By Andrew Horne
The first service pack upgrades for .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 feature faster application runtimes and a general upgrade to existing tools. The main new inclusion is a .NET Framework Client Profile, which allows for faster installations on client machines.
The .NET Framework service pack focuses primarily on speed, thanks to a sleeker download. This approach benefits both developers and end-users with faster installation times and runtimes. Among the new features are support for ASP.NET Dynamic Data and support for SQL Server 2008, opening up a new range of options for website development. Other aspects of the service pack include ADO.NET Data Services and ADO.NET Entity Framework, intended to allow greater database abstraction.
Check out George Lawton’s article on the service pack upgrade for more information, plus commentary on the strengths of Entity Framework as opposed to those of NHibernate and other frameworks.