I’m happy to announce that today we are re-releasing the LINQ to XSD Preview Alpha 0.2 for Visual Studio 2008. The previous preview release of LINQ to XSD targeted Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2008 but did not work on later builds. Many of the people who originally downloaded and tried the LINQ to XSD Preview Alpha requested an update for the final release of Visual Studio 2008 – this release is it. You can download it from here.
The LINQ to XSD preview illustrates our initial thinking on a strongly-typed programming experience over LINQ to XML. Instead of working with untyped XML trees, LINQ to XSD allows you to program in terms of strongly-typed classes, generated based on an XSD schema. The LINQ to XSD project is still incubation, but we are looking at ways to incorporate its functionality into future Visual Studio and .NET Framework releases. We are very much interested in gathering your feedback on the product, so please download it, give it a try, and send us some feedback.
I know it’s taken us a while to get this release out and some of you have been wondering what’s happening with this project. The team has only recently resurfaced from the Visual Studio 2008 release push and has begun looking at how we can take LINQ to XSD forward again. We’re looking forward to getting your feedback on this preview and on our future work on strongly-typed XML programming.
Please send us your comments, questions, and suggestions via the LINQ forum on MSDN: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=123&SiteID=1
Shyam PatherDev Manager, Data Developer Experience Team