Well, I’m 1/4 now upgrading the VMs to SP1. The “one” that worked is the one I least expected.
A simple VM used for a basic web project. C#, Web Developer Tools installed—not even joined to the network. No “hotfixes” were installed, but I ran the tool anyway just to be sure. It chugged for a while and then threw an exception. Feeling daring, I went ahead and tried to upgrade to SP1 and it didn’t even detect Visual Studio or .NET 3.5. Hah.
A prototyping VM that I copy web apps onto to run and test—nothing major, just VS2008, C#, web test tools, etc. This one did have SP1 beta on it that I was dinking with as well as various Silverlight tools. The patch removal tool worked just fine. After a reboot, the SP1 installation got about 20% complete then McAfee (mcshield.exe) threw about 70 exceptions all at once and flooded the task bar. The system then BSOD’d and reboot. I tried another couple times to install SP1 (I can’t disable McAfee, ePO prevents it) with no success.
This VM provides a test system for our customers to connect to, evaluate applications, and such. VS2008 and .NET 3.5 (no SP1 beta) was installed more for convenience than anything else. The system isn’t in use for the next few weeks, so worth a shot on this one. I didn’t run the patch removal tool (perhaps that was my mistake) on this workstation and proceeded with installing SP1. About 80% through the installation, devenv.exe crashed and asked to be debugged—of course, when I tried to debug, it crashed. Hah.
This is the one that worked; however, it’s the oddest, most broken of the bunch. It’s had SP1 beta on it, various MVC preview builds, Astoria, bunches of Silverlight tools as well as various libraries and code bunches I have for newsgroup and forum posts. The patch removal tool found a bunch of stuff and remove it without any issues. After the reboot, SP1 installed (took about 45 minutes) and the system reboot.
And it works…
I still have a few VMs left to dink with and plan to throw it on my development workstation later this week after I wrap up a few projects and have some down time (I had planned to rebuild the entire workstation anyway—so good opportunity).
I hope, after I find some basic installation method, to have time to dig in to the features…
The blogs are abuzz this morning after the first beta release of the VS2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1. Download it here.
In my opinion, this isn’t a service pack—this is a new version!
There are quite a few bug fixes (what you normally associate with a service pack), but also a huge list of new additions and improvements.
Traditionally our service packs address a range of issues found both through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing. While this service pack holds true to that theme and delivers updates for these types of issues, it also builds on the tremendous value that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 deliver today and enables an improved developer experience by adding a number of additional components that cover a range of highly requested customer features. For example, the service pack is the first release for Visual Studio 2008 that delivers full support for SQL Server 2008 and the ADO.NET Entity Framework.
I’ve posted a few links at the end of the post to the more extensive sources right now, take a look and get ready for the plunge.
So, what am I most excited about?
- ADO.NET Entity Framework – I’m hoping that the “real” release motivates Oracle to develop provides for the entity framework and my dream of LINQ-esque connections to Oracle will be realized.
- ASP.NET Routing Engine – As the MVC framework gets closer to a production reality, it’s very motivating to see the underpinnings already in place.
- VS2008 Performance Improvements – Anything has to be an improvement.
- LINQ Debug Support – Very nice, love seeing the generated SQL right there at debug time.
There are also lots of updates to WCF and WPF. Hopefully this summer I’ll have more time to use these .NET 3.0 technologies and maybe be a bit more excited.
Visual Studio 2008 GUI/Tools
The Web Developer Tools team has released a comprehensive list of designer bug fixes, IIS templates and modules, formatting changes, intellisense upgrades, and more on their blog.
MVC and URL Routing
Phil Haack details the effects of the URL routing changes on the MVC Preview releases as well as how it affects the upcoming Preview 3.
ScottGu, as always does an excellent job tying everything up together—designer, framework, and tooling.
Now, if ReSharper 4.0 would EVER get to RTW before we’re ready to VS2009, it’d be super!