The road most traveled...
We are working on a skinning engine for our new site, as we need to allow customers to change the look of the front end for consumers. While looking at chaning values in cascading style sheets, i had two options: a) do a search-and-replace in a template css (1 hour solution) and replace the colors needed or b) do it programmatically (6+ hour solution). Okay, here's where all sanity goes out the window (this is a habit, as I mentioned before): why do the simple one when I can take 10 times as long, use VS.NET, C#, and Regular Expressions? The answer is obvious. So I have been working at home on this for the past week and having a blast. One of the major reasons I chose door B is because I am honing my Unit Testing skills. Don't even get me started on how great I think Unit Testing is. Whoa.
Oh, yeah! I found it interesting that on the front of page of the MSDN subscribers download page it says,
ISO-only format for new Windows software
Due to overwhelming demand for ISO images, we will be moving to an ISO-only format for all Windows images on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. New versions, such as Windows .NET Server, will be posted in ISO-only format, and eventually all products will be ISO format. ISO images are bootable, and can be extracted to CD or a file location by using either CD burning software, or by using a 3rd party utility.
However, one of the first things posted after that message went up was VS.NET 2003 in a self-extracting file. Curious.