The teams at Microsoft officially released the Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008, TFS, and the .NET Framework 3.5. You can download the bits from MSDN or TechNet.
Although the official RTM announcement was made today, some of the release bits actually shipped with the SQL Server 2008 RTM which was released 5 days earlier. If you downloaded SQL Server 2008 prior to today, and already had Visual Studio 2008 installed, you may have encountered some issues during the setup. You might have also noticed that Visual Studio 2008 RTM had a few issues connecting to SQL Server 2008. The SP1 should address these compatibility issues and bring both platforms up to speed.
So what's new in this SP1 for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio:
- ASP.NET Dynamic Data - data scaffolding and quick automated, template-driven CRUD web sites
- ADO.NET Data Services - query you sql server data store using REST-based URIs.
- ASP.NET Routing Engine - map incoming URLs to route handlers for "beautiful" URLs on your web applications (oh and REST, too)
- Improved AJAX script support for browser history (back/fwd buttons), and script combining for fewer (and cacheable) script resource requests to the web server
- New WindowsForms controls, and significant WPF performance improvements (hardware acceleration)
- WCF scalability improvements and support for the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
- Team Foundation Server improvements
plus...improvements to VB and C# and much more!!!
This SP1 provides a ton of new features, fixes, improvements and enhancements, and makes it well worth the download.
For more details and a more exhaustive list of what's new, check out Scott Guthrie's blog post on the pre-release version. Also, check out Brian Harry's post on today's release with more details on the TFS bits.