In text:

1. Download “mysql-connector-net-6.2.2-src.zip”  from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/ and extract the zip file.  Note that we need ‘src’ version of library if we want to debug in visual studio.

2. Open your Visual Studio Solution and add  “Mysql.data.csproj”  located at  “MySql.Data\Provider\” inside the extracted archive.

3. Add this project’s reference to your project (mysql.data).

4. Now you can debug into mysql.data methods.

Some of the new features in VS 2008 that makes you happy are

(List taken from wonderful Blogs of ScottGu and Brad Adams)

  • Support for .NET 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 runtimes
  • JavaScript intellisense
  • Much richer JavaScript debugging
  • Nested ASP.NET master page support at design-time
  • Rich CSS editing and layout support within the WYSIWYG designer
  • Split-view designer support for having both source and design views open on a page at the same time
  • A much faster ASP.NET page designer – with dramatic perf improvements in view-switches between source/design mode
  • Automated .SQL script generation and hosting deployment support for databases on remote servers
  • LINQ support

Go check it out!