Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition, OLP-NL, Sngl

Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison
Data Sheet
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Table of Contents
General ..........................................................................................................................................................................4
Languages ..................................................................................................................................................................4
Project System ...........................................................................................................................................................4
Extensibility................................................................................................................................................................5
External Tools ............................................................................................................................................................5
Environment Options.................................................................................................................................................6
Setup Experience .......................................................................................................................................................7
Help System ...............................................................................................................................................................7
Basic Tools .....................................................................................................................................................................8
Code Editing Tools .....................................................................................................................................................8
Refactoring Tools .......................................................................................................................................................9
Debugging Tools ......................................................................................................................................................10
Build and Deployment Tools ....................................................................................................................................13
64-Bit Development .................................................................................................................................................14
Data-Related Tools ......................................................................................................................................................15
Data Tools ................................................................................................................................................................15
XML Tools ................................................................................................................................................................15
Reporting Tools ........................................................................................................................................................16
Platform Tools .............................................................................................................................................................17
Office Development .................................................................................................................................................17
Smart Device Development .....................................................................................................................................19
Web & WCF Development .......................................................................................................................................20
Windows Development ...........................................................................................................................................21
Advanced Tools............................................................................................................................................................24
Distributed System Design Tools .............................................................................................................................24
Database Development Tools ..................................................................................................................................25
Code Analysis Tools .................................................................................................................................................26
Code Profiling Tools .................................................................................................................................................27
Code Quality Tools ...................................................................................................................................................28
Appendix ......................................................................................................................................................................31
Item Templates ........................................................................................................................................................31
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General
Languages
Visual Studio provides several programming
languages for software development
JScript 8.0 is an open implementation of JavaScript
for creating active online content for the Web
Visual Basic 2008 is an evolution of the Visual Basic
language that is engineered for productively building
type-safe and object-oriented applications
Visual C# 2008 brings the expressiveness and
elegance of C-style languages to enable rapid
application development for the .NET Framework
Visual C++ 2008 provides a powerful and flexible
development environment for creating Microsoft
Windows–based and Microsoft .NET–based
applications
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Project System
Use the Project System to manage items required by
your development effort, such as references, data
connections, folders, and files
Auto-Convert Projects enables you to easily move
projects based on the .NET 2.0 Framework to .NET
Framework 3.5
Multitargeting Support enables you to target your
code to a specific version of the .NET Framework
Service Reference adds references to Windows
Communication Foundation (WCF) services
Solution Explorer provides an organized view of a
solution's projects and files
Solutions can contain multiple projects that you can
open, close, and save together
Upgrade Wizard enables you to open a Visual Basic
6.0 project in Visual Basic 2008 and step through the
upgrade process
Visual Studio Conversion Wizard enables you to
convert a solution or project to the project file
format that is used by this version of Visual Studio
Web References enable you to use objects and
methods provided by a Web service in your code
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Extensibility
Visual Studio is a highly-extensible and automatable
integrated development environment
Add-Ins enable you to create Visual Studio add-ins to
extend or automate the functionality of Visual Studio
Macros and Macros IDE enable you to create,
manipulate, edit, and run macros to automate Visual
Studio using Visual Studio’s automation model
Visual Studio Add-in project template for creating an
Add-in loadable into both the Visual Studio and the
Visual Studio Macros IDE
VSPackages enable you to create software modules
for extending Visual Studio with UI elements,
services, projects, editors, and designers
Wizards enable you to extend or automate the
functionality of Visual Studio using programs that
lead a user through a series of actions to accomplish
a complex, repetitive, or difficult task
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External Tools
Visual Studio includes a number of core external
tools to aid in developing and debugging your
applications
.NET Framework Tools make it easier for you to
create, deploy, and manage applications and
components that target the .NET Framework (see
.NET Framework Tools)
ATL/MFC Trace Tool displays debug trace messages
in the ATL and MFC sources
Create GUID generates a GUID based on specified
criteria
Dotfuscator Community Edition enables you to
protect your managed application from reverse
engineering
Error Lookup retrieves a system error message or
module error message based on the value entered
External Tools dialog box enables you to add tools to
the Tools menu, which you can then launch from
within Visual Studio
Source Control Integration enables two options:
source control solution based on the Source Control
Plug-in API (formerly known as the MSSCCI API), or a
source control VSPackage
Spy++ provides a graphical view of the processes,
threads, windows, and window messages of a system
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External Tools
Visual Studio includes a number of core external
tools to aid in developing and debugging your
applications
Team Explorer Integration enables you to install
Team Explorer for use with Team Foundation Server,
which also requires a Team Foundation Server CAL
Team Foundation Server CAL included for accessing
Team Foundation Server
Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition
included when purchasing Visual Studio Team System
Editions with an MSDN Premium Subscription
Visual Studio 2008 Image Library is a collection of
over 1,800 application images and videos you can use
to create applications that look visually consistent
with Microsoft software
Visual Studio Command Prompt opens a command
prompt and sets the environment for using Visual
Studio 2008 command-line tools
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Environment Options
The many settings available enable you customize
Visual Studio to better match your development style
Add-Ins/Macro Security options enable you to
define security settings for running add-ins and
macros in Visual Studio
AutoRecover options enable you to specify whether
or not files are automatically saved periodically while
they are open, and whether restore modified files if
Visual Studio shuts down unexpectedly
Documents options to control the display of
documents in Visual Studio and manage external
changes to documents and files
Filtered Options enables you to simplify the options
available to a subset of those available
Fonts and Colors options enables you to establish a
custom font and color scheme for various user
interface elements in Visual Studio, including syntaxspecific fonts and colors
General options enable you to specify some basic IDE
options, such as document UI, application
animations, and file associations
Import and Export Settings Wizard enables you to
export settings, import settings, or overwrite your
settings by using a predefined settings collection
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Environment Options
The many settings available enable you customize
Visual Studio to better match your development style
International Settings options enable you to change
the default language when you have more than one
language version of Visual Studio installed
Visual Studio Settings enable you to choose from a
number of predefined IDE settings
Web Browser options enable you to sets options for
both the internal Web browser and Internet Explorer
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Setup Experience
Visual Studio Setup provides a consolidated setup
experience
Express Setup provides the most streamlined setup
experience with a lightweight download and the
fewest decisions to make during setup
Full Setup provides the most control over which
components to install during setup
Simplified Setup provides some customization over
which components to install during setup
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Help System
Visual Studio uses MSDN Library for integrated and
comprehensive documentation
Document Explorer provides a way of interacting
with the help topics that are written for various
products and technologies
Dynamic Help window automatically displays links to
Help, training, and other topics, based on the context
of what you are doing in Visual Studio
MSDN Express Library is an abridged version of the
MSDN Library that is specially tailored for the Visual
Studio Express products
MSDN Library is an essential resource for developers
using Microsoft tools, products, and technologies
(available as a separate download, but not included
with Express or Standard editions)
MSDN Library Online provides online access to
MSDN Library content
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Basic Tools
Code Editing Tools
The ability to write and modify text and code is a
core function of Visual Studio 2008
Auto Using to detect when your code is missing a
using statement to qualify a data type
Bookmark window to display and navigate to
bookmarks in your code
Bookmarks enable you to mark lines of code and
navigate to them
Class Designer provides a visual design surface called
a class diagram that you can use to work with classes
and other types in a project
Class View displays the symbols defined, referenced,
or called in the application you are developing
Code Colorization colorizes code tokens and
constructs so they are easier to scan and read
Code Definition window is a read-only editor view
that displays the definition of a symbol in a code file
stored in, or referenced by, the active project
Code Snippets Manager to add folders to the folder
list that the Code Snippet Picker scans for XML
.snippet files
Code Snippets provide a way for you to insert readymade snippets of code into your projects
Document Outline window provides an outline view
of elements and scripts in the current document
Find All References enables you to find every line of
code that references a particular class or member
Generate Method Stub is an IntelliSense Automatic
Code Generation feature that provides an easy way
to create a new method declaration when writing a
method call
IntelliSense accelerated development by making
language references easy to access and use
Metadata as Source enables you to view metadata
that appears as C# source code in a read-only buffer
Object Browser enables you to explore available
objects and their members
Organize Usings enables you to sort using statements
and remove unused usings
Properties window enables you to view and change
the design-time properties and events of selected
objects that are located in editors, designers, and
other tools windows
Property Manager enables you to modify project
settings that are defined in property sheets
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Code Editing Tools
The ability to write and modify text and code is a
core function of Visual Studio 2008
Resource Editors are specialized environments for
creating, modifying, and previewing resources
included in a Visual Studio project
Source Code and Markup Formatting enables the
text editor to format source code and markup on a
per language basis
Surround-With Code Snippets enable you to wrap
selected lines of code a code snippet
Tag Navigator represents the element that is
currently selected in the document and the hierarchy
of parent tags to which it belongs
Task List window helps you create and manage a list
of programming tasks
Toolbox displays icons for items that you can add to
the various design surfaces in Visual Studio
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Refactoring Tools
Refactoring tools help you improve your code after it
has been written by changing its internal structure
without changing its external behavior
Encapsulate Field refactoring enables you to quickly
create a property from an existing field, and then
seamlessly update your code with references to the
new property
Extract Interface refactoring provides an easy way to
create a new interface with members that originate
from an existing class, struct, or interface
Extract Method refactoring provides an easy way to
create a new method from a code fragment in an
existing member
Promote Local Variable to Parameter refactoring
provides an easy way to move a variable from a local
usage to a method, indexer, or constructor
parameter while updating the call sites correctly
Remove Parameters refactoring provides an easy
way to remove parameters from methods, indexers,
or delegates
Rename refactoring provides an easy way to rename
identifiers for code symbols such as fields, local
variables, methods, namespaces, properties, and
types
Reorder Parameters refactoring provides an easy
way to change the order of the parameters for
methods, indexers, and delegates
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Debugging Tools
Debugging tools in Visual Studio 2008 enable you to
observe the run-time behavior of your program and
locate logic errors
Attach to Local Process enables you to attach the
debugger to any process on the local computer
Attach to Remote Process enables you to attach the
debugger to processes on remote computers that
have been set up for remote debugging
Autos window displays variables used in the current
statement and the previous statement
Breakpoints enable you to tell the debugger that an
application should break, pause execution, at a
certain point
Breakpoints window lists all breakpoints currently
set in your program and displays their properties
Call Browser window enables you to search for
function calls, and then browse the search results
and easily navigate to the function references in your
source code files
Call Stack window displays a list of all active
procedures or stack frames for the current thread of
execution
Debugger Visualizers create a dialog box or other
interface to displays a variable or object in a
meaningful way that is appropriate to its data type
(Visual Studio includes four: text, HTML, XML, and
dataset)
Disassembly window shows assembly code
corresponding to the instructions created by the
compiler
Dumps enable you to save program information for
debugging at a later time
Edit and Continue is a time-saving feature that
enables you to make changes to your code during a
debugging session, instead of having to stop,
recompile your entire program, and restart the
debugging session (32-bit development only)
Error List window displays the Errors, Warnings, and
Messages produced as you edit and compile code
Exception Assistant is a debugging tool that provides
details about exceptions when they occur, including
the exception message, troubleshooting tips, and a
task-oriented list of corrective actions to take
Find Symbol Results window lists search results for
the Find Symbol tab of the Find and Replace window,
the Find All References shortcut menu command in
the Object Browser, Class View, or the Code Editor
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Debugging Tools
Debugging tools in Visual Studio 2008 enable you to
observe the run-time behavior of your program and
locate logic errors
Immediate window enables you to enter expressions
to be evaluated or executed by a development
language
Just-In-Time Debugging launches the Visual Studio
debugger automatically when a program, running
outside Visual Studio, encounters a fatal error
Locals window displays the local variables and their
values in the current stack frame
Managed Debugging enables you to debug managed
applications, or applications written in languages that
target the common language runtime, such as Visual
Basic, C#, and Managed Extensions for C++
Memory window displays large buffers, strings, and
other data that do not display well in the Watch or
Variables window
Mini-dumps contain pertinent data during a crash
that show the call stack and symbols, just as if the
crash had occurred on the developer's machine while
debugging within Visual Studio
Mixed-Mode Debugging enables you to debug a
mixed-mode application, which is any application
that combines native code with managed code (32bit development only)
Modules and Symbols window enables you to load
and unload the symbols for a module
MPI Cluster System Debugging enables you to debug
parallel programs that run on a cluster of computers
communicating through the Message Passing
Interface (MPI)
Multithreaded/Multiprocess Debugging is easier
with an improved Threads window and other user
interface improvements to make multithreaded
debugging easier
Native Debugging enables you to debug native
applications, which are applications written in C/C++
NTSD Command Support enables you to use the
Immediate window for NT Symbolic Debugger (NTSD)
commands, which can help with debugging usermode applications
Object Test Bench enables you to create instances of
your project's objects for simple object-level testing
Output window displays status messages at run time
Processes window shows all processes that you have
attached to or launched from Visual Studio
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Debugging Tools
Debugging tools in Visual Studio 2008 enable you to
observe the run-time behavior of your program and
locate logic errors
Registers window enables you to see register values
change as your code executes with recently changed
values appearing in red
Remote Debugging enables debugging of a computer
or device from another computer
Script Debugging enables you to find and correct
errors in scripts written in VBScript or
JScript/JavaScript, including supports for debugging
of client-side scripts in ASP.NET pages
SQL-CLR Debugging enables you to debug various
kinds of CLR database objects, including stored
procedures, triggers, user-defined scalar functions,
user-defined table-valued functions, user-defined
aggregates, and user-defined types
Step-Into Web Services enables you to attach to a
Web service to debug a Web service call
Symbols Server Support enables you to
automatically download the proper symbols for
various Microsoft operating systems, as well as
MDAC, IIS, ISA, and the .NET Framework
Threads window lists all of the threads for the
current process and information about them
Tracepoints enable you to create breakpoints with a
custom action associated with it
T-SQL Debugging enables you to debug various kinds
of T-SQL database objects, including stored
procedures, triggers, user-defined functions, and
extended stored procedures
Watch window displays the values of selected
variables or watch expressions and only updates
when execution is stopped at a breakpoint or
exception
XSLT Debugger enables you to debug a style sheet, to
debug an XSLT transformation invoked from another
application, and to view XSLT output
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Build and Deployment Tools
The tools provided with Visual Studio 2008 enable
you to control builds and deploy applications &
components
CAB Project project template for creating a CAB
project to which files can be added
ClickOnce deployment enables you to publish
Windows-based applications to a Web server or
network file share for simplified installation
ClickOnce Security Setting enables you to specify the
code access security permissions that your ClickOnce
application requires to run
Compiler Support for Any CPU enables you to
compile your managed application to run on any CPU
Copy Web Site tool enables you to copy files
between the current Web site and another site
Database Publishing Wizard (Publish to provider)
enables you to generate scripts for databases and
objects inside of databases
Merge Module Project project template for creating
a Windows Installer Merge Module project to which
files can be added
Pre/Post Build Event Commands enable you to run
scripts, macros, or other actions before or after the
compilation process
Publish Web Site utility precompiles the pages and
code that are in the Web site and writes the compiler
output to a folder that you specify
Setup Project project template for creating a
Windows Installer project to which files can be added
Setup Wizard project template for creating a
Windows Installer project with the aid of a wizard
Smart Device CAB Project project template for
creating a CAB project to deploy Pocket PC,
Smartphone and other Windows CE-based
applications
Strong Name Signing enables you to strong-name
sign your application, deployment manifests and the
assembly, which gives your software components
globally unique identities that cannot be spoofed
Web Setup Project project template for creating a
Windows Installer web project to which files can be
added
Windows Installer deployment enables you to create
installer packages to be distributed to users, who run
the setup file and step through a wizard to install the
application
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Visual Studio enables you to create applications that
take advantage of 64-bit capabilities and run
specifically on Windows 64-bit computers
64-Bit Debugging (X64) enables you to debug 64-bit
applications running on Windows 64-bit computers
locally or remotely (remote debugging not available
in Express and Standard Editions)
64-Bit Debugging (IA64) enables you to debug 64-bit
applications running on Windows 64-bit computers
remotely
64-Bit Visual C++ Tools in Visual Studio enable you to
compile your application to target Windows 64-bit
computers
Compiler Support for 64-Bit Managed Applications
enables you to compile your managed application to
target 64-bit versions of the .NET Framework on
Windows 64-bit computers when you install Visual
Studio on Windows 64-bit computers
Profiler 64-Bit Support (X64 only) for both the 64-bit
applications that run on Windows 64-bit computers
and 32-bit applications that run on WOW64
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Data Tools
Data tools help you build applications that access
data, including LINQ, which brings new query
capabilities to C# and Visual Basic
Data Sources window displays the data sources in
your project for creating data-bound controls
Database Explorer enables you to open data
connections and to log on to servers and explore
their databases
Database Project project template for direct
manipulation of database objects and data
Dataset Designer is a set of visual tools for creating
and editing typed datasets and the individual items
that make up datasets
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition is a
compact database that can be deployed on desktop
computers, notebooks, smart devices, and Tablet PCs
Object Relational Designer provides a visual design
surface for creating LINQ to SQL entity classes and
relationships based on objects in a database
Query and View Designer enables you to create
views and queries and return results for modification
Server Explorer enables you to open data
connections and to log on to servers and explore
their databases and system services
SQL Server Express is a client database platform
modeled after Microsoft SQL Server 2005
SQL Server Project project template for creating
classes to use in a SQL Server
SQLMetal command-line tool can be used during
build to generate classes from existing databases for
use in LINQ to SQL applications
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XML Tools
Visual Studio 2008 includes a number of tools to help
you work with XML documents, schema, and data
Create XSD Schema from an XML Document enables
you to create XSD schema from an XML document by
inferring one from the data in the XML document,
converting an external DTD and internal subset, or by
converting an inline XDR schema
XML Editor supports XML syntax checking, schema
validation and IntelliSense, XML snippets, DTDs, XSD
schemas, conversion of DTDs and XDRs schema to
XML Schema, and document outlining
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XML Tools
Visual Studio 2008 includes a number of tools to help
you work with XML documents, schema, and data
XSLT Editing Enhancements in the XML Editor
includes syntax coloring, XSLT syntax checking,
standalone XSLT debugging, XSLT debugging
integrated with the CLR, and script block support
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Reporting Tools
Visual Studio 2008 includes tools to help you create
reports in your applications
Crystal Reports Application project template for
creating an application with a Windows user
interface and a sample Crystal Report
Crystal Reports for Visual Studio includes the ability
to create reports, connect them to a
CrystalReportViewer control, and interact with
reports using the Crystal Reports SDK
Reports Application project template for creating an
application with a Windows user interface and a
Report
Visual Studio Report Designer enables you to create
robust reports from relational and multidimensional
data sources
Visual Studio Report Wizard is a tool that enables
you to create the client report definitions (.rdlc) files
associated with ReportViewer controls
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Platform Tools
Office Development
The Visual Studio Tools for Office enable you to write
applications that take advantage of functionality in
the Microsoft Office system
Excel 2003 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Excel 2003
Excel 2003 Template project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Excel 2007 template
Excel 2003 Workbook project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Excel 2007 workbook
Excel 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Excel 2007
Excel 2007 Template project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Excel 2007 template
Excel 2007 Workbook project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Excel 2007 workbook
InfoPath 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for InfoPath2007
InfoPath 2007 Form Template project template for
creating managed code extensions behind a new or
existing InfoPath form template
Microsoft Office System 2003 Primary Interop
Assemblies contain type definitions (not
implementation) of types defined by Microsoft Office
System 2003
Microsoft Office System Runtime includes managed
assemblies that provide the communication layer
between your solution and the Microsoft Office
application
Outlook 2003 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Outlook 2007
PowerPoint 2003 Add-in project template for
creating a managed code add-in for PowerPoint 2003
PowerPoint 2007 Add-in project template for
creating a managed code add-in for PowerPoint 2007
Project 2003 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Project 2003
Project 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Project 2007
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Office Development
The Visual Studio Tools for Office enable you to write
applications that take advantage of functionality in
the Microsoft Office system
Shared Add-in project template for creating an Addin loadable into multiple Microsoft Office
applications
SharePoint 2007 Sequential Workflow project
template for creating a SharePoint sequential
workflow
SharePoint 2007 Sequential Workflow project
template for creating a SharePoint sequential
workflow
SharePoint 2007 State Machine Console Application
project template for creating a state machine
workflow console application
SharePoint 2007 State Machine Workflow project
template for creating a SharePoint state machine
workflow
SharePoint 2007 State Machine Workflow project
template for creating a SharePoint state machine
workflow
Visio 2003 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Visio 2003
Visio 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Visio 2007
Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system
help you extend applications in Microsoft Office 2003
and the 2007 Microsoft Office system using Visual
Basic and Visual C#
Word 2003 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Word 2003
Word 2003 Document project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Word 2003 document
Word 2003 Template project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Word 2003 template
Word 2007 Add-in project template for creating a
managed code add-in for Word 2007
Word 2007 Document project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Word 2007 document
Word 2007 Template project template for creating
managed code extensions behind a new or existing
Word 2007 template
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Smart Device Development
Tools and frameworks that help you develop
applications for Pocket PC, Smartphone, and other
Windows CE .NET-based platforms
ATL Smart Device Project project template for
creating Windows Mobile and other Windows CEbased devices that uses the Active Template Library
Device Emulator is a desktop application that
emulates the behavior of a Windows CE- or Windows
Mobile-based hardware platform
MFC Smart Device ActiveX Control project template
for creating an ActiveX control for Windows Mobile
and other Windows CE-based devices that uses the
Microsoft Foundation Class Library
MFC Smart Device Application project template for
creating an application for Windows Mobile and
other Windows CE-based devices that uses the
Microsoft Foundation Class Library
MFC Smart Device DLL project template for creating
a dynamic-link library for Windows Mobile and other
Windows CE-based devices that uses the Microsoft
Foundation Class library
Smart Device Project project template for creating
Smart Device applications
Win32 Smart Device Project project template for
creating a Win32 or Console project for Windows
Mobile and other Windows CE-based devices
Windows CE Remote File Viewer displays a
hierarchical view of the file system on a target device
Windows CE Remote Heap Walker displays
information about heap identifiers and flags for each
process that is running on a target device and about
system memory that a process uses
Windows CE Remote Process Walker displays
information associated with each process that is
running on a target device
Windows CE Remote Registry Editor displays the
registry for a target device and lets you add, delete,
and modify registry keys and registry entries
Windows CE Remote Spy displays messages received
by windows associated with applications that are
running on a target device
Windows CE Remote Zoom-in displays a screen
image from a target device
Windows Mobile 5.0 SDKs for Pocket PC and
Smartphone are required to develop applications for
Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices, which are based
on Windows CE and .NET Compact Framework
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Tools and frameworks that help you develop
applications for Pocket PC, Smartphone, and other
Windows CE .NET-based platforms
Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Standard SDKs
include additional emulators and tools that take
advantage of features in Windows Mobile 6
(available separately)
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Web & WCF Development
Visual Studio 2008 includes enhancements and new
features for improved Web development and
Windows Communication Foundation development
Apply Styles window enables you to create, modify,
and apply CSS styles
ASP.NET AJAX Server Control Extender project
template for building an ASP.NET AJAX server control
extender
ASP.NET AJAX Server Control project template for
building an ASP.NET AJAX server control
ASP.NET AJAX Support enables you to quickly create
Web pages that include a rich user experience with
responsive and familiar user interface (UI) elements
ASP.NET Crystal Reports Web Site project template
for creating an ASP.NET Web Site with a sample
Crystal Report
ASP.NET Reports Web Site project template for
creating an ASP.NET Web site with a report
ASP.NET Server Control project template for
creating controls to use in Web applications
ASP.NET Web Application project template for
creating an application with a Web user interface
ASP.NET Web Service Application project template
for creating Web services
ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool provides a
Web interface for managing the configuration
settings of an individual Web site
ASP.NET Web Site project template for creating a
blank ASP.NET Web site
Configure Service Reference dialog box enables you
to configure the behavior of WCF services
CSS Properties window shows you the styles that are
used by the current selection in a Web page, the
order of precedence for the styles, and enables you
to add, modify, and create new inline styles
Direct Style Application toolbar enables you to apply
or remove class-based or ID-based styles, and to
create and apply new styles
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Visual Studio 2008 includes enhancements and new
features for improved Web development and
Windows Communication Foundation development
Empty Web Site project template for creating an
empty Web site
Generate Local Resources creates a local resource
files (.resx) for all localizable properties in an ASP.NET
Web page and its controls
Manage Styles window enables you to move styles
from an inline style sheet to an external style sheet,
or vice versa
Markup Validation works like a spell checker to
examine the markup and adds wavy red lines under
the elements or attributes that are not valid based on
schemas for commonly used browsers and standards
Table Designer provides a table editor that allows
you to edit HTML tables visually
WCF Service project template for creating WCF
services
WCF Service Host automatically starts to host WCF
services locally for debugging without writing extra
code or committing to a specific host during
development
WCF Service Library project template for creating a
WCF service class library DLL
WCF Test Client enables you to input test
parameters, submit that input to a WCF service, and
view the response that the service sends back
Web Content Accessibility Checker provides an
accessibility validation tool to check HTML markup
for conformance to accessibility guidelines
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Windows Development
Visual Studio 2008 offers several ways to develop
Windows-based applications that run locally on
Windows computers
Activity Designer enables you to create your own
custom workflow activities
ATL Project project template for creating a project
that uses the Active Template Library
Class Library project template for creating a class
library DLL
Console Application project template for creating a
command-line application
Custom Wizard project template for creating a
custom application wizard
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Windows Development
Visual Studio 2008 offers several ways to develop
Windows-based applications that run locally on
Windows computers
Empty Project project template for an empty project
for creating a local application
Empty Workflow Project project template for
creating an empty project for creating a workflow
Makefile Project project template for using an
external build system
MFC ActiveX Control project template for creating
an ActiveX control that uses the Microsoft
Foundation Class Library
MFC Application project template for creating an
application that uses the Microsoft Foundation Class
Library
MFC DLL project template for creating a dynamic-link
library that uses the Microsoft Foundation Class
library
Sequential Workflow Console Application project
template for creating a sequential workflow console
application
Sequential Workflow Service Library project
template for creating a sequential workflow exposed
as a WCF service
Sequential Workflow Library project template for
creating a sequential workflow library
State Machine Workflow Designer is a visual
designer that you can use to create a state machine
workflow
State Machine Workflow Library project template
for creating a state machine workflow library
State Machine Workflow Service Library project
template for creating a state machine workflow
exposed as a WCF service
Syndication Service Library project template for
creating a syndication service exposed as a WCF
service
Visual Studio Extensions for Windows Workflow
Foundation Designer is a visual designer that you can
use to create a workflow
Win32 Console Application project template for
creating a Win32 console application
Win32 Project project template for creating a Win32
application, console application, DLL, or static library
Windows Forms Application project template for
creating an application with a Windows user
interface
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Visual Studio 2008 offers several ways to develop
Windows-based applications that run locally on
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Windows Forms Control Library project template for
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Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Designer
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Windows Service project template for creating
Windows services
Workflow Activity Library project template for
creating a library of activities which can later be
reused as building blocks in workflows
WPF Application project template for creating a
Windows Presentation Foundation client application
WPF Browser Application project template for
creating a Windows Presentation Foundation
browser application
WPF Custom Control Library project template for
creating a Windows Presentation Foundation custom
control library
WPF User Control Library project template for
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Distributed System Design Tools
Use the Distributed System Design tools to design,
evaluate, and implement application systems
Application Design project template to define and
connect underlying applications for designing
systems
Application Designer to visually define serviceoriented applications and generate code
Bind Application to identify that an application will
be deployed on a particular server in the logical
datacenter diagram
Configure Connections to External Databases on the
application diagram to visualize, document, connect
them to applications that reference them, and
include them as part of an application system design
Conform .NET Web Service Endpoints to WSDL Files
to conform operation signatures to those described
in the WSDL file
Custom Prototypes enable you to create custom
prototypes from applications, logical servers, zones,
and endpoints already defined on their respective
diagrams or install those created by other users
Define Deployment dialog box to create a
deployment diagram using an application diagram, or
system diagram
Deployment Designer to validate application designs
against a target datacenter and identify issues before
deployment begins
Generate Deployment Report to assist you in
creating an installation script from structured XML
information in the report
Implement Application from application diagrams to
create the appropriate project for that application
and can include code or class files, configuration files,
and any other needed resources
Logical Datacenter Design project template to design
a logical datacenter for validating system deployment
Logical Datacenter Designer to visualize the logical
structure of datacenters, specify operational policies
and validate applications before deployment
Reverse Engineer Projects in Existing Solutions
enable you to reverse-engineer projects whose
application types can be visualized on an application
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evaluate, and implement application systems
Settings and Constraints Editor to specify
requirements on the hosting environment in the
Application Designer, or to specify constraints of the
hosting environment in the Logical Datacenter
Designer
Synchronize with Datacenter to synchronize
deployment diagrams with logical datacenter
diagrams
System Design project template to define the current
system by adding and connecting systems or
applications, which enables a top-down design
approach
System Designer to compose applications into
systems or reusable subsystems and validate the
resulting configurations
Validate Diagram validates the deployment diagram
to find constraint violations between the applications
and logical servers
Version to assign major and minor versions to
diagrams for informational purposes
Web Service Details window to review, define, and
edit operations and their parameters for Web service
provider endpoints on ASP.NET applications
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Use the Database Development tools to create and
maintain databases and manage data-driven
applications
Add Database Reference to refer to an object in
another database from a database project
Advanced Database Tools to validate SQL syntax,
execute database queries and scripts, and examine
result sets
Custom Data Generators to extend the data
generation capabilities of the standard data
generators
Data Compare to compare the data between two
databases that have the same schema
Data Generation to fill a test database with test data
that is appropriate for the schema of the database
but unrelated to the production data
Database Refactoring to automatically update
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Use the Database Development tools to create and
maintain databases and manage data-driven
applications
Database Schema Build & Deployment Tools to
deploy a new database, or changes to an existing
database, from your database project to a database
server
Database Unit Testing to establish a baseline state
for your database and then to verify any subsequent
changes you make to database objects
Offline Database Schema to make database schema
changes in an isolated development environment
Project Version to change the database project
between SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
Schema Compare to compare the schemas of two
databases and then decide whether to apply some or
all schema objects from the source to the target
SQL Server 2000 project template to create a project
that represents a Microsoft SQL Server 2000
database schema
SQL Server 2000 Wizard project template to
automate creating a SQL Server 2000 database
project, optionally importing a schema from a
database, and configuring your build settings
SQL Server 2005 project template to create a project
that represents a Microsoft SQL Server 2005
database schema
SQL Server 2005 Wizard project template to
automate creating a SQL Server 2005 database
project, optionally importing a schema from a
database, and configuring your build settings
T-SQL Editor to modify definitions of database
objects such as tables, views, indexes, stored
procedures, etc
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Use the Code Analysis tools to analyze your source
code for potential issues arising from common coding
errors
Auto-Suppress Generated Code Option to
automatically suppress error messages from
generated code, which is especially useful for
designer-generated code
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Use the Code Analysis tools to analyze your source
code for potential issues arising from common coding
errors
C/C++ Code Analysis tool to identify possible defects
in C/C++ source code caused by common coding
errors, such as buffer overruns, un-initialized
memory, null pointer dereference, memory and
resource leaks
Code Analysis Check-In Policy to requires that code
analysis is run prior to check-in (This features
requires Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team
Foundation Server)
Code Metrics to identify complex, difficult to
maintain, and error-prone code by measuring class
coupling, depth of inheritance, cyclomatic
complexity, lines of code, and a maintainability index
Managed Code Analysis tool to analyze managed
assemblies and reports information about the
assemblies, such as violations of the programming
and design rules set forth in the Microsoft .NET
Framework Design Guidelines
Spelling Checker with Custom Dictionary Support to
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Use the Code Profiling tools to identify performance
bottlenecks in your applications
Application Verifier to quickly find subtle
programming errors in C++ applications that can be
extremely difficult to identify with normal application
testing, such as errors caused by heap corruption,
incorrect handle and critical section usage
Compare Reports enables you to compare a report
either by using the Performance Explorer or the /diff
on options from the VSPerfReport command
Compressed Report Files to generate small
compressed report files that open up quickly
Copy Report View Data to HTML enables you to copy
and paste rich data (tables with headers and values)
from the performance reports
Filtered Analysis to filter performance reports on
timestamp, process, thread, and marks
Hot Path to automatically expand the most
expensive code path in the call tree and allocation
view of the performance report
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Use the Code Profiling tools to identify performance
bottlenecks in your applications
Line-Level Sampling to determine where in the code
of a processor-intensive function the processor has
to spend most of its time
Load and Web Test Integration enable you to create
performance sessions for Web and Load tests from
Test View and Test Results (requires Development
and Test Edition, or Team Suite)
Portable CPU Counters decouples some of the
performance counters and abstracts common
performance counter data
Profiler Runtime Control to pause and resume
performance data logging to focus data collection on
times of interest
Profiling Tools Report to view and analyze
application performance problems
Profiling Tools to detect application performance
bottlenecks using lower-overhead sampling for
relative performance data, or higher-overhead
instrumentation for more exact measurement
Report Noise Reduction limits the amount of data in
performance reports to help make performance
problems more prominent
Runtime Profiling Control window displays a list of
marks available to add to the performance report
Stand-Alone Profiler to analyze application
performance in the absence of the Visual Studio
development environment
Windows Communications Foundation Profiler
Support enables profiling of Windows
Communications Foundation (WCF) code
Windows Counter Support enables the profiler to
collect Windows counters during performance
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Use the Code Quality tools to create and work with
test that can help assess the quality of your
applications
Add a Test Result to a Work Item to add test results
to a work item (This features requires Visual Studio
Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server)
Associate a Work Item to a Test to establish a
trackable relationship between tests and work items
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Code Quality Tools
Use the Code Quality tools to create and work with
test that can help assess the quality of your
applications
Call a Web Test from a Web Test enables you to
modularize Web tests to compose complex Web
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Code Coverage to measure the effectiveness of tests
on a line-by-line or even a block-by-block basis
Code Coverage Results window to view statistics
about the elements tested in a test run
Create a Work Item from a Test Result to create a
work item directly from a test result, using the Test
Results window (This features requires Visual Studio
Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server)
Create Private Accessor to regenerate a unit test's
private accessors if you modified a private method in
the tested code
Create Unit Tests dialog box to select which items to
create unit tests for from a list of namespaces and
their contents (methods, properties, etc.)
Custom Host Adapters enable you to run tests in an
environment other than the default test environment
Easier Load Test Analysis enables you to quickly
understand load test results
Generic Tests to wrap external programs and tests
that were not originally developed for use in the
Team System testing tools
Load Modeling enable you to control the load
modeling in load tests that you run
Load Test Results Repository Management to more
easily access the repository for load test results
Load Tests to run a series of Web tests or unit tests,
which operate under multiple simulated users over a
period of time, for both performance and stress tests
(for increased-capacity load testing, see Visual Studio
Team System 2008 Test Load Agent)
Manual Tests to create tests that are difficult or
impossible to automate, such as when the
connection between the computer and its power
supply is interrupted, or when you want to test for
user interface details or behavior, or to refine or
examine your test environment at a specific point in
the testing process
Ordered Tests to execute a series of tests in a
particular order and manage that series as a single
test
Publish Test Results to share results with other
team members (This features requires Visual Studio
Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server)
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Use the Code Quality tools to create and work with
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Smart Device Unit Testing enables you to run unit
tests on devices
Test Class Inheritance to support an inheritance
hierarchy for test classes
Test Generation Settings dialog box to change
configuration settings for the current test
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Test List Editor to logically group tests and then work
with those tests as groups instead of individually for
improved test case management
Test Project project template for creating a project
that contains tests
Test Results window to view the results of test runs,
and to pause, continue, stop, and re-run test runs
Test Run Configuration Editor dialog box to specify
global settings that affect details of how tests are run
Test Runs window to view the status of active,
queued, and completed test runs on the local
computer or on a set of remote computers
Test View window to run and edit tests
Testing Check-In Policy to require that check-in tests
(defined with a test list) are run prior to check-in
(This features requires Visual Studio Team System
2008 Team Foundation Server)
Unit Test Data Binding enables you to bind a unit
test to a data source, including CSV files and XML
files, using a wizard
Unit Testing to exercise source code by directly
calling the methods of a class, passing appropriate
parameters, and test the values that are produced
against expected values
View Test Results Details to view details of the run of
an individual test, including error messages
Web Test Data Binding enables you to use data
binding in Web tests
Web Test Validation Rules enable you to use Web
test results to control Web test program flow
Web Tests to test the functionality of Web
applications using a series of HTTP requests
XML File Converter Utility to convert Visual Studio
2005 Team Edition for Testers test results files Visual
Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition
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Item Templates
Item templates range in complexity from a single
empty file to a multi-file item containing source code
files with stub code and more
About Box creates an About Box form for Windows
Forms applications
Action Pane Control creates a class for creating an
actions pane control using the visual designer
AJAX Client Behavior creates an AJAX client behavior
for use in AJAX enabled Web applications
AJAX Client Control creates an AJAX client control for
use in AJAX enabled Web applications
AJAX Client Library creates a file for creating an AJAX
client library for use in AJAX enabled Web
applications
AJAX Master Page creates an AJAX enabled Master
Page for Web Applications
AJAX Web Form creates an AJAX enabled form for
Web Applications
AJAX-enabled WCF Service creates a service for
providing data to an AJAX page
Application Configuration File creates a file for
storing application configuration and settings values
Application Diagram creates a diagram for defining
and visualizing applications in the solution
Application Manifest File creates a collection of
settings including User Account Control for Windows
applications
ASP.NET Server Control creates a class for creating
an ASP.NET server control
Assembly Information File creates a file containing
general assembly information
Bitmap File creates an empty bitmap file
Blank Performance Session creates a blank
performance session
Browser File creates a file for defining browser
definitions
C++ File creates a file containing C++ source code
Class creates an empty class definition
Class Diagram creates a blank class diagram
Code File a blank C# or Visual Basic code file
COM Class creates a class that can be exposed to
COM
Component Class creates a CLR component class
Configuration file creates an empty configuration file
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Item templates range in complexity from a single
empty file to a multi-file item containing source code
files with stub code and more
Crystal Report creates a Crystal Report file that
publishes data to a Windows or Web form
Cursor File creates an empty cursor file
Custom Control creates a class for creating a userdrawn Windows Forms control
Database Unit Test creates a database unit test to
exercise database objects
DataSet creates a DataSet for using data in your
application
Debugger Visualizer creates a simple debugger
visualizer
Dialog creates a dialog for Windows Forms
applications
Explorer Form creates a skeleton explorer form with
a tree view and navigation controls
Frameset creates an HTML file that hosts multiple
HTML pages
Generic Handler creates a page for implementing a
generic handler
Generic Test is an existing program wrapped to
function as a test in Visual Studio
Global Application Class creates a class for handling
Web Application events
Header File creates a C++ header file
HTML Page creates a blank HTML file
Icon File creates an empty icon file
Inherited Form creates a new form based on an
existing Windows Form
Inherited User Control creates a new control based
on an existing Windows Form control
Installer Class creates a CLR installer class
Interface creates an empty interface definition
JScript File creates a script file containing JScript code
LINQ to SQL Classes creates LINQ to SQL classes
mapped to relational objects
Load Test creates a load test file
Local Database Cache creates a settings file, local
database, and dataset for client-server data
synchronization
Local Database creates an empty SQL Server
Compact Edition database for local data
Logical Datacenter Diagram creates an empty
diagram for defining a logical datacenter
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Item templates range in complexity from a single
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files with stub code and more
Login Form creates a login form for collecting a
username and password
Manual Test creates a Word or text document for
capturing manual test instructions
Master Page creates a Master Page for Web
Applications
MDI Parent Form creates a skeleton form for a
Windows Forms Multiple Document Interface
application
Midl File creates an Interface Definition Language file
Module creates a file for storing groups of functions
Module-Definition File creates a DLL export
definition file
Nested Master Page creates a Master Page which
inherits from another Master Page
Ordered Test creates a test to execute a set of
existing tests in an order you specify
Outlook Form Region creates a class for creating an
Outlook form region
Performance Wizard creates a performance session
using the wizard
Property Sheet creates a Visual C++ project property
sheet file
Registration Script creates an Active Template
Library registration script file
Report creates an empty Report file for creating a
report using Microsoft reporting technology
Report Wizard creates a new report using Report
Wizard
Resource File creates a file containing Win32
resources
Resource Template File creates a file that contains
Win32 resource templates
Resources File creates a file for storing managed
resources
Ribbon (Visual Designer) creates a control that
provides a visual designer for basic Ribbon
customization tasks
Ribbon (XML) creates a class for creating basic and
advanced Ribbon customizations by using XML
Service-based Database creates an empty SQL Server
database for service-based data access
Site Map creates a file used to create a site map
Skin File creates a file used to define an ASP.NET
theme
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Item templates range in complexity from a single
empty file to a multi-file item containing source code
files with stub code and more
Splash Screen creates a form preconfigured for use
as a splash screen
SQL Server Database creates an empty SQL Server
database
Static Discovery File creates a Web Service static
discovery file
Style Sheet creates a cascading style sheet used for
rich HTML style definitions
System Diagram creates an empty diagram for
designing a system containing applications and other
systems in the solution
Test Run Configuration creates a configuration file
with settings about how test runs shall be processed
Text File creates a plain text file
Transactional Component creates a class for creating
transactional logic
Unit Test creates an empty unit test class declaration
Unit Test Wizard uses a code generation wizard to
create a unit test
User Control creates a reusable Windows Forms
control
WCF Service creates a class for creating a WCF
service
Web Configuration File creates a file used to
configure Web Application settings
Web Content Form creates a form for Web
Applications that is built from a Master Page
Web Form creates a form for Web Applications
Web Service creates a visually designed class for
creating a Web Service
Web Test opens Internet Explorer to record a Web
test
Web User Control creates an ASP.NET server control
created using the visual designer
Windows Form creates a blank Windows Form
Windows Script Host creates a file containing script
that is run a Windows program
Windows Services creates a class for creating
Windows services
WPF Custom Control creates a WPF customer control
WPF Flow Document creates a dynamically
formatted XAML document
WPF Page creates a blank WPF page
WPF Page Function creates a WPF page function
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Item Templates
Item templates range in complexity from a single
empty file to a multi-file item containing source code
files with stub code and more
WPF Resource Dictionary creates a XAML resource
dictionary
WPF User Control creates a WPF user control
WPF Window creates a WPF window
XML File creates a blank XML document
XML Schema creates a file used to define a schema
for XML documents
XSLT File creates a file used to transform XML
documents
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