Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional



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.

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


Build applications for Windows, the Web, the Microsoft Office system, the .NET Framework, SQL Server, and Windows Mobile with integrated drag-and-drop designers; be part of a community of millions of developers
Visual Studio integrates Visual Basic, Visual C#, and Visual C++ to support a wide variety of development styles; Editor features simplify the cycle of designing, developing, and debugging an application
Deploy client applications easily with ClickOnce, which enables developers and IT Pros to deploy an application and its prerequisites and then ensure that the application remains up-to-date
Build applications which target the .NET Framework, shortening development time by reducing the need for infrastructure code and helping to enhance application security
Use ASP.NET to speed the creation of interactive, highly appealing Web applications and Web services. Master Pages allow developers to easily manage a consistent site layout in one place.


System Requirements

Required Processor Computer with a 1.6 GHz or faster processor
Required Operating System Windows Vista® (x86 & x64) – all editions except Starter Edition OR
Windows® XP (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 or later – all editions except Starter Edition OR
Windows Server® 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 1 or later (all editions) OR
Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64) or later (all editions)
Required Memory 384 MB of RAM or more (768 MB of RAM or more for Windows Vista)
Required Hard Disk Space 2.2 GB of available hard-disk space, 5400 RPM
Required Connectivity Internet access (Connect time charges apply)
Required Video Card 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display, Additional features may require Internet access. Fees may apply.


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