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VS 2008 sp1 & .Net 3.5 sp1 is out

You can download VS 2008 sp1 and .Net 3.5 sp1 @


This release has major improvements on WCF and WF.

Brief overview avaialble @ download page says:


.NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1 provides the following new features and improvements:

  • ASP.NET Dynamic Data, which provides a rich scaffolding framework
    that enables rapid data driven development without writing code, and a
    new addition to ASP.NET AJAX that provides support for managing browser
    history (back button support). For more information, see What’s New in ASP.NET and Web Development.
  • Core improvements to the CLR (common language runtime) that include
    better layout of .NET Framework native images, opting out of
    strong-name verification for fully trusted assemblies, improved
    application startup performance, better generated code that improves
    end-to-end application execution time, and opting managed code to run
    in ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) mode if supported by the
    operating system. Additionally, managed applications that are opened
    from network shares have the same behavior as native applications by
    running with full trust.
  • Performance improvements to WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation),
    including a faster startup time and improved performance for Bitmap
    effects. Additional functionality for WPF includes better support for
    line of business applications, native splash screen support, DirectX
    pixel shader support, and the new WebBrowser control.
  • ClickOnce application publishers can decide to opt out of signing
    and hashing as appropriate for their scenarios, developers can
    programmatically install ClickOnce applications that display a
    customized branding, and ClickOnce error dialog boxes support links to
    application-specific support sites on the Web.
  • The Entity Framework is an evolution of the existing suite of
    ADO.NET data access technologies. The Entity Framework enables
    developers to program against relational databases in according to
    application-specific domain models instead of the underlying database
    models. For more information, see Getting Started with the Entity Framework.
    The Entity Framework introduces some additional features, including
    support for new SQL Server 2008 types, default graph serialization of
    Entities, and the Entity Data Source. This release of the Entity
    Framework supports the new date and file stream capabilities in SQL
    Server 2008. The graph serialization work helps developers who want to
    build Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services that model full
    graphs as data contracts. The Entity Data Source provides a traditional
    data source experience for ASP.NET Web application builders who want to
    work with the Entity Framework.
  • LINQ to SQL includes new support for the new date and file stream capabilities in SQL Server 2008.
  • The ADO.NET Data Services Framework consists of a combination of
    patterns and libraries, which enable data to be exposed as a flexible
    REST (Representational State Transfer)-based data service that can be
    consumed by Web clients in a corporate network or across the Internet.
    The ADO.NET Data Services Framework makes data service creation over
    any data source. A conceptual view model of the underlying storage
    schema can easily be exposed through rich integration with the ADO.NET
    Entity Framework. Services created by using the ADO.NET Data Services
    Framework, and also compatible Windows Live ( services,
    can be easily accessed from any platform. For client applications that
    are running on Microsoft platforms, a set of client libraries are
    provided to make interaction with data services simple. For example,
    .NET Framework-based clients can use LINQ to query data services and a
    simple .NET Framework object layer to update data in the service.
  • Windows Communication Foundation now makes the DataContract
    Serializer easier to use by providing improved interoperability
    support, enhancing the debugging experience in partial trust scenarios,
    and extending syndication protocol support for wider usage in Web 2.0
  • The .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server (SqlClient) adds
    new support for file stream and sparse column capabilities in SQL
    Server 2008.