VS 9(2008) and DotNet 2

Can I use VS 9 in a 2.0 envrionment

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#1 Mr_Mom   User is offline

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VS 9(2008) and DotNet 2

Posted 04 June 2008 - 10:11 AM

Hello,

I apologize in advance if this isn't the correct forum, though it seems to be the best fit.

I have just started a position as an Application Developer for my local government. They currently use the dotnet 2 framework, VS 8(2005), and VB.Net. In 6 months we split and I can use whatever I want (C#, 3.5, 2008)

What I would like some insight on is this: What issues or hurdles would I have if I used vs 9(2008) to develop the one joint project I must do for them. Can I just make sure I only use the 2.0 framework. If my question is not making a lot of sense I apologize and please state so so I can try and clarify. I am a relatively new programmer and would appreciate being able to use what I am most comfortable with.

Along with that I am , essentially, forced to use Vista which seems to have no end of issues with VS2005. I seem to have overcome most of them so far but, alas. Finally, all web development here strongly uses the ASP AJAX controls which I know are integrated in 2008. I downloaded what I hope is the counterpart for 2005 but at this point am not positive.

Thank you for any one who has the patience to read this mess, decipher it for ignorance and then explain some differences between using vs 8 or 9 and staying on DotNet 2, for now.

--Patrick

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Re: VS 9(2008) and DotNet 2

Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:12 PM

As far as I know, VS2008 is supposed to support targeting different versions of the .Net framework (2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 I believe) To that end there really shouldn't be any problems using it to develop 2.0 apps. The only problem you may have is that I'm not sure if the project file itself is backwards compatible. If you create a project in vs2008 you may not be able to open it in vs2005. All the code should work fine, but you may have to import the individual files into a new 2005 project.

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Re: VS 9(2008) and DotNet 2

Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:14 PM

Projects aren't backward compatible, if you create a new project in VS2008 you cannot open it in VS2005
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:25 PM

So if I am understanding you correctly the ONLY issue would be that the other developers would have to import individual pieces into there VS 2005 and not the whole project.

http://www.west-wind...sts/234883.aspx

This seems to support that somewhat.

Probably a really dumb question but how do I ensure I am only using 2.0 framework in 2008 and nothing from 3.x?

Thanks for your time!
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Re: VS 9(2008) and DotNet 2

Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:50 PM

As an update to this thread see the following link:

http://home.hot.rr.c...ctConverter.htm

I just found this and will be testing it shortly but I thought people might be interested.

Thanks,
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