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.NET 3.0

Windows Vista heralds a new generation of .NET development, with new user interfaces, building services and workflow capabilities. This Special Report looks at tools and strategies under the .NET 3.0 umbrella that can help simplify your application development. It focuses on coverage from the Tech●Ed 2007 and VSLive! Orlando 2007 conferences and explores a variety of topic areas, including SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the Expression tools suite.

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Muglia Maps Microsoft's 'Journey Towards Dynamic IT'
Tech●Ed 2007 keynote Bob Muglia outlines optimization models aimed at improving ROI in your business apps and unveils future Microsoft products meant to enhance business agility.

Hot at Tech●Ed 2007: SQL Server 2008
Explore new deliverables in the next version of SQL Server, the database formerly know as "Katmai."

Hot at Tech●Ed 2007: The Entity Framework and LINQ
Discover how the Entity Framework and Language Integrated Query (LINQ), which form the Dynamic Development pillar of SQL Server 2008, integrate with SQL Server 2005 and 2000.

Hot at Tech●Ed 2007: SQL Server Compact Edition and OCS
Use SQL Server Compact Edition as a local data cache, and learn how Occasionally Connected System (OCS) technology helps keep local databases current.

Pace of Change Leaves No One Competent
The pace of change is on the verge of putting one-man dev shops out of business; no one is capable of remaining truly competent as a general .NET programmer

Does WPF Matter?
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an interesting technology with a great deal of future potential, but you face some serious obstacles if you want to use it today.

Build Distributed Object-Oriented Apps in .NET 3.0
Rockford Lhotka demonstrates how you can apply WCF, WF, WPF, System.Transactions, and generic and data binding when building distributed apps in .NET 3.0.

WPF: Making It Real
Billy Hollis shows you how to create two real-world WPF apps: a browser-based shopping application and an RSS reader with a scalable, interactive UI.

Windows Vista for Developers
Sam Gazitt walks you through several new user experiences in Vista and illustrates how you can use VS to provide similar experiences in your applications.

WCF for ASMX and Remoting Developers
Richard Hale Shaw outlines key WCF concepts for ASMX and Remoting programmers who are ready to begin migrating to .NET 3.0.

Preview the 'Katmai' Database Engine
Christian Kleinerman gives a first look at the new SQL Server, providing a high-level overview of enhancements to the relational database engine.

Optimize Your WPF Apps
Tim Cahill helps you use WPF to analyze memory allocations, scalability and performance bottlenecks.

Product News
Compuware Announces Application Delivery Management Suite
Make data within each dev phase accessible across the life cycle.

Microsoft Plans Visual Studio Shell
Microsoft will launch a beta of a new SKU of Visual Studio 2008 this summer. This free, scaled-down version of VS will allow you to build functionality atop vertical tools and integrate dynamic languages.

Infragistics Works on Silverlight and ASP.NET Controls
Infragistics is developing tools for Microsoft's Silverlight cross-platform browser plug-in, as well as a new set of server controls that will work on both ASP.NET 2.0 and the upcoming ASP.NET 3.5.

Virtual Vista Versions Revealed
Experiment with Windows Vista or Vista with Visual Studio 2005 for free.

Oracle Expands .NET Offerings
Oracle releases beta versions of free tools for VS developers that improve access to the Oracle 10g database and leverage its forthcoming Oracle 11g database.

Windows Server 2008 Not Delayed
Keith Ward investigates Microsoft's response to growing speculation that Windows Server 2008, formerly "Longhorn," could be delayed until 2008.

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