The Wait Is Over?

by Frank La Vigne

Over a year and a half ago at DevDays 2004, I got my first look at Whidbey, the codename for the software that eventually become known as Visual Studio 2005. That day, I walked away with a Community Technology Preview (CTP) DVD.

That night, when I first installed it, I was totally amazed buy the advances made in ASP.NET 2.0. Master Pages and the login controls alone seemed like it would make my day to day work a million times earier.

I couldn't wait to start developing in it.

Today, I watched the live webcast of the Visual Studio Launch, which included both Steve Ballmer and a performance by Cheap Trick. Cheap Trick played a song and Mr. Ballmer refrained from dancing or any other on stage antics.

VS 2005 was released to MSDN subscribers last week and during that time, I've had a chance to play around with it. Unfortunately, I've not had a chance yet to do much professionally with it.

Between March 2004 and last week, I've downloaded, installed, and tinkered with countless CTPs, Beta's and Release Candidates. When Beta 2 came out, Microsoft did something somewhat unprecendented: a Go-Live license on a beta 2 product. The anticipation was building.

The reality was that no client wanted to assume the additional risk of building on top of a beta platform, no matter how stable Microsoft said it was.

Now that the 2005 suite of tools and toys are out, surely, this will change, even if not overnight. Most of my ongoing projects will switch over in the next month or two. Any new projects from this point on will likely start with VS 2005.

So, what's another month or two, if I've already waited this long.

So, when do you think your first professional VS2005 project will start?