Aaron Stebner has a blog post on how to uninstall old Visual Studio 2005 betas and ctps to make your computer clean and ready for the RTM. Make sure you read it if you have installed a previous version.
Linq refresh for Visual Studio 2005 RTM version is already available. That was fast. Download it here.
Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are available for download on MSDN. MSDN is (obviously) overloaded thus you have to be persistent to start downloading. Good luck and have fun with .net 2.
I have been playing with WPF (latest CTP) (Windows Presentation Foundation aka Avalon) for few days now and I have yet to see a generic parameter in there. Actually I didn’t paying that much attention – but now, when I think about it, I can’t remember seeing generics anywhere. Just object type parameters and return values.
Ever wanted to create a project or item template for Visual Studio.NET easily? In both Visual Stuiod 2002 and 2003 there was no easy way. OK, depends on what do you deem easy. Anyway, if you wanted to modify or create a project template you had to do it manually, perhaps using Notepad and creating appropriate files under [Program Files]\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\VC# folder (when using C# and VS .NET 2003).
Fortunately Visual Studio 2005 introduce more help in building templates. Just create a project, customize it as you wish, replace fixed text with template parameters and use File\Export Template… menu command. A wizard will appear and guide you through the process (clicking next, finish will also do – no need to enter anything as defaults might be ok). Yes, it is simple as that.
You’ll probably wonder what files and where are actually created. There are good news, too.
- Template files are zipped into one file – no more messing around with many files.
- Template zip file is placed into [My Documents]\Visual Studio 2005\Templates and a copy in [My Documents]\Visual Studio 2005\My Exported Templates folders. So you can easily spot your templates.
Thanks to Rob Relyea for the tip.
If you are into WinFX for whatever reason make sure you check out RoadToWinFX community site.
Seems that MS is delaying Visual Studio 2005. Oh well, if I’ve waited for few years I guess I can wait for a day or two.
The wait is over. According to this post MS will make Visual Studio 2005 available to MSDN subscribers on 14th October. Less than 10 days from now.
Sahil posted two photos of ado.net guys at MVP Summit 2005. You can find them here.
Here is the link to the bunch of pictures taken at the MVP Summit 2005.