You want to learn more about .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Comunication Foundation, Windows Worflow Foundation?

 Check out the virtual labs here.


The highlights of this CTP include:

  • Improvements on the widely acclaimed Visual Studio 2005 product set
  • Significant investments in improving product quality
  • LINQ to Objects API
    • LINQ to Objects API supports queries over any .NET collection, such as arrays and Generic Lists. This API is defined in the System.Query namespaces inside System.Core.dll. Click here for more details about LINQ.
  • Partial C# 3.0 Language Support: This CTP implements some of the new language features of C# 3.0
    • Local variable type interface
    • Lambda expressions
    • Object initializers
  • Partial C# 3.0 IDE Support: In addition to the C# 3.0 language features there is partial IDE support
    • Colorization and New Keywords in Completion List
    • Edit and Continue Rude Edit Detection
  • Partial VB 9.0 Language support (Due to differences in feature delivery schedules VB implementations of the above C# features will appear in a future CTP)
    • Local variable type inference and Option Infer switch
  • VSTS Improvements in load & unit testing such as unit test for devices
  • Device development improvements
    • VSTS integration
    • Access and modify device security configuration from the IDE
  • Enables developers to build and debug a Windows Vista Application
  • Enables Visual Studio Tools for Office developers to build document-level customizations for Word and Excel 2007
  • Enables eMbedded Visual C++ 4.0 developers to use Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” to build their existing applications
  • NET Framework improvements such as:
    • New managed add-in model enables developers to add a version-resilient extensibility model to their products.
    • Support for time zone conversion, enumeration and serialization, including cases where Daylight Saving Time rules change over time.
    • Reflection in Partial Trust, enabling sand box scenarios for all applications that depend on these features.
    • The ability to control the garbage collector’s latency mode
    • Improved CLR ThreadPool micro-performance and throughput for worker and IO completion

This CTP is released as Virtual PC.
Download (Download Size: 3.6 GB)

From ADO.NET’s Blog:

“To aid brainstorming and to better understand typical developer scenarios, the ADO.NET team created an internal prototype of a designer to let developers model the ADO.NET vNext “Conceptual” layer.
The designer in this CTP is an early prototype and only supports designing the “Conceptual” layer. The designer can also generate an Entity Data Model with 1:1 mappings from an existing database that you can use right away in your application while also graphically visualizing the “Conceptual” layer”

Dowload ADO.NET vNext Entity Data Model Designer Prototype CTP

Download ADO.NET vNext CTP – August 2006

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patters & practices Guidance Explorer

Learn more about Guidance Explorer.

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Well, I’ve just installed Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta. (But, first, I had to uninstall Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Project).

I had no problems with that… but you may experience some. Read this post of Ayende’s Blog.


Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Project

Download Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Project

Check out Tom Hollander’s post about the Enterprise Library Plan.

patterns & practices: Enterprise Library

At the moment, it’s available only for Windows Vista Beta Tester at Connect Site.

Download SDK from here.