New Releases: SQL 2008, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, VS2008 SP1, and more!
Over the last few days, Microsoft has released a whole slew of new developer-related bits for the world to enjoy:
- Three months after its official “launch”, SQL Server 2008 is finally soup. You can find out more about it here.
- .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 has also been released. Much more than a Service Pack, this release has a whole slew of new features, and also contains serious performance improvements, due to the work they've been doing with Silverlight.
- Adding one more flavor to the .NET Runtime soup is the .NET 3.5 Client Profile, which is a subset of the standard .NET Framework that doesn't have any of the server-related features (like ASP.NET, etc). Expect this to replace the standard .NET Framework Runtime in future iterations that come built into Windows Client releases (like Windows Vista).
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1 was also released. As MJ noted, it has enough new features to qualify as a full-fledged release, but don't let Microsoft catch you calling it one.
- TFS 2008 SP1 is out as well, with dozens of bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Finally, if you have the beta versions of any of the above, this tool will help clean them off of your system.
Also, I've come across some interesting developer tools in the last few days:
- Mirosoft partnered with Axialis Software to give all Visual Studio 2008 customers "IconWorkshop Lite", a stripped-down version of their flagship IconWorkshop application that integrates right with VS. Seeing as how the bitmap editor in VS is terrible, this is a great addition for building solid icons. [via Visual C++ blog]
- Snipp Dogg is a stand-alone utility that helps you create and manage Visual Studio code snippets. Not enough component vendors are taking advantage of Snippets, but hopefully that will change soon.