Readers with interests in the area of programming with .NET, C# and other Microsoft technologies will be pleased to hear that Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is now with us. Slated to be released before the end of the year, the development environment's second beta has been announced. Users should expect increasing integration between VS Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, and a whole range of other enhancements.

Microsoft SQL Server Director Tom Rizzo said VS 2005 beta 2 and the new SQL Server 2005 CTP mean both products have entered the final stages of their development cycles.

SQL Server 2005 reached its beta 2 last summer. VS Studio beta 2 gives developers the opportunity to poke and prod the latest code bits and features in the forthcoming development environment.