Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition is a comprehensive set of tools that accelerates the process of turning the developer�s vision into reality. Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition was engineered to support development projects that target the Web (including ASP.NET AJAX), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, The 2007 Microsoft Office system, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Mobile devices. The number of platforms that developers must target to meet business needs is increasing rapidly. Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition provides the integrated toolset for addressing all of these needs by providing a superset of the functionality available in Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition.
Today�s developers face the challenge of targeting a broad range of platforms and crafting applications that quickly deliver value to the business. Integrated designers and language features in Visual Studio allow developers to build the connected applications demanded by today�s businesses while taking advantage of the .NET Framework 3.5 to reduce development time.
Deliver high-performance applications
Connect to the data you need, regardless of its location, and build datadrivenapplications using Language Integrated Query (LINQ).
Build great client applications
Develop compelling solutions that leverage the user experience and capabilities of the 2007Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista�.
Build powerful Web applications
Build rich, interactive applications using the ASP.NET AJAX interactive Web interfaces.
What's New in 2008
-> Build applications that utilize the latest Web technologies with improved support for AJAX and Web Controls and the Microsoft AJAX Library
-> Create Web applications more easily with an improved design surface and standards support
-> Utilize data from any data source more smoothly with LINQ, a set of language extensions to Visual Basic and Visual C#
-> Manage and build applications that target multiple versions of the .NET Framework. For the first time, you can use one tool to work on applications that run on .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
-> Ensure application correctness more easily with integrated unit testing in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
-> Discover the full power of the .NET Framework 3.5 with integrated tools which simplify building great user experiences and connected systems
-> Build stunning user experiences with integrated designers for Windows Presentation Foundation. Experiences built with WPF can interoperate seamlessly with Windows Forms
-> Create connected applications using new visual designers for Windows Communications Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation
-> Use Visual Studio�s professional development environment to build Microsoft Office-based solutions that are reliable, scalable, and easy to maintain (available in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition only)
-> Enhance collaboration between developers and designers to create more compelling user experiences