Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

The Visual Studio Service Pack 1 is here, hooray... We'll see what it brings, but I won't be surprised if its installation disclaimer contains a phrase like "don't expect it to solve any of your problems". According to some bloggers, you should uninstall May LINQ CTP before you install this one... Now, I'm sure I do have some of LINQ CTP's installed, but I haven't the faintest which one it is since LINQ is in its own brand of chaos with various plugins, addins and designers all being of different versions (so, is the september designer CTP the one that works with may LINQ CTP? I think I have a september CTP of something...)

But that's OK, LINQ is a pre-release software and you're expected to have some trouble with it. On the other hand, Service Pack 1 is kind of a post-release, so... We'll see. For the time being, I heard that its installation takes longer than the initial Visual Studio installation. This is because it -- according to Microsoft -- does more tasks than the original installation which just copies files. Makes sense when you say it that way. The Beta 1 had a different explanation, they said it was slow because it's beta. Some guys say you have to uninstall SP1 beta before you install this one, this could mean even more wasted time. Not cool if it's true.

And, last but not least, I'm almost looking forward to having this installation reset my Visual Studio UI again. I've lost my Debug/Exceptions, Attach To Process and various Build menu commands so many times just thinking about it happening again makes me laugh (I haven't restored them this time, so go hide them if you can!) I don't think I care anymore.

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