January 2004 - The Road to Whidbey
The next version of VS.NET includes a plethora of enterprise and RAD features, but the tool remains geared more toward higher-end than occupational programmers. Plus enhancements in the alpha release of the next .NET Framework version promise big benefits for B2B apps, Write procedural code and create user-defined types and aggregates with .NET inside SQL Server's next version, code-named Yukon, and more.
Version 2 of the .NET Framework introduces XML-to-relational data mapping, support for XQuery, and typed APIs. Find out why these changes are great news for B2B app development.
Integrate Altova's new release of xmlspy 2004 into your existing Visual Studio .NET projects.
The next version of VS.NET includes a plethora of enterprise and RAD features, but the tool remains geared more toward higher-end than occupational or hobbyist programmers.
Web development is about to take another great leap forward. Powerful features in the new version of ASP.NET will save you time and reduce your code-writing requirements.
Generics support in version 2 of the .NET Framework will help you write simpler, more powerful code, whether you consume generic classes built into the Framework or roll your own.
You don't want to lock needless assemblies into the VS.NET process. Avoid this problem by loading the assembly into a separate application domain that you can unload later.
New controls, enhanced data binding, and improvements to existing controls make WinForms programming with VS.NET's upcoming version easier and more versatile.
You can use VB.NET or C# to write procedural code and create user-defined types and aggregates in SQL Server.
Gunther Lenz and Thomas Moeller give entry-level programmers an overview of the development model with a .NET influence in their book, .NET - A Complete Development Cycle.
Your first look at IBM Rational PurifyPlus for Windows.
Developer Product Briefs
Take a look at these various add-ins to your Visual Studio .NET environment.
Microsoft has pulled out all the stops in announcing where its development tools are heading, but it's important to keep a sense of perspective.
Chris Dias, group program manager for Visual Basic .NET at Microsoft, talks about the present and future of the language, including the target audience of this tool.
Letters from Readers
Readers react to Alan Cooper's Software Architect column, "The Last Gasp, " even asserting that Alan "must be living on another planet."