Documentation Available for .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010

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Documentation for the next generation of the Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is now publicly available at MSDN.

Visual Studio 2010 Docs
.NET Framework 4 Docs
WPF Docs

Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: RC

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Microsoft has just released the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1): Release Candidate (RC).

The Microsoft Windows SDK is a set of tools, code samples, documentation, compilers, headers, and libraries that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems.  The Windows SDK combines two formerly separate SDKs: the Platform SDK (PSDK) and the .NET Framework SDK.

The following is a small sampling of what’s new or updated in this SDK:

  • Documentation – Approximately 80% of the SDK documentation set has been refreshed
  • Headers/Libraries – numerous new and updated – please see What’s New in the Windows API under the top-level Getting Started section in the documentation
  • Samples – Over 200 new and/or updated samples
  • Tools – Several new tools added
  • Visual Studio 2008 SP1 C++ command line compiler toolset and matching CRT

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.NET News

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Two social networking news sites have emerged for .NET developers: DotNetKicks and the new .NET Shoutout.  Both sites provide tons of .NET news and information, if you’re willing to spend the time to dig through it all.  But for busy developers, there is a new .NET news site that cuts through all the clutter.  

Dot-Net-News.com provides the latest news and information about the Microsoft .NET development environment including C#, Visual Basic and Visual Studio.  No fluff, no spam, just the facts, man.

Here are some of the latest .NET news stories:

Subscribe to the feed today to get your steady-stream of .NET news!

NP .NET Profiler

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NP .NET Profiler Tool is designed to assist in troubleshooting issues such as slow performance, memory related issues, and first chance exceptions in any .NET process.  The tool has the following features:

  • XCopy deployable: no install or reboot required
  • Supports all types of .NET applications
  • Generates true callstacks for exceptions, memory allocations, and function calls
  • Can monitor a specific namespace to reduce overhead and generate a smaller output file
  • Memory profiler reports total number of objects allocated per function
  • Custom reports using SQL-like queries
  • Wizard-based UI
  • Supports all versions of .NET (1.0 , 1.1, 2.0 and 3.5)
  • Supports all platforms (x86, x64 and IA64)
  • Supports all OSes (Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 and Vista)
  • Support virtual machines

Download NP .NET Profiler

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Top 10 .NET News Stories of 2008

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It’s that time of the year to reflect, analyze and compile our lives into a series of Top 10 lists.  As with every other Top 10 list, the items on this list and their order are highly subjective.  For example, some companies may not care about future versions of .NET — version 2.0 works just fine, thank you.  Other companies may need to develop a web application, so Silverlight 2.0 is their top story of the year.  So please comment below with your Top 10 List.

Following are the Top 10 stories in 2008 about software development with the Microsoft .NET Framework.

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New .NET Logo

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New .NET Logo

The .NET development team at Microsoft has created a new .NET logo (shown above).  Their goal was to create a logo “that was in sync with the key values that we want .NET to stand for: consistency, robustness and great user experiences.  The result is a design we refer to as the ‘wave.’  The design is strong, simple and distinctive.  The suggestion of the letter ‘N’ in the design will become instantly recognizable over time as shorthand for the .NET brand name.”

Mono v2.0 .NET for Linux Released

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Mono is an open source implementation of the .NET framework for Linux, Windows, MacOS and other operating systems.  Mono v2.0 was just released and represents a major milestone in the Mono project.

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Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0

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Microsoft announced the next version of its developer platform, which will be named Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0.  Microsoft said VS10 will focus on five key areas (in marketing-speak): riding the next-generation platform wave, inspiring developer delight, powering breakthrough departmental applications, enabling emerging trends such as cloud computing, and democratizing application life-cycle management (ALM).

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Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 Released

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Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.  This update patches numerous bugs, improves performance, and even adds a few new features. 

As a .NET commercial software developer, I am most excited that SP1 provides a .NET Framework installation optimized for client applications.  The optimized download is less than 28 MB, compared to the original 200 MB download that all but ensured consumers would not download .NET 3.5 and hence forced us to remain on .NET 2.0 (see FAT .NET).

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.NET Installers

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Most computer software is delivered in a compressed form for sale and distribution.  This “setup program” is typically an executable that unpacks the software and installs it correctly on the computer, taking into account variations between computers and customized user settings. 

The software that produces these setup programs is called an “installer.”  Installers are typically one of the most expensive tools a developer will buy, though of course there are free and open source installers available.

Following is a list of installers available today for .NET software and any online reviews.  Price is for one developer license unless otherwise noted.  A plus sign indicates the price is for the standard version, and advanced versions are available.  Please comment if any installers are missing, or if you would like to report any new reviews, updates, errors or broken links, as I will keep this list updated.

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