Whidbey also will feature support for generics and partial classes, Bixhorn said. Meanwhile Orcas will support things like managed interfaces based on managed code, enhanced user interface features, an improved data model and other new capabilities tied to the Longhorn operating system, which is expected in 2005.Bob Picciano, director of database technology at IBM, said, "We thought it would be good to take DB2 and bring it to the Visual Studio Net program. We wanted to extend Visual Studio .Net to be a premier applications development environment for DB2." Leon Katsnelson, senior product manager of DB2 at IBM in Somers, NY, told the VSLive! audience: "The most important constituent of the DB2 family is you the Visual Studio .Net developer." Katsnelson said IBM includes support for DB2 CLR (Common Language Runtime) stored procedures, where a developer can load the Microsoft CLR into the DB2 address space and then use any CLR-supported language to build applications. Click here for the full copy of Microsofts developer tools roadmap. Microsoft also announced the expansion of its Visual Studio partnering program, renamed the Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program from the Visual Studio Integration Program. Microsoft started the VSIP program in 1999, and it now has more than 175 partners who have delivered more than 300 products around the Visual Studio platform, said Marie Huwe, a general manager in Microsofts Developer and Platform Evangelism division.
To illustrate some of the broad industry support for the Visual Studio .Net technology, Microsoft had IBM Corp. on hand at the event to demonstrate the integration of IBMs DB2 database with .Net.