We had a superb holiday last week in Yorkshire and amazingly it was reasonably dry which was handy as the house has a tiny beck behind it which apparently can become “huge”. I am still catching up on stuff but I was pleased to see SP1 shipped last week. SP1 really is not a ordinary Service Pack – it is a significant feature pack which extends the capabilities of VS2008 significantly. IMHO it is a must have download for a developer building .NET Framework 3.5 applications.
The important downloads are:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Preparation Tool Handy If you previously installed a beta of Service Pack 1.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with Service Pack 1 Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with Service Pack 1.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Installer) Apply SP1 to Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit Which Includes presentations, hands-on labs, demos, and event materials which you may find useful.
P.S. I remember 10 years back standing up and saying to a bunch of developers “We know that we are abusing Service Packs by adding significant new features. We will work to stop that and create a new parallel capability called a Feature Pack”. At the time I remember thinking “blimey – that sounds hugely complex to do as machine installs will diverge significantly over time”. Oddly enough – it still hasn’t happened 🙂