VB2008 Outperforms VB2005! (Lisa Feigenbaum)

Looking for another reason to upgrade to 2008? How about performance! In addition to making tasks easier for you from release to release, another way we can save you time and make you more productive is by making the product faster! This is a goal we are very commited to on the VB team, and for which we have dedicated an entire virtual team for the Orcas release. Take a look at the stats below to see some interesting improvements.

[**DISCLAIMER: The data posted here is what I have observed from comparing 2 runs in our internal labs. These are my observations using two large customer solutions on a specific machine. Some people will have faster systems and some will have slower. Also, the work required for each operation will differ based on your solution. Thus, your results may be better or worse. The interesting thing is to look at the improvement between versions on identical hardware. I am posting this data to try and give you a general idea of the changes – but these numbers are by no means meant to be used as an industry standard.

For those interested, here’s some data on the solutions and machine that I used… One solution contains 29 projects and 2772 files, with xml comments on all methods and types. The other solution used contains 783 files. The machine has the following specs: Dual Core Pentium-D – 3.0GHz, 1GB RAM, 10K RPM HD. OS=XP. These are one of many machine specifications that we use for our internal performance testing.]

Scenario VB2005 Time (ms) VB2008 Time (ms) VB2008 is x times faster than VB2005 (2005 time/ 2008 time) VB2008 takes x% as much time as VB2005 (100% * 2008 time/ 2005 time)
Build a large project (using background compilation) 222206.25 1352.88 164.25 0.61%
Build a large multi-project solution (explicit build operation) 1618604.75 57542.75 28.13 3.56%
Build a large multi-project solution (using background compilation) 222925.50 19861.88 11.22 8.91%
Responsiveness after adding a member to a class 327.00 36.50 8.96 11.16%
Responsiveness after opening a project 255551.25 38769.38 6.59 15.17%
Invoke Intellisense to see a list of types (first time) 1192.50 530.5 2.25 44.49%
Edit-and-Continue in a solution with xml comments (first time) 441.25 210.5 2.10 47.71%
Responsiveness after changing a method statement 390.25 236.38 1.65 60.57%
10 Steps in the debugger (subsequent times) 1850.75 1167.13 1.59 63.06%
Invoke Intellisense to see a list of types (subsequent times) 79.25 51.5 1.54 64.98%
F5 when the solution is already built (subsequent times) 385.20 278.7 1.38 72.35%
Item gets added to the Error List after making an error 531.25 394.5 1.35 74.26%
10 Steps in the debugger (first time) 1336.50 1150 1.16 86.05%
Responsiveness while background compiling on an open solution 4803.00 4284.75 1.12 89.21%
Load a large solution (subsequent times) 13667.5