Well, it shipped.
Isn’t that great given the recurring problem at Redmond : nothing ever ships? As we speak, Visual Studio 2005 is out there … in the real world. Now duck!
News.com reports this, “Microsoft has rejected a request from developers to push back delivery of its oft-delayed Visual Studio 2005 in order to fix bugs. … Through a feedback form on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site, developer customers asked Microsoft to release a third beta of Visual Studio 2005, which is due for completion on Nov. 7.”
VS is so buggy it’s generated a barrage of howls from developers in many quarters. Even that shrinking violet, Mini-Microsoft has this to say :
If you can’t trust your compiler, man, your whole world starts falling apart. All of you Microsofties posting “whoo-hoo, we shipped!” to your blog I hope are going in next week and, after the cheering, put deep concerted effort into creating a near-term service pack for VS. I know we wander around joking that Orcas will really be a big service pack for VS 2005, but as of this week, no one is laughing. Our customers ~ our developers ~ deserve a lot better quality and we need to react quickly to avoid a deepening distrust.
Dear O dear! We need a service pack before we’ve had the service? There could be an infinite regression coming on here.