Playing with VS.NET 2008 ..

I’ve been playing a bit with VS.NET ’08 June CTP lately and noticing several nice improvements – the Cider WPF add-in especially seems to have better integration with the code window.  For example, double clicking on an element now creates the code-behind handler (finally!).

The layout support is much better as well – you finally get the drag handles and positioning lines.


The property sheet seems a bit sketchy right now – I see how Blend has certainly influenced it (as the code apparently is coming from that product), but I find Blend to be easier to work with there.  No support for Data Providers either which is a bummer.

Bindings are still not as nice as Blend; manual addition seems to be the only way to do them at this point, however Intellisense is *much* better now.  There’s also a nice zoom bar present which allows fine-detail work to be done when drawing graphical elements (such as Control Templates or even just 2D/3D shapes).

Overall, I’m seeing some good progress – here’s hoping for more as the product matures!

About Mark Smith

Windows systems developer with low-level operating system, threading and .NET experience. For the past several years I have been involved with WPF/Silverlight and most recently iOS and Android. I have worked as an architect and designer for several companies and am particularly interested in client/server and graphical solutions. Specialties:.NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows, iOS

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