November 2008 - Inside SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 isn't revolutionary by any stretch, but it includes a slew of new features that probably make this a no-brainer upgrade for most developers who rely on previous versions of SQL Server.
Take control of casting exceptions, determine whether parent records have children in LINQ to SQL, and resolve cref references in XML comments.
Mixing generics and functional programming simplifies writing some extensibility libraries tremendously. For example, combining these techniques makes it easy to create a generic Undo library.
Learn how LINQ, extension methods, and lambda functions can help you add a bit of distinction, simplicity, and robustness to your code.
Review of the MadPak bundle.
Details are being released in bits and pieces, instead of Microsoft's usual all-or-nothing approach.
When it comes to new technologies, less is more.
The second part of VSM's Q&A with Richard Hale Shaw discusses how -- and whether -- developers should keep pace with new technologies.