As I am sure most of you are aware, Microsoft has released the VS 2008 IDE to
MSDN subscribers yesterday. I decided to give it a download and take it for a
twirl. I thought I would must dump a few random thoughts from my hour or so of
'playing' with it.
- It appears to be running MUCH faster. However, keep in mind I have not
opened any large projects in it yet. And, this is installed inside a new VM
- Opening VS2005 project/solution files seems to work without a hitch (as it
should). I was able to open up and convert an existing project with no
- Automatic properties are kinda cool. I think this feature will be extremely
useful in reducing unneeded code. But if you do anything in your properties
beside get/set values this new language feature will do you no good.
- Object Initializes are kinda cool, but I am not 100% convinced of their
usefulness. I am not saying there is NO need for this feature, but I am not
really sure what value it adds. Also, if you DON'T have a empty default
constructor, you CANNOT use this new feature.
- Extension methods are cool, but I can see this new feature being the singly
most abused feature. Give the man a hammer and everything becomes a
Anyway, thought I would just share my initial random thoughts on VS 2008.
And kudos to MS, they released a product early for once. Well, at least early
based on the product name :)
Till next time
11-20-2007 8:35 PM