Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” – March 2007 CTP Released

Visual Studio code name “Orcas” delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version enables any size organization to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions.

This release includes a whole host of new stuff, including Linq to SQL which was missing from the last CTP.  If you have any requests for topics/screencasts then give me a shout and I’ll try and fit them in. 

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The highlights of this CTP include (but not limited too):

  • The LINQ Project: this CTP represents a major milestone in the LINQ project.
  • VB 9.0 Language Support
  • C# 3.0 Language Support
  • LINQ To SQL Designer
  • LINQ over XML (XLinq)
  • System.Xml Bridge Classes added
  • LINQ to Objects API
  • ADO.NET vNext
  • Web
  • Client App-Level Services
  • C# Workflow Rules
  • XML
  • MSBuild
  • UAC Manifests in the Managed Build Process
  • IDE
  • CLR
  • Office
  • Team Architect
  • Team Developer
  • Team Test 
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Visual C++


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