One of the great benefits of Visual Studio 2008 is the ability for it to target multiple .Net Frameworks. This means, in theory you could go ahead and begin using Visual Studio 2008 even though you still need to write apps that are 2005 / .Net 2.0 compliant. You might be tempted to go ahead and uninstall 2005. And that would be fine if you are only doing .Net development. But wait…
If you are still doing SQL Server BIDS (Business Intelligence Developer Studio) then don’t uninstall Visual Studio 2005! Currently there’s no support in VS2008 for doing SQL Server 2005 BIDS Development. If you uninstall VS2005 you won’t be able to do any more BIDS work. Trust me, I found out the hard way.
After uninstalling VS2005, I went to do a BIDS project and that’s when I got hit with the nasty surprise. The uninstall had also removed the Dev Environment that was shared with BIDS. I tried to rerun the install of my SQL Server Developer Edition, but for some reason it thought I wanted to upgrade. It kept giving me the message “You cannot upgrade a version of SQL Server from the GUI, you must use the command line.”
I finally had to reinstall VS2005, along with all it’s service packs. After that I was able to work on my BIDS projects again. So take it from me, if you are still doing SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence projects, Visual Studio 2005 still has some life in it yet.
On Thursday night, January 24th 2008 the BUG.NET group in conjunction with Microsoft is sponsoring a Visual Studio 2008 Loadfest. Bring your laptop or desktop and lets load VS 2008 on it! The first 75 people to register will get a free copy of VS2008. In addition there will be some fun and games, there will be several XBox 360’s and huge TVs to play games on. (Sorry, no give aways of the XBoxes or TVs, but you still get to have fun with them.)
The event will begin at 6:30 pm across from the New Horizons training center, and will last about 2 hours. (See the link below for more details and directions).
To attend and get your free copy of VS2008 you must register! Go to
No cost, but like I said you must register. See you there!
Just thought I’d pass along an upcoming event, on Thursday January 17th 2008 Doug Turnure will be presenting a technical overview of Visual Studio 2008 at the IPSA (Internet Professional Society of Alabama). Doug’s will be talking about new features and designers in VS2008, LINQ, and will even be giving away a couple of copies of VS2008. RSVP ahead of time at the IPSA site, especially if you want to purchase a lunch.
I wrote yesterday about the release of VS2008 RTM. Today Channel 9 has some good learning resources for the new Visual Studio. Start here:
There are links from here to lots of other videos, as well as a VS2008 Training Kit.
They’re here! Today Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008 RTM. If you have an MSDN subscription you can download today and start producing all those new .Net 3.5 applications.
Also released today via the connect.microsoft.com site is CTP 5 of SQL Server 2008. It’s my understanding in this CTP most of the features are working, except for clustering.
I can see I won’t be getting any sleep tonight.
I think I may have just discovered the most useful blog on the internet for Visual Studio developers. Sara Ford, who just took over as Program Manager for Code Plex (http://www.codeplex.com) posts a “Visual Studio Tip of the Day”. They are short but wow are they useful. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this gem before today, but hey better late than never.
Go read her blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/default.aspx and tell her “Go Sara Go!”
Holy Frameworks Batman! The news is spreading quick, Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing the source code, complete with comments and debugger support. Now you and I will be able to step into those framework classes in an effort to debug our apps and maybe even learn something. This will be part of the VS2008 Orcas release.
Check out the announcement on the ScottGu blog at
Shawn Burke has details on his blog:
Channel 9 video at:
Scott Hanselman also has the scoop on his podcast:
This ranks in the uber-cool category.