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.NET Framework 3.0 RTM Posted

The RTM version of .NET 3.0 is available. This includes the redistributables and SDK for the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Despite what the name suggests, this is not a new runtime for .NET. For core functionality, it relies on the .NET 2.0 runtime and base class library. Essentially that means developers are deciding between 1.1., 2.0, and 2.0+3.0 for new projects.

The .NET 3.0 Redistributables package must be installed first. These are the same files that must be installed on servers and end-user machines.

Next is the Vista SDK. This includes .NET 3.0 documentation, samples, and development tools. Also included are Win32 header files, libraries, documentation, samples, and updated C++ compilers that target x86, x64, and IA64.

The release version of the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation is also available. This includes both a designer and a remote debugger.

The extensions for WCF and WPF are currently available as a CTP. According to Microsoft, "This is the last release of this technology that will be in the form of a set of extensions for Visual Studio 2005." Microsoft then goes on to explain that this functionality will be incorporated into the next version of Visual Studio.

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