally our service packs address a range of issues found both through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing.  While this service pack holds true to that theme and delivers updates for these types of issues, it also builds on the tremendous value that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 deliver today and enables an improved developer experience by adding a number of additional components that cover a range of highly requested customer features. For example, the service pack is the first release for Visual Studio 2008 that delivers full support for SQL Server 2008 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework.


 


Visual Studio : You will find improved functionality and performance in the WPF designers, additional components and tools for Visual Basic & Visual C++ including an MFC-based Office 2007 Ribbon and various stability fixes, richer JavaScript features, improved Web development and site deployment, and performance improvements for the IDE.  For more information on the performance improvements in the service pack, see the Performance Team’s blog.


 


Visual Studio Team System : There are improvements to Visual Studio Team System such as updated “Add to Source Control” dialogs, Drag and Drop support from Windows Explorer to the Source Control Explorer, and version control of unbound files.  For work item tracking we have added Ribbon support for Office 2007 so you now have a clean and easy way to access relevant TFS operations from Office applications as seen below.  For more information on the new features available in Team System, check out Brian Harry’s blog.


 


.NET Framework 3.5 : From a .NET Framework perspective, SP1 introduces more controls, streamlined setup, improved start-up performance, and powerful new graphics features for client development and rich data scaffolding, and improved AJAX support.


 


I’m very excited about the introduction of the .NET Framework Client Profile, a smaller .NET Framework Redist optimized for client scenarios.  Some of the benefits of this profile are immediate responsiveness with a 200K bootstrapper to enable the fastest response to the application setup URL, an integrated custom UI allowing packaging of your application and the framework for a seamless install experience, and lastly incredible install speed at 26.5 mb (this translates to about 6 minutes on a typical connection).



Like I mentioned above, SP1 for the .NET Framework introduces the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services which simplifies data access code in applications by providing an extensible, conceptual model for data from any data source and enabling this model to closely reflect business requirements.


 


Dynamic Data is a new feature in ASP.NET that dynamically builds a fully functional website from a LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework data model. In order to generate a similar screen to below, all a developer has to do is create a data model, register the data model with Dynamic Data (1 line of code), and then run the project. This is part of the new RAD data features that get developers started very quickly and then they can refine the application with traditional ASP.NET programming.




The bits for the VS2008 SP1 Beta and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta are available for download here. 


The readme files list known compatability issues for Visual Studio Professional and for Visual Studio Team System.


 


Namaste!

Comments (41)

  1. Je ne surpris de ne pas encore avoir vu passer l’info sur les blogs de CodeS-SourceS mais bon, week-end

  2. You probably already saw Soma’s Blog on the Beta for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 . If you

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  4. JohnPapa.net says:

    Soma announced this morning that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP 1 is now ready and can be downloaded . This includes several updates, includes support for SQL Server 2008, and has a few new products including the Entity Framework, LINQ to Entities

  5. Soma announced this morning that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP 1 is now ready and can be downloaded

  6. Satheesh says:

    Cool news! Thanks for the info!

  7. hacked.brain says:

    Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta Now Available

  8. We released the first beta of .NET 3.5 SP 1 this morning, and it includes a change to the default grant

  9. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Beta) has been released to web , along with Microsoft .NET

  10. Soma announced this morning that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP 1 is now ready and can be downloaded

  11. anonymous says:

    I noticed .NET 3.5 SP1 also contains SP2 for .NET 2.0/3.0. What? SP2 already? Wasn’t SP1 delivered in last November? It’s hardly 6 months and a new service pack!! I can understand about .NET 3.5 and VS2008 needing an SP1. And still large number of customers have .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 installed and yet no service pack for them? Is there any balance going on here? There are approximately 150 hotfixes after .NET 1.1 Service Pack 1. And there may be hardly 10-15 hotfixes in .NET 2.0/3.0 SP2!!! Please produce a final .NET 1.1 SP2 before it enters extended support from mainstream support. Doesn’t Microsoft do any customer userbase surveys? Lots of shops are still on .NET 1.1.

    Also, I noticed the Express editions with SP1 have web-based setup. I hope at RTM of SP1, there’l be a full Express SP1 ISO.

  12. ASPInsiders says:

    Read the whole thing here : Today we released a Beta of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service

  13. Erics Blog says:

    Read more at Somasegar’s blog here .

  14. Microsoft has rolled out the beta of SP1 for .NET Framework version 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Now don’t

  15. SP1 of .NET 3.5 is now available as a Beta release. This beta release has the fix for the ThreadPool

  16. It was originally planned for last friday, but to hold back the pressure for the support team to enjoy

  17. johnmont says:

    @anonymous

    In the case of the Express SKUs, at SP1 ship we will absolutely have the full SP1 ISO image as we have today for VS 2008 RTM.

    John

    GPM, VS Express

  18. Ok, I’m not totally sure why all my posts lately have had a slightly negative tone to them, perhaps I’m

  19. Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 Beta available now

  20. Rilasciata aggi: Today we released a Beta of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

  21. Al Pascual says:

    Finally Scott Guthrie released the news, was waiting to post my review. Friday night I installed Visual

  22. I am not going to even bother talking about what is in it, I am reading it like everyone else! But go

  23. Redwerb says:

    If you haven't heard the news yet, Microsoft has released a beta of a service pack (SP1) for Visual

  24. Visual Studio SP1 beta is available for Download, it includes hundreds of bug fixes and customer-reported

  25. Would you please release a detailed document about .NET 2.0 SP 2 ?

    You have just written it exist as oart of this .NET 3.5 SP1, but haven’t told anything about it.

    Will it be available as a standalone download? does it includes red bits?

    See my blog to understand why it is so important to have this info: http://readcommit.blogspot.com/2008/05/microsoft-net-framework-20-service-pack.html

    Thanks in advance.

  26. Service Pack 1 is here, yippy. Obviously, this is a Beta release, thus you might want to install it on

  27. Just links…. ScottGu Soma Entity Framework Data Services Download

  28. anonymous says:

    What is new in Express SP1? Silverlight support in VWD? TR-1 in C++ Express?

  29. Leon says:

    Okay…i am confused…

    With this release is there support 64bit support?

    Some say that there is some say that it is for a different release…

    thanks

  30. anonymous says:

    When will Sync framework RTM? It’s been in beta for so long.

  31. Zunanji viri says:

    There are various enhancements and even changes in SP1 . Perhaps one of the most interesting is the change

  32. Larry Sullivan says:

    The following question was raised about .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 and its constituent parts –

    “I noticed .NET 3.5 SP1 also contains SP2 for .NET 2.0/3.0. What? SP2 already? Wasn’t SP1 delivered in last November? It’s hardly 6 months and a new service pack!! I can understand about .NET 3.5 and VS2008 needing an SP1. And still large number of customers have .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 installed and yet no service pack for them? Is there any balance going on here? There are approximately 150 hotfixes after .NET 1.1 Service Pack 1. And there may be hardly 10-15 hotfixes in .NET 2.0/3.0 SP2!!! Please produce a final .NET 1.1 SP2 before it enters extended support from mainstream support. Doesn’t Microsoft do any customer userbase surveys? Lots of shops are still on .NET 1.1”

    This is a great question and I wanted to reply.  First we absolutely realized that there are a number of customers still on .Net Framework 1.1 and we will look into the possibility of servicing it again.  I can tell you that the servicing requests on 1.1 are very low and the volume of servicing requests is a big part of what plays into the timing and need for an SP.  Which of course leads into your questions of why we are updating the 2.0 bits again which comes down to the fact that to provide a service pack of .Net Framework 3.5 it was necessary to provide fixes in the lower level core parts of the .Net Framework.  Given that we needed to update a number of binaries to deliver the 3.5 SP1 we made the decision to go ahead and allow an additional set of fixes into the 2.0 and 3.0 layers.   This is a byproduct of the fact that the current set of .Net Framework versions are much like a layer cake with .Net Framework 2.0 at the bottom, then .Net Framework 3.0 and finally the .Net Framework 3.5 layered on top.  Each of the upper layers has dependencies into lower layers, but not vice versa.  In other words 3.5 can depend on 3.0 and/or 2.0, but 2.0 has no dependencies on 3.0 or 3.5.  As you can see this means that some fixes or features in the 3.5 can require updates in their dependant layer to function properly.  Also, with the introduction of 3.5 we now allow for the SPs of the .Net Framework to install on both machines with predecessor version or no version at all.  This allows customers to not have to deploy two items, the RTM version and its SP, but only the SP.

    Thanks,

    Larry Sullivan

    Group Manager

  33. Just in case anyone hasn’t heard yet, we have released a beta of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework

  34. Last week Soma and Scott Guthrie announced the availability of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework

  35. I apologize for taking so long between posts. I have an excuse: very busy working on Visual Studio 2008

  36. Alistair says:

    Will we ever see the return of the easy-to-use Component Gallery functionality available with VC6 which has now been totally forgotten by anyone who only started using Visual Studio from 2002 onwards?

    Take it from someone who has been programming for over 20 years on various platforms and has used the Component Gallery regularly that it is badly missed.   There is no other way to simply create a .ogx file in package 1 and insert it into package 2.   Any advice now given is slow and prone to errors.

    Please bring it back!!!

  37. Service Pack 1 is here, yippy. Obviously, this is a Beta release, thus you might want to install it on

  38. dhiraj says:

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  39. dhiraj says:

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