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New Types, Methods for .NET 2.0/3.0 Service Pack 1

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When .NET 3.5 is released later this year, it will include several changes to the "red bits" including new types and methods. Scott Hanselman has posted a list of new types and methods with links to the MSDN documentation.

The so-called "red bits" are any libraries that existed in .NET 2.0 or 3.0. As .NET 3.5 is not supposed to be a major release of the .NET framework, changes to red bits were supposed to be minimal. This is in contract to the "green bits" which consist solely of new libraries.

Several of the new methods are in support of the new class DateTimeOffset. This is a date/time type with support for time zone information. This replaces the DateTime class for many scenarios.

New enumerations for the garbage collector suggest that developers are going to be getting more control over how the garbage collector functions. This is a break with earlier .NET designs which, unlike Java, pretty much expect the developer to not need to tune the GC.

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  • Same Version Number, New Classes!

    by Ben Loud /

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    At first I thought the title for this article was an error, but no, it seems they really have gone and added new types and methods to SP1 for .NET 2.0. What are they thinking? Java learned from this mistake years ago, so now all update releases for the same major version contain no new classes or methods, just big fixes and performance improvements. And thats the way it should be.

  • Re: Same Version Number, New Classes!

    by Mat Hobbs /

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    Why?

  • Re: Same Version Number, New Classes!

    by Jack U /

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    It's not the same version number?

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