I’m back…and Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 shipped

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:

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 🙂

Comments (1)

  1. Mike A. says:

    Yep, tried installing the Service Pack 1 on Windows Server 2008 x64, yep no joy. Though the installation of WS2008 was no fun either.

    From memory it was installing dotnetfx35.exe was failing saying that v2.1 was available for Vista x64…bizarre..

    Had to drop back to XP x64, all running okay.

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