February CTP of Visual Studio "Orcas" / .NET 3.5 is out

The Community Technology Preview of the next version of the .NET components that the XML team ships is ready for download.  It is available in two forms: a self-extracting installer that will setup a version of Visual Studio that can co-exist side by side with VS 2005, and a Virtual PC image. The new stuff…

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Some things on the radar ….

There are a few things we’ve seen recently that you might want to take note of: Daylight Savings Time Changes This isn’t related to XML, but we’re trying to spread the word fairly widely.  The US has changed the dates for daylight savings time starting this year.  You need to make sure your PCs and…


VB 9.0 Xml in Visual Studio "Orcas" February CTP

In February CTP you will find the same functionality as in the May CTP with many improvements. Some of these improvements came from the feedback of extensive usability studies we conducted in the fall. Observing the obstacles users encountered provided us with good ideas on how to improve the Xml integration features. Some of these…

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Standalone XQuery Implementation in .NET?

XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 are now W3C Recommendations, thanks in part to the contributions of  several Microsoft employees over the years. An earlier draft of the XQuery specification is supported in SQL Server 2005 , and you can send an XQuery to the server using the ADO.NET that shipped in Visual Studio 2005.  These…

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XML Features in the February CTP of Visual Studio “Orcas”

We’re nearly code complete on the next version of Visual Studio, and will soon be releasing a Community Technology Preview (CTP) so that you can take a look, work on prototypes, and think about how the new features might fit into your development plans. This is the first Orcas CTP that has feature parity with…

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