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Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework

| by James Vastbinder Follow 0 Followers on Jan 10, 2007. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |

Last week Microsoft released the feature specifications for the .NET Framework codenamed "Orcas" and the next version of Visual Studio.  Among the more notable additions comes multi-targeting across versions of the .NET Framework, a feature that was noticeably absent from Visual Studio 2005. 

John Rivard, VB Architect, provides this reasoning behind the decision:

In juggling priorities, costs, and benefits for Whidbey, the Visual Studio team determined it would be better to continue with a side-by-side toolset strategy than to delve the depths of cross-targeting from a single tool.

Features in the January CTP and specifications posted:

  • Folder Diff (TFS)
  • Continuous Integration (TFS)
  • Large Group Sync (TFS)
  • Psuedo Multi-Targetting (Dev Tools)
  • VS Proxy Services (Dev Tools)
  • VS Settings Migration (Dev Tools)
  • Multi-Targetting (C++)
  • Versioning of VC++ Libraries (C++)
  • ListView (UI Frameworks)
  • Partial Page Rendering (UI Frameworks)
  • Mapping Format (C#)
  • XLinq (C#)
  • SystemSettings Extensions (.NET CF)
  • Support for Web Application Projects (Team Architect)

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Interesting fact by James Vastbinder

One interesting piece of trivia I didn't put in the news posting was that the actual team names responsible for each feature line up under "Technology Area" on the feature spec page.

Also, a possible gotcha for non-windows users is that each of the specs is in XPS.

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