I'm going to jump on the "I'm outraged" bandwagon and blog my disappointment, yet again, with the VS.NET team. It's official, you won't be able to use VS.NET 2002 or 2003 with Vista and VS.NET 2005 with SP1 will work but with some "compatibility issues".
Thankfully, the VB6 IDE will work. I bet there are a couple people laughing their asses off at the rest of us right now.
I have to maintain code in 2003 so <insert won't buy your product threat here>.
Anyways, very quickly from the top of my head:
– Visual Source Safe sucks (although 2005 _is_ better)
– Versions of the .NET framework are tied to specific versions of VS.NET
– For all versions of VS.NET, service packs are very few and very very far away (despite serious bugs)
– VS.NET 2005 is still a buggy IDE – I still get compiler errors for things that don't exist, large projects are problematic
– Features which should be IDE features, such as E&C and Refactoring are somehow language features
– Google is faster and better than the integrated help system
– A lot of people are unhappy with the VSTS model and price (though I'm not really one of them)
– VS.NET 2002 and 2003 won't run on Vista
On that last and newest point, I think I see a very unique and good opportunity for JetBrains here…
I would have simply posted my agreement with Frans
and not populated the blogsphere anymore, but anonymous comments are
disabled…I still think 1/2 the bloggers on weblogs.asp.net have no
clue that people can't register…what's the point of blogging if
people can't comment?