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Hi, I've been coding in VB 2005 (WinForms) for a while now and have begun to hear a little about VB 2008. I'd like to seek the advice of those more familiar with both development environments, so that I can begin to assess whether making a switch is warranted at this time. -- Having said that, VB 2005 is working for me and I don't think I'm missing anything...unless the new additions to VB 2008 are so spectacular that they warrant changing.

So, I have a couple of specific questions:

1). Is VB 2008 fully released, or is it still in Beta?
2). What are the main differences between VB 2005 and VB 2008?
3). From a development perspective, is one product better than the other?
4). Is code migrated easily from VB 2005 to VB 2008, or do I have to edit my VB 2005 code to fit a VB 2008 model?
5). How much better is the VB.NET 3.0 Framework than that or VB.NET 2.0, which is what I use today?
6). Are there any instability or compatibility issues that you know about?
7). Which one do you prefer and why?

Thanks,
Fulano
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by:jpaulino
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Hi Mr_Fulano,

That's allot of questions :)

1) Is its full release and you already have a SP for it
2) Some optimizations in the IDE but mainly the Framework 3.5 as new thecnologies like LINQ and WPF.
3) Yes, sure.
4) You can target your application to work with .Net Framework version 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5
5) Like point 2 you have LINQ, WPF, Labda Expressions, etc, etc. Some are improvemens but this are new and really nice.
6) Not there I know after the SP release
7) 2008
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by:Mr_Fulano
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Hi Jpaulino,

It's all one big question....: )

Just as a clarification...what can I do with VB2008 that I cannot do with VB 2005?

Fulano
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Fulano,
In just some words ... you can use the new Microsoft technology, like I have said before, LINQ (language-integrated query), WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), Anonymous types, new properties contructors, lambda expressions, extensions, etc, etc.
Check this links from Microsoft:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vs2008/products/bb894690.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386063.aspx
 
 
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by:Mr_Fulano
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Good suggestions and advice. Thank you!
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