New Features in Visual Studio 2008


Support for Multilingual User Interface
In .NET, we can design applications that can support different locales. Such applications are known as multilingual applications. Localization and Globalization are two other co-related well known terms in this content. Localization is the process of adapting a software application for a specific locale. Globalization on the other hand, is defined as the process of identifying the specific portion of the application that needs to be different for different languages and how to isolate them from the application’s core. Both localization and globalization facilitate internationalization of the software applications designed on top of the .NET Framework.
Multilingual User Interface (MUI) is a great new feature that enables you to change the language of the user interface – the user can change the language so that the texts in the user interface are displayed in the language selected.

Support for Split View Editing – see as you design your web pages
In Visual Studio 2008 we have split view feature which allow us to view both the HTML part and the design part together, and hence we can do changes in any of the views easily as shown in the following screenshot:



References
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386063.aspx
http://msdotnetsupport.blogspot.com/2007/11/22-new-features-of-visual-studio-2008.html

Conclusion
In this article we have had a look at the new features added to Visual Studio.NET 2008 – a much improved counterpart of Visual Studio 2005. There have been a lot of new enhancements that facilitate design and development of applications in .NET – in a sense, Visual Studio.NET 2008 is a developer’s boon indeed. Happy reading!

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