Monday, August 25, 2008

NHibernate 2.0 has been released

NHibernate is a port of the Java Hibernate ORM (Object-Relational Mapper) and has the feature set of Hibernate 3.2.

If you are looking for docs or tutorials, try Fabio's wiki: 

Download here: Files

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SQL Server 2008 released

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008.

Evaluation download available here.

Hardware and Software requirements are here.

Note that if you have Visual Studio 2008 installed, you will need to upgrade to Visual Studio 2008 SP1 before installing SQL Server 2008.

Web Services Security Guide for WCF

Microsoft Patterns and Practices has released the WCF security guide.


Part I, "Security Fundamentals for Web Services"
Part II, "Fundamentals of WCF Security"
Part III, "Intranet Application Scenarios"
Part IV, "Internet Application Scenarios"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 available

VS 2008 SP1 is now available for download with the .NET 3.5 SP1 framework.

More info here.

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 delivers:

  • Improved WPF designers
  • SQL Server 2008 support
  • ADO.NET Entity Designer
  • Visual Basic and Visual C++ components and tools (including an MFC-based Office 2007 style ‘Ribbon’)
  • Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server (TFS) addresses customer feedback on version control usability and performance, email integration with work item tracking and full support for hosting on SQL Server 2008
  • Richer JavaScript support, enhanced AJAX and data tools, and Web site deployment improvements

The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 delivers:

  • Performance increases between 20-45% for WPF-based applications – without having to change any code
  • WCF improvements that give developers more control over the way they access data and services
  • Streamlined installation experience for client applications
  • Improvements in the area of data platform, such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and support for SQL Server 2008’s new features.