The RTM of Visual Studio 2008 Is Coming

[EDIT:  As Guy pointed out on his blog VS2008 is RTM for MSDN already]


By now it is no secret that Visual Studio 2008 will RTM before the end of November.  Soma mentioned this at TechEd Europe and I couldn't be more excited!  Make sure you are getting ready with for the new version by checking out our webcasts and other training materials that are available.  Here is a list of places to help you get prepared:


Main Visual Studio 2008 Product Page


Main World Wide Events Website

NOTE:  Don't let the name throw you off, this is your best "one stop shop" for getting MS content.  Make sure to take advantage of the Virtual Labs!  Below is an extremely short list  at what I found when I searched on the keyword "linq":




Channel 9 (of course)



And of course the various blogs (on the left hand side) and other resources that crop up.   I will be doing a 26 part webcast on new features of VS2008 beginning in December as well.



In the meantime, let's have a contest.   Post here with your list of resources for getting up to speed with VS2008.  I will randomly choose one person to be the recipient of ONE of these prizes (winner's choice):


Windows Vista Ultimate

Office 2007 Ultimate

Halo 3/Flight Simulator X  Combo gift

[Edit:  contest extended until 12/1 by popular demand!]

Just in time for the holidays!  Contest ends on 11/26/2007 @ 5pm Central.  Good Times πŸ™‚


(MS employees not eligible but shoot me an email if you would like to see an FTE version of this contest)


Comments (17)

  1. zainnab says:

    So it is πŸ™‚  All the more reason to get those resources posted.  Hook us up with your favs!

  2. lzandman says:

    I found ScottGu’s blog entry about the release of VS2008 and .NET 3.5 very interesting and handy to get up to speed:



  3. In honor of the RTM for Visual Studio 2008 (the artist formerly known as "Orcas"), I am having a contest

  4. astifora says:

    Of course, I would start at the Visual Studio home page at Microsoft at:

    Then of course Channel 9 also has plenty of info on the new VS2008 at:

    Then there is the excellent articles at the Code Project website, just do a search for VS2008, it is at:

    And more specifically this article on the new features in VS2008:

    Tech Target also has an excellent learning guide for VS 2008 at:,295582,sid8_gci1280711,00.html

    If I think of more I will add them.

    Happy Coding,


  5. CmraLvr2 says:

    The best resources at this time are MSDN, however you CAN find activity and articles elsewhere.  Examples are: or

    Cheers -Robert

  6. mjpalad says:

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 – Learning Portal

    Includes some free e-learning clinics.

  7. dmuri says:

    For me, one of the most useful ones on VB 9.0 comes from Bart De Smet’s blog (he’s a C# MVP, and may be about to convert himself to … VB ???).

    What Bart has written is very interesting and educating.

    I also like alle the ressources that can be found through Beth Massi’s blog and the VB Team Blog.

    Very interesting stuff!

    Did I mention I’m a VB fan? πŸ˜‰

    Have a nice day Zain!


  8. Zeeshan Hirani says:

    Here are 3 links that i think are vital for getting upto to speed with linq. I believe that these are the best resources to get u upto speed.


    download the microsoft training kit for .net 3.5. It has all the hands on labs you will ever need.


    Download microsoft C# linq and linq to sql samples. There are tons of it in there.

    3. Watch 5 to 10 minutes of deep dive linq videos from Mike Taulty. There are around 25 of those but short and to the point.

    That is all you would ever need.


    Zeeshan Hirani

  9. zainnab says:

    Awesome responses everyone!  πŸ™‚  I have had several requests to extend the deadline for the contest so have decided to extend the deadline until 12/1.  If you know of some folks who can contribute then let them know they have an extra week to do so.

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  11. zainnab says:

    Sorry for not getting to this sooner all but we have a winner! Using a highly sophisticated method (i emailed my wife the names and she picked one) a winner has been determined.  The winner is DMurillo!!!  Congratz to everyone who posted and keep an eye out for a consolidated post about resources available plus a chance to win more swag. πŸ™‚

  12. Larry Doucet says:

    Interesting that Flight Simulator X is a prize when it doesn’t work if Visual Studio 2008 is installed (playing missions causes mfc80.dll issues)

  13. zainnab says:

    Uhh, and it’s even more interesting that you replied to a post that is a year old. BUT I am here for you πŸ™‚

    I don’t use Flight Sim X myself so can you point us to where this problem is so I can ping the Flight Sim team about it?

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