I have a hobby - cycling - and a Garmin Edge 305. I frequently post screencaptures from the Garmin Training Center on my personal blog: http://hansusblogolus.spaces.live.com/
Once a developer always a developer (at least you always think you are) so, as I indicated before, I want to do something with this wealth of data too. So I was thinking of building the BeenThereTracks application. A web application that allows me to show where me and my friends have been riding and more details about the profile of the ride.
Today I have started. I don't need to do much analysis, I can start immediately with the data model. The schema exists I just need to start programming againsts it.
All data is XML and coming from a relational world, this doesn't make this any simpler. Fortunately LINQ (Language-Integrated Query) comes to rescue. So that's what I start with.
Check out this page if you want to install VS2008 Beta 2: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa700831.aspx
Which version do you need? Like Dan Fernandez wrote: Visual Studio Express 2008 fully supports Language INtegrated Query (LINQ) which adds language query capabilities (similar to SQL) directly into the Visual Basic and C# languages.
So it doesn't really matter which version you will install.
I will start with the Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition. I want to encapsulate the data access functionality in a library (dll) and use that one later on a couple of different client types. Ideally (I guess I'm dreaming here), I will find enough time and motivation to build three clients:
1. A web client with ASP.NET and Silverlight
2. A rich Client kust in WPF
3. A plugin for Windows Live Spaces.
So I'm going for this (with some Windows Live Services in each of them):