VS 2008: The MIA Features: Table 1: What's Missing from the Final Visual Studio 2008 RTM Feature Set.

To make VS 2008's projects 2007 release date, some features were cut, others were delayed, and a few related products went into limbo. Here's a list of the most important MIA elements, their current status, and expected fate.

Feature or Product Status as of VS 2008 RTM Expected Fate
Entity Framework/Entity Data Model Removed from VS 2008 Release with SQL Server 2008 in first half of 2008
Visible foreign-key values as Entity Framework option Requested during beta 1 Unknown; not present in beta 2
LINQ to SQL multi-tier implementation for WCF Missing in v 1.0 Perhaps in v 2.0
Mini, connectionless, serializable DataContext for LINQ to SQL (for multi-tier deployment and mocking) Missing in v 1.0 Perhaps in v 2.0
LINQ to SQL support for database schema changes Missing in v 1.0 Perhaps in v 2.0
LINQ to SQL support for value types Missing in v 1.0 Perhaps in v 2.0
Project Jasper No release for Orcas beta 2 or RTM Triage pending
LINQ to XSD Updated to Orcas beta 1 only Plans for resuscitating incubator project
XML Schema Designer VS 2005-style designer missing Web release in 2008
Plain Old XML (POX) wire format for ADO.NET Data Services (formerly Project Astoria) Requested during CTP Unknown
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