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I attended a user group presentation from Daniel Moth last night on Visual Studio 2008 and .net 3.5. I won't go on about the wonders of .net 3.5 as I'm sure you are well aware of them, but what did take me last night was the backward compatibility of it. I knew that VS2008 supported .net 2.0 and 3.0, but wasn’t aware that I could take advantage of so many new features still using .net 2.0.

I would expect javascript intellisense to be supported and CSS, they aren't anything to do with .net, right!

Did you know however that new syntax candy like this are:

  1. Anonymous Types
  2. Automatic Properties
  3. Extension Methods (
  4. Object Initialisers

How? Well in VS2008 there is only 1 compiler, which is the C#3.0 compiler and that is aware of syntax like the above.


Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 9:27 AM User Group , .NET | Back to top

Comments on this post: .net 2.0 in VS2008

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How do you tell VS2008 to use .net 2.0?
Left by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 8:50 PM

# re: .net 2.0 in VS2008
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In the top right hand corner of the new project dialog. You can also change .net 3.5 projects bacl to .net 2.0 from the project property pages.
Left by Steve Clements on Mar 18, 2008 9:13 PM

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