What's New in Whidbey?

What's New in Whidbey?

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I'm sure by now many people will have read the new Visual Studio .NET product roadmap for 2003-2005. This is an update of a similar document published last year, which covered the 2002-2004 period. The latest roadmap provides a good deal of information on "Whidbey", our first major upgrade to the .NET Framework. If you're eager to find out how .NET will be evolving, it's a must read. We'll be drilling down into more detail on this at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in late October.

Some of my favourite Whidbey features revealed here are the following:

  • Edit and Continue in VB 
  • Much stronger database designer support in VB 
  • Generics, anonymous methods, iterators and partial types in C# (more
  • Powerful replacements for the current WinForms and web DataGrid controls 
  • "Master pages" (templates) for ASP.NET pages 
  • A web browser control with a decent managed interface

We'll be posting more information online within the next couple of months, so stay tuned...

  • Generics is supported in VB as well.
  • Master pages? Would that be like having a standard header/footer pair for *every* page? It would be nice if you could do that at the site level instead of just the application, without having to go through modules.
  • Master pages can do exactly what you describe and more - think of an ASP.NET version of the Master View in Powerpoint. Things you modify in the master view are automatically reflected in the pages that follow that template. The next release of VB will definitely support _accessing_ generics...
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