Microsoft posted some great info about upcoming releases of the .NET Framework and VS.NET. Some of the questions that the article raises for me:
- The Visual Basic topic mentions Edit and Continue. Will this feature be in C# as well? God, I hope so.
- The Visual C# sections mentions stuff like generics, iterators, and anonymous methods. Available in VB.NET (et al) as well? Since it has to happen at the CLR level, I'm assuming so, but it isn't mentioned.
- Web Services - what's the continuing role of ASMX vs WSE?
Some of the interesting highlights for me include:
- Improved no-touch deployment. Sweet. Save us from the limitations of the browser-based UI.
- Better Windows Forms controls. Much needed. Save us from the limitations of Windows Forms 1.x.
- The DataSource stuff sounds interesting but vague
- Tracing and XQuery in ADO.NET
- Interesting (and a little disturbing) that they've come up with completely new grid controls, both on Windows Forms and ASP.NET. Was it impossible to evolve the existing controls?
- Have they fleshed out the platform-independent database interfaces in this release?
- Will they finally fix WSDL.EXE to generate proxy classes with properties instead of fields?