So I just watched the video (thanks Julia) for the VB.NET Whidbey. My ears hurt from the scretching, and my eyes hurt from squinting, and I had a good chuckle at how easy those smart tags are working :)
I'll have to see the smart tag data binding stuff to believe it doesn't suck, but the debugging features I have to admit are looking pretty swell. I never much relied on edit and continue in VB6 to fix bugs, but it was definitely nice to have available when you forgot a slash in a path, or notice you needed to add something while debugging.
I knew I shouldn't have watched the video though, because now I'm itching to get my hands on it and play around. It's like sneaking a look at christmas presents or something.
If anyone has some info on how to get involved with the beta for Whibdey, I'd love to hear it of course :)