VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

I'm very pleased to announce that the Beta 2 release of VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta2 is now available for download.  You can download the Visual Studio 2008 product here.  You can alternatively download the smaller VS 2008 Express Editions here

VS 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express can be installed side-by-side with VS 2005.  .NET 3.5 Beta2 also includes a go-live license which allows you to build and deploy applications into production.

Very Important: Please read my "Installation Notes" at the bottom of this blog post for a few post-installation steps you must make to ensure everything runs well.  One of these steps fixes a side-by-side issue we found with ASP.NET AJAX. 

Quick Tour of Some of the New Features for Web Development

Over the last few months I've written several blog posts that discuss some of the new improvements in this release.  Below is a quick summary list of several of them that I have already published.  This list is by no means exhaustive - there are a lot more things I haven't had a chance to blog about yet (stay tuned for more posts!):

VS 2008 Multi-Targeting Support

VS 2008 enables you to build applications that target multiple versions of the .NET Framework.  You can learn more about how this works from my blog post here:

VS 2008 Web Designer and CSS Support

VS 2008 includes a significantly improved HTML web designer.  This delivers support for split-view editing, nested master pages, and great CSS integration.  Below are two articles I've written that discuss this more:

ASP.NET also has a new <asp:ListView> control that I'll be blogging about in the near future.  It delivers very flexible support for data UI scenarios, and allows full customization of the markup emitted.  It works nicely with the new CSS support in VS 2008.

ASP.NET AJAX and JavaScript Support

.NET 3.5 has ASP.NET AJAX built-in (and adds new features like UpdatePanel support with WebParts, WCF support for JSON, and a number of bug fixes and performance improvements).  VS 2008 also has great support for integrating JavaScript and AJAX into your applications:

I will be doing a blog post in the next few days that talks more about some of the ASP.NET AJAX specific improvements, as well as how to upgrade existing ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 applications to use them.

Language Improvements and LINQ

The new VB and C# compilers in VS 2008 deliver significant improvements to the languages.  Both add functional programming concepts that enable you to write cleaner, terser, and more expressive code.  These features also enable a new programming model we call LINQ (language integrated query) that makes querying and working with data a first-class programming concept with .NET. 

Below are some of the articles I've written that explore these new language features using C#:

Data Access Improvements with LINQ to SQL

LINQ to SQL is a built-in OR/M (object relational mapper) in .NET 3.5.  It enables you to model relational databases using a .NET object model.  You can then query the database using LINQ, as well as update/insert/delete data from it.  LINQ to SQL fully supports transactions, views, and stored procedures.  It also provides an easy way to integrate business logic and validation rules into your data model.  Below are some of the articles I've written that explore how to use it:

I'll be adding several more articles to my series above in the weeks ahead.  I think you'll find that LINQ to SQL makes it dramatically easier to build much cleaner data models, and write much cleaner data code.

Lots of other improvements

The list above is only a small set of the improvements coming.  For client development VS 2008 includes WPF designer and project support.  ClickOnce and WPF XBAPs now work with FireFox.  WinForms and WPF projects can also now use the ASP.NET Application Services (Membership, Roles, Profile) for roaming user data. Office development is much richer - including support for integrating with the Office 2007 ribbon.  WCF and Workflow projects and designers are included in VS 2008.  Unit testing support is now much faster and included in VS Professional (and no longer just VSTS).  Continuous Integration support is now built-in with TFS.  AJAX web testing (unit and load) is now supported in the VS Test SKU.  And there is much, much more...

Important Installation Notes - PLEASE READ!

There are two important things you should do immediately after installing VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta2:

1) You should download and run this batch file.  This takes only a few seconds to run, and fixes an issue we found earlier this week with the version policy of System.Web.Extensions.dll - which is the assembly that contains ASP.NET AJAX.  If you don't run this batch file, then existing ASP.NET 2.0 projects built with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 and VS 2005 will end up automatically picking up the new version of ASP.NET AJAX that ships in .NET 3.5 Beta2.  This will work and run fine - but cause you to inadvertently introduce a .NET 3.5 dependency in the applications you build with VS 2005.  Running the batch file will change the version binding policy of the new System.Web.Extensions.dll assembly and ensure that you only use the new .NET 3.5 ASP.NET AJAX version with projects that you are explicitly building for .NET 3.5.

2) If you have ever installed a previous version of "Orcas" or VS 2008 on your machine (either Beta1 or one of the CTP versions), you need to reset your VS 2008 settings after installing Beta2.  If you don't do this, you'll have an odd set of settings configured (some windows will be in the wrong place), and you'll potentially see some IDE performance slowness.  You can reset your settings by typing "DevEnv /resetsettings" on the command-line against the VS 2008 version of the IDE:

Summary

There are a lot of new improvements and enhancements that I hope you'll find really useful with VS 2008 and .NET 3.5.  Stay tuned to my blog over the next few weeks as I'll be posting more about some of the new features and how to get the most out of them.

Thanks,

Scott

Published Thursday, July 26, 2007 2:11 PM by ScottGu

Comments

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:27 PM by Ryan Ternier

Awesome!

Thanks so much for letting us know Scott!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:31 PM by Rory Becker

Scott... You guys Rock. Every last one of you.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:31 PM by Joe

Thanks for having the VPC images available right away, Scott.  VPC is my favorite way to beta.  I was refreshing the VS 2008 Downloads page all day and was pleasantly surprised when the Beta 2 DL's appeared.  Looks like I'll be spending the weekend on my laptop.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:36 PM by Mikael Söderström

This is very exciting!

Cogratulations to the release. :-)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:40 PM by GRC

Do they send DVD with this beta to your home for free, like they did with VS2005?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:45 PM by MichaelD!

WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!!  AWESOME WORK SCOTT!  AWESOME WORK TEAM!  Can NOT wait to throw down on this new incredible framework and toolset.

Is there a Beta1 uninstaller anywhere? *halo*  Yes I'm a real dev... I don't believe in VPCs. :)

Also Scott: any word on what version of the Entity Framework made it into Beta 2?

GREAT WORK ONCE AGAIN!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:45 PM by Leo

Awesome!  You guys rock!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 5:48 PM by Boris Yeltsin's Zombie

You've made this old zombie very happy.

And thanks for providing VPC images straight off.

Right, time for some go-live! w00t.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:07 PM by Gill Cleeren

Hi Scott,

Congrats on the release!

Some small questions:

Is it possible to have VS 2005 and VS 2008 beta 2 installed on the same machine?

And, will the uninstall work correctly for beta 2, once the RTM bite are here?

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:17 PM by Judah

Woo! Thanks Scott, looking forward to giving it a spin tonight.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:23 PM by Ben Hayat

Hi Scott;

Will you let us know when and where, we can download the Silverlight that matches the new VS2008 beta 2?

Thank you Sir!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:35 PM by FlorinB

Congratulations! Can't wait to install this. Extra points for Microsoft's punctuality

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:37 PM by Amrinder Sandhu

I have been waiting for this. Installing now. Thank you!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:01 PM by Bryan Hoylman

Install just finished.  Ready to Rock and Roll!

Great job, Scott (and crew)...

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:06 PM by Jim

Scott,

Congratulations on this release.

What are some of the key differences between the standard and professional versions?  I noticed the large difference in file size (700MB vs 3100 MB).

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:08 PM by Ramon Durães

the best news of the day!!

thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:09 PM by Amrinder Sandhu

Hi Scott,

I created a new ASP.Net website using VS 2008 B2. However, none of the asp.net components show up in the toolbox nor are the accessible using intellisense. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks,

Amrinder

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:12 PM by ScottGu

Hi Amrinder,

>>>>>>> Hi Scott, I created a new ASP.Net website using VS 2008 B2. However, none of the asp.net components show up in the toolbox nor are the accessible using intellisense. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks, Amrinder

Make sure that you've run the devenv.exe /resetsettings step I mentioned in my installation notes above.  The toolbox/intellisense behavior could be because you had an older version of Orcas on the machine.

If you still have problems, send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) and I can help further.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:42 PM by Clayton Powell

Hi Scot,

Great news!

Can you please tell me how the Go Live License works. Does this mean that no breaking interface changes will be made between the Beta 2 release and the final release? Can we safely build with this release without our code breaking on the final release? Is this release feature complete? Or are there outstanding components that you are still working on?

Thanks,

Clayton.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:43 PM by tomcat

hi, im also interested in the differences between standard and professional. in new zealand our bandwidth isnt as cheap as you guys in the states.

cheers

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:54 PM by John West

Silverlight question:

1) Is there a version of the Silverlight Alpha Tools for Beta 2?  If not, will the Beta 1 version of the Silverlight tools work with VS Beta 2?

Thx!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:56 PM by Mark Easton

Hi Scott

Can the Express Editions be used to develop with Silverlight and Astoria?

I am currently using VS2005 to develop Silverlight which is fine but as I understand it Astoria definiately needs 2008.

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:58 PM by Jim Smith

Do we need to download and install both .Net Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, or the latter alone is enough?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:09 PM by Eric Kemp

Great news! And thanks for the AJAX policy patch - I had to uninstall Beta 1 because of that exact issue, and am truly grateful to have a workaround going into Beta 2.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:25 PM by slightly confused

Hi Scott,

I'm a little confused about the licensing terms. You state a go-live license is included, but on the download page the following text is present:

This beta is intended for early adopters of the Microsoft technology, platform, and tools offerings. We designed this release to let developers try out new technology and product changes, but not to build production systems. This limitation is fully covered in the Microsoft Software License Terms that accompany this beta.

It's a big download just to read the eula. :(

I'd like to take advantage of some the cool stuff, but it's a small project that I plan to have deployed before 2008. Can you clear that up for me?

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:29 PM by ps.cn

WOOOOO,Thank you Scott,Very cool

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:41 PM by Carlos Yakimov

I have waited so long!!! I'm Downloading it right now. :D

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:59 PM by Vikram

The wait for orcas beta 2 is download. My download manage is already working (even before writing this comment)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 9:45 PM by Teng Foung

This release gonna be one of the most successful release with all those on demand features, especially the intellisense for Javascript and CSS. You guys ROCK!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:14 PM by Eric Wild

You released this at the same time as the Simpson's movie?

How do you sleep at night?  :)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:35 PM by Myanmar Guy

So excited to use VS2008 soon

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, July 26, 2007 11:43 PM by Marco Chila

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 disponível para download.

And on my blog I said that the new version is "a step ahead".

See ya!@!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:09 AM by Mariano

Hey Scott, congrats on releasing Beta 2!

One thing I'm seeing, is that even after applying that AJAX patch, there's confusion with the versions. For example, I have a .NET 2.0 app using AJAX Extensions 1.0. If I open the website with Beta 2, it treats the website as 3.5 (every new WebForm I add has using System.Linq for example). Going to the website properties and adjusting the Target Framework to 2.0 fixes the issue, but removes the stuff in web.config about AJAX. I have to Ctrl-Z in the web.config to return the file to its original state.

I can reproduce this behavior if needed.

Cheers!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:13 AM by Marco

This is great news downloading now. The VS 2008 Multi-Targeting Support is going to be great.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:42 AM by DotNetUrls.com

太好了,整整刷新了一天一夜终于等来了Beta 2发布的消息,这里有多少懂中文的同行啊?:)

Great news, thank you Scottgu and your team!!!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:49 AM by ScottGu

Hi Mariano,

>>>>>>> Hey Scott, congrats on releasing Beta 2!  One thing I'm seeing, is that even after applying that AJAX patch, there's confusion with the versions. For example, I have a .NET 2.0 app using AJAX Extensions 1.0. If I open the website with Beta 2, it treats the website as 3.5 (every new WebForm I add has using System.Linq for example). Going to the website properties and adjusting the Target Framework to 2.0 fixes the issue, but removes the stuff in web.config about AJAX. I have to Ctrl-Z in the web.config to return the file to its original state.  I can reproduce this behavior if needed.

Unfortunately this is a bug that we just caught last night.  If you have a web-site project in VS 2005 and have the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 extension installed, VS 2008 will incorrectly think it is a .NET 3.5 project when it first opens it.  The fix is to go to the project properties and convert it back to a .NET 2.0 project.  You can then later make it a .NET 3.5 if you want to upgrade it.

The webdevtools blog (blogs.msdn.com/.../default.aspx) is going to be posting an entry about this tonight or tomorrow.  I'll also link to the workaround once it is live - although it sounds from above like you already got it working.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:51 AM by Dan

Is there any time limit for the professional and standard version? How long can we use it without upgrading to RTM version? Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:54 AM by ScottGu

Hi MichaelD,

>>>> Also Scott: any word on what version of the Entity Framework made it into Beta 2?

LINQ to Entities and the Entity Framework will be a separate download for Orcas (and will ship next year with the SQL Server "Katmai" release).

LINQ to SQL, though, is built-in and will ship in the .NET 3.5 framework.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:55 AM by ScottGu

Hi Gill,

>>>> Is it possible to have VS 2005 and VS 2008 beta 2 installed on the same machine?

Yep - this is perfectly supported.  Make sure to run the batch file I listed in my installation notes above to avoid an ASP.NET AJAX side-by-side conflict.

>>>>> And, will the uninstall work correctly for beta 2, once the RTM bite are here?

Yep - you'll be able to uninstall Beta2 and install the final RTM build once it ships.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:57 AM by ScottGu

Hi Ben,

>>>>>> Will you let us know when and where, we can download the Silverlight that matches the new VS2008 beta 2?

We should have an update to Silverlight out tomorrow.  It will include a version of the Silverlight Add-On for Visual Studio that works with VS 2008 Beta2.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:58 AM by ScottGu

Hi Jim and Tomcat,

>>>>>> What are some of the key differences between the standard and professional versions?  I noticed the large difference in file size (700MB vs 3100 MB).

Good question - I'm not 100% sure of the complete list.  All of the web development specific features are in Visual Studio Standard.  I believe the Office development tool support, unit testing, mobile and a few other features are VS professional only.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:00 AM by ScottGu

Hi Clayton,

>>>>>> Can you please tell me how the Go Live License works. Does this mean that no breaking interface changes will be made between the Beta 2 release and the final release? Can we safely build with this release without our code breaking on the final release? Is this release feature complete? Or are there outstanding components that you are still working on?

We don't guarentee that API changes won't happen, although we don't have any plans making new API changes at this point.  In general I'd assume that you'll need to-do a tiny bit of work to migrate to RTM (we'll document each and every change between the two).  But the work should be quick and easy.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:02 AM by ScottGu

Hi Jim,

>>>>> Do we need to download and install both .Net Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, or the latter alone is enough?

You only need to download VS 2008 Beta2 - it includes the .NET Framework 3.5 as part of its setup.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:03 AM by ScottGu

Hi Dan,

>>>>>> Is there any time limit for the professional and standard version? How long can we use it without upgrading to RTM version? Thanks

I believe it is a 365 day time limit for Beta2.  Once you install Beta2 you can choose the Help->About Visual Studio to see how many days are left before it will stop working and you'll need to upgrade to RTM.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:40 AM by ScottGu

Hi zepherelli,

>>> What is causing the error, when running the install of 2008, it says I've failed the initial requirements cause I don't have XP service pack 2 installed, but I'm on Vista.

That is pretty odd.  Can you send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) and I'll loop you in with someone who can investigate and figure out why it isn't working.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:56 AM by Basharat Bhat

I have both VS2005 and VS2008 B2 installed on my machine. However, when I run "devenv.exe" command  through my Run Box. It opens vs2005.

How to make VS2008 B2 as my default vs application?

Anyways, Congrats !!!

Thanks,

Basharat Bhat

BQE Software, CA

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 3:33 AM by Clayton Powell

Hi Scott,

Will LINQ to SQL support SQL Server 2000 or only SQL Server 2005? If yes are there any differences between the two?

Also can you place your ORM datacontext in a ClassLibrary and use it from both a Web application and an EXE (WinForms)? Will it automatically use the connection string from Web.config or App.config depending on the context it is called in? This is how the dataset designer works now.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 3:55 AM by Danny Chun

You mentioned that there will be a new version of the Silverlight Add-On for Visual Studio that works with VS 2008 Beta2.

Will this add-on allow us to develop Silverlight 1.1 alpha application?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:02 AM by SimonHL

Hi Scott

Excellent work, thx to you and your team. Can't wait to play (sorry, work) with VS2008! Could you just clarify what you maen by "UpdatePanel support with WebParts"... is this the return of the elusive webParts INSIDE update panels that was removed between the Atlas CTP and Ajax V1?

Thx again

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:04 AM by ScottGu

Hi Clayton,

>>>>> Will LINQ to SQL support SQL Server 2000 or only SQL Server 2005? If yes are there any differences between the two?

LINQ to SQL supports both SQL 2000 and SQL 2005.  The only feature difference I know of is that LINQ to SQL uses SQL 2005's ROW_NUMBER() feature to enable server-side paging.  I believe LINQ to SQL on SQL 2000 has to fall back and do middle tier paging.

>>>>>>> Also can you place your ORM datacontext in a ClassLibrary and use it from both a Web application and an EXE (WinForms)? Will it automatically use the connection string from Web.config or App.config depending on the context it is called in? This is how the dataset designer works now.

Yes - you can definitely do this.  ORM datacontexts can easily be placed in Class Libraries, and then referenced and used from multiple applications (both web and client ones).

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:05 AM by ScottGu

Hi Danny,

>>>>>> You mentioned that there will be a new version of the Silverlight Add-On for Visual Studio that works with VS 2008 Beta2.  Will this add-on allow us to develop Silverlight 1.1 alpha application?

Yes - this add-on will allow you to develop Silverlight 1.1 alpha applications using VS 2008 Beta2.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:10 AM by ScottGu

Hi Simon,

>>>>> Could you just clarify what you maen by "UpdatePanel support with WebParts"... is this the return of the elusive webParts INSIDE update panels that was removed between the Atlas CTP and Ajax V1?

Yes - I believe this is the case.  I haven't tried it out myself yet, but in talking with someone on the team they told me this is now supported.  It is on my list of things to code up and blog about in the future. :-)

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:39 AM by Sven Cipido

Hi Scott, finally can't wait to install it.  BTW : Great article.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:40 AM by Jonesy

Hi, I am getting

"DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed."

When installing 3.5 Beta 2 on Vista Ultimate 32bit?

This is a completely new install which has the following:

Vista

Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005 SP1

Visual Studio 2005 Vista Update

>Either .NET 3.5 or VS 2008 Beta 2 installs fail here.<

Any ideas?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:59 AM by Karel

If I mount image file of VS 2008 profesional a try to install it, installer cant't find file eula.txt, instalation is aborted...

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 5:32 AM by David

Are there any new webcontrols in v3.5? If any, feel free to make a blogpost about them.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 5:59 AM by John Donnelly

>>>>>>>>>> You mentioned that there will be a new version of the Silverlight Add-On for Visual Studio >>>>that works with VS 2008 Beta2.  Will this add-on allow us to develop Silverlight 1.1 alpha application?

>>>>Yes - this add-on will allow you to develop Silverlight 1.1 alpha applications using VS 2008 Beta2.

Silverlight 1.1 alpha expires Aug 1. Will there be a new release of Silverlight 1.1?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:25 AM by dasmay

Any known issues using Team Explorer with 2005 TFS server?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 7:53 AM by Steve

What about "Web Deployment Projects" with VS 2008 Beta 2

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:20 AM by Stuart Ferguson

Is the SQL Server 2008 CTP supported by Linq To SQL in Beta 2 ?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:26 AM by Daniel Plomp

Hello Scott,

I've setup a new enviroment of Windows XP on Parallels. I installed SQL Server 2005 and all the frameworks / updates etc.

When I try to run the setup of VS2008 I'm getting the following error:

"A problem has been encountered while loading setup components. Setup has cancelled."

That's it. What could this be?

Thanks,

Daniel

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:45 AM by Erjan

Hi Scott,

Congrats on the release first!

Out of the topic, I have a question regarding the ASP.NET 2.0 localization. I will be very glad if you can help me with that:

I have a Class Library assembly, where I have a handler declared (inherits System.Web.UI.Page). I want this handler to be localizable using the standard ASP.NET 2.0 practice. However I need to embed the default localization resources to the assembly.

The problem comes when I call the GetLocalResource method - it simply throws an exception when the auto-generated website does not find any resources.

So, the question is: Is there a way for some assembly to "understand" if there are local resources loaded in the main application?

Thanks!

Cheers,

Erjan

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 9:16 AM by PBZ

Hi Scott,

I've downloaded Beta2 and opened a copy of my current solution. When importing I kept it under 2.0. Everything seems to be working except for my Web Deployment Projects which are grayed out with "unavailable". Will VS2008 RTM be able to work with deployment projects or is there something else already built-in that does the same thing?

Thanks.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 9:17 AM by DeeJay Bettes

Oh I am so pumped!  Beta 1 was awesome (especially the intellisense for Javascript since I'm playing with AJAX) but this release is going to be even better.  I can't wait to dig in a start coding in .NET 3.5 with WPF!  Thank you, Microsoft and great job guys!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 9:21 AM by LordHits

Man, this is so sweet. I haven't even installed it but i know it's going to rock tock rock! Sweetness! :)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 9:23 AM by Can C

Hi Scott,

Congratulations. VS2008 will be a major enhancement with lots of new features that will simplify our lives.

I have an issue to report on this new release.

A web application that I have here started to receive a compile time error in VS2005 after the installation of 2008 Beta2. (Even before I had opened the project within the new version) I guess this is because of an update made in System.Web.Dll in .NET v 2.0. (Does the Beta2 package really update the .NET version 2.0? )

The compile time error can be overcome by regenerating the designer.cs file however this time the application crashes on any server that does not have this updated v.2.0 dll

Regenerating the problem is straight forward. Just having a <thead> tag with id and runat="server" is enough.

I think the core of the problem relates to how the thead object is repressented in the designer.cs file.

After the Beta 2 installation, VS (both versions) generates HtmlTableHeaderSection object for the thead tag which is unknown to .NET v2.0.50727 installation on the server. Before that it was generating HtmlGenericControl object.

thanks,

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 9:39 AM by MrTea

Web Deployment Projects.

Scott, can you explain what we do with existing VS2005 .net 2 projects which have a Web Deployment project, now that Orcas doesn't support it.

If I load an existing solution that has a WDP it's a complete pain that I can't build the deployment project along with the rest of the solution.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:11 AM by David Ingrey

Hi Scott any idea on the following error I am getting when trying to install VS2008 Beta 2

The error is below

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package': [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package'. MSI returned error code 1603

Thanks in advance.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:34 AM by Stephen

So if Beta 2 is now, and launch is end of February, I wonder what form/stage it will be in when DevConnections rolls around

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:38 AM by JeffS

So far I am really liking Visual Studio 2008. One thing I notice is that the AJAX controls are only available with the 3.5 framework, what is needed in order to use AJAX with the 2.0 framework?

I tried to add a new tab for the AJAX Control Tookit for a 2.0 project but was told the tab was already created, even though I had created it for a 3.5 project, the tab was not visable with 2.0. Would we need to revert back to VS 2005 to use AJAX with 2.0?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:39 AM by ScottGu

Hi Karel,

>>>>> If I mount image file of VS 2008 profesional a try to install it, installer cant't find file eula.txt, instalation is aborted...

Sorry you are running into that.  If you can send me an email I can loop you in with someone on the setup team to help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:41 AM by ScottGu

Hi Oren,

>>>>>> I've posted the bug report/crash dump to connect: connect.microsoft.com/.../ViewFeedback.aspx  But is it possible to get a patched cslangsvc file with this fixed?  Given how long the gap was between b1 and b2, this will be a huge hinderance as this happens on a file I use frequently.

Can you send me an email with a pointer to this?  I can then loop you in with the C# team to see if they can help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:42 AM by ScottGu

Hi Jonesey,

>>>> "DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed."  When installing 3.5 Beta 2 on Vista Ultimate 32bit?

If you can send me an email with details about this I can loop you in with the setup team for them to investigate.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:42 AM by Josh Stodola

Hi Scott - EXCELLENT news as always.  I am smiling ear to ear!

As we start playing around with this beta, is there an official place that we can make bug reports to help improve the product?  I don't want to resort to just sending you an email, as I'm sure your inbox is consistently clogged.

Thanks again!  Really looking forward to this!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:43 AM by ScottGu

Hi David,

>>>> Are there any new webcontrols in v3.5? If any, feel free to make a blogpost about them.

Yep - there are several new webcontrols.  The big ones being <asp:linqdatasource>, <asp:listview> and <asp:datapager>.  I'll be blogging more about <asp:listview> in the future.  One of my links above talks about the <asp:linqdatasource> (which I'll also cover more soon).

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:44 AM by ScottGu

Hi Dasmay,

>>>>> Any known issues using Team Explorer with 2005 TFS server?

Good question - and one I'm not 100% sure of.  Brian Harry (who runs that team) has a blog and just posted some details that might answer this question here: blogs.msdn.com/.../my-oh-my-so-many-releases.aspx

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:45 AM by ScottGu

Hi Majid Shahabfar,

>>>>> If we uninstall beta1 is it still required to run devenv.exe /resetsettings?

Yes - you need to run /resetsettings especially if you have uninstalled beta1.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:51 AM by ScottGu

Hi Steve and PBZ,

>>>>> What about "Web Deployment Projects" with VS 2008 Beta 2

>>>>> Everything seems to be working except for my Web Deployment Projects which are grayed out with "unavailable". Will VS2008 RTM be able to work with deployment projects or is there something else already built-in that does the same thing?

I need to follow up on the exact status of where we are with web deployment projects.  They will definitely work with VS 2008 at somepoint - although I suspect we need to release a new rev of them that registers on VS 2008.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:54 AM by ScottGu

Hi Can,

>>>>>> A web application that I have here started to receive a compile time error in VS2005 after the installation of 2008 Beta2. (Even before I had opened the project within the new version) I guess this is because of an update made in System.Web.Dll in .NET v 2.0. (Does the Beta2 package really update the .NET version 2.0? )

Can you send me an email with a sample page that causes this issue?  The .NET 3.5 setup does do a servicing update of the .NET 2.0 System.Web.dll - and it looks like there is a compatibility issue with this control that we missed.  I'd love to have a repro that the team could use to fix it.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:55 AM by ScottGu

Hi David,

>>>>> Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package': [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package'. MSI returned error code 1603

If you can send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this setup error, I can loop you in with someone who can help get it fixed for you.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:56 AM by ScottGu

Hi Stuart,

>>>>> Is the SQL Server 2008 CTP supported by Linq To SQL in Beta 2 ?

Yes - I believe it is supported (not 100% sure - but pretty sure).

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:57 AM by ScottGu

Hi Erjan,

>>>>> Out of the topic, I have a question regarding the ASP.NET 2.0 localization. I will be very glad if you can help me with that

Can you send me an email with this question?  I can then loop in someone who might know the answer.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:59 AM by ScottGu

Hi Daniel,

>>>>>> "A problem has been encountered while loading setup components. Setup has cancelled."

If you can send me an email with details of the setup problem, I'll loop in some folks from the setup team to investigate.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:03 AM by ScottGu

Hi John,

>>>>>> Silverlight 1.1 alpha expires Aug 1. Will there be a new release of Silverlight 1.1?

Yes - you'll see a refresh of Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1 happen later today.  We will also be refreshing the VS Orcas Silverlight AddOn today to work with Beta2.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:06 AM by ScottGu

Hi JeffS,

>>>>> So far I am really liking Visual Studio 2008. One thing I notice is that the AJAX controls are only available with the 3.5 framework, what is needed in order to use AJAX with the 2.0 framework?  I tried to add a new tab for the AJAX Control Tookit for a 2.0 project but was told the tab was already created, even though I had created it for a 3.5 project, the tab was not visable with 2.0. Would we need to revert back to VS 2005 to use AJAX with 2.0?

The webdevtools team blog is going to post later today with steps that walkthrough how to use VS 2008 with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 when in multi-targeting mode.  I'll link to the post once it is up, or you can subscribe to their feed here: blogs.msdn.com/.../default.aspx

You can also optionally download a version of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit that works with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 here: www.codeplex.com/.../ProjectReleases.aspx

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:20 AM by Christian Wenz

>>>>> If I mount image file of VS 2008 profesional a try to install it, installer cant't find file eula.txt, instalation is aborted...

you need to have a mounting or burning software that supports UDF. DemonTools is one of them. Other tools like e.g. 7-zip do not support UTF, that's why you see the README.txt.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:27 AM by Nic Bedford

I cant get it to install, i removed Orcas Beta 1, but i keep getting the following:

[07/27/07,16:21:11] setup.exe: [2] ISetupComponent::Pre/Post/Install() failed in ISetupManager::InternalInstallManager() with HRESULT -2147023293.

[07/27/07,16:21:12] VS70pgui: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 is not installed.

 

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:29 AM by lynn

Scott, similar to Amrinder when I create a new web site in VS 2008 none of the asp.net components show up in the toolbox nor are the accessible using intellisense. The toolbox tab available is HTML. I have run 'devenv.exe /resetsettings' several times to now and the asp components are not available. If I click 'List All' on the toolbox I see the web designer tabs I am looking for but they are all greyed out and are unaccessable. I am currently running a repair on VS 2008. Any support or solutions you can connecte me with are much appreciated.

Also, I encountered the 'don't have XP service pack 2 installed' as well. I think that occurs when the installer run and is canceled or closed, and then Vista responds with an installer dialogue box that asks 'Retry installation with Recomended Settings' or "The install performed correctly.' If you choose 'Retry installation with Recomended Settings' then you get the bug.

Lastly, I also had a lot of trouble untangling .net 3.5 beta 1 from my vista system. The uninstall went okay but trying to remove the 3 hotfixes was tough. I had to keep nay no to 'Reboot Now' to be able to install VS 2008. A beta 1 clean up tool might be a big help here.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:40 AM by Ryan Ternier

Hey Scott,

I'm downloading the new beta version... so excited....

If I wanted to be risky and load up some old projects that were written in ASP.NET 2.0, and I compile / release in the new Beta, will I need to change anything on my live server?

I want to start using this at home, but my hosters won't upgrade to .NET 3.0/3.5 yet, and I want to try out the new inteli-sense and designer.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:45 AM by BrettS

Getting an error after a successful install.

C:\Program Files\Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\VWDExpress.exe

This application has failed to start because teh application configuration is incorrect.

Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

I tried reinstalling, still no dice.  I was running Orcas Beta 1.  I followed your install notes.  Any ideas??

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:55 AM by BlueDaiCn

Hi,scott !From the comments count,We can know the VS2008 is a good and strong tool for the programmer on the dotnet framework !

And hope you post some posts about new features about the VS2008,especially about the LINQ and ASP.NET.

waiting......

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:04 PM by nil4

I have tracked down the source of the two message boxes complaining about CSS files that are not in the Web site.

The master page includes a 'main' CSS file, which contains @import url(...) directives to import the two files Visual Studio complains about. These @import'ed files are the ones Visual Studio can't seem to find.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:08 PM by Matthew Vandergrift

Wow.  Thanks Scott!  I'm like a kid in a candy store.  I did find a few issues with the upgrade process with regards to the Crystal Reports assemblies but no show stoppers.

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:13 PM by Muhammad Adnan

Oh thats awesome.

Scott i just started working on LINQ and connected with NORTHWIND db for practice when i get all products from products table it just show four columns, i tried by following command

var query = from p in db.Products Select p;

Products table has more than 4 columns then why it just show 4 columns (productID, productName, Discontinued, unitcostperunit)

rest of the columns which doesn't show up are AllowNull in db when i remove that check it show up :D but still m confuse and want to get true logic of that behavior

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:27 PM by Bill Konrad

Scott,

I am wondering how to work with LINQ to SQL in terms of creating a business logic layer.  I can see how this helps my data layer out tremendously, but where do I put all of my custom query/update/delete/insert functions like I used to put in MyDataClassBLL.  Should these be public partial classes extending things like Order, Customer that sort of thing, or where does it all belong?

Thanks,

Bill Konrad

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:37 PM by ScottGu

Hi Nic,

>>>>>> [07/27/07,16:21:11] setup.exe: [2] ISetupComponent::Pre/Post/Install() failed in ISetupManager::InternalInstallManager() with HRESULT -2147023293.

Can you send me an email with these setup issue details (as well as details on your OS and previous Orcas install).  I can then loop you in with someone on the setup team to help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:39 PM by ScottGu

Hi Lynn,

>>>>>>> Scott, similar to Amrinder when I create a new web site in VS 2008 none of the asp.net components show up in the toolbox nor are the accessible using intellisense. The toolbox tab available is HTML. I have run 'devenv.exe /resetsettings' several times to now and the asp components are not available. If I click 'List All' on the toolbox I see the web designer tabs I am looking for but they are all greyed out and are unaccessable. I am currently running a repair on VS 2008. Any support or solutions you can connecte me with are much appreciated.

Can you sen me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) and I can then loop you in with someone to investigate this setup issue.  

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 12:50 PM by ScottGu

Hi Bill,

>>>>>>> I am wondering how to work with LINQ to SQL in terms of creating a business logic layer.  I can see how this helps my data layer out tremendously, but where do I put all of my custom query/update/delete/insert functions like I used to put in MyDataClassBLL.  Should these be public partial classes extending things like Order, Customer that sort of thing, or where does it all belong?

I'd recommend adding custom methods to the DataContext class.  You can do this as a partial class.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:04 PM by ScottGu

Hi BrettS,

>>>> Getting an error after a successful install.  C:\Program Files\Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\VWDExpress.exe

Can you send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with details about this?  I can then loop in some folks to take a look and figure out what is going wrong.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:09 PM by Larry Haun

Scott,

Any benefit from using VPC 2007 over VPC 2004 SP1 on Windows XP? Everything references VPC 2K4, unless you are on Vista.

Thanks!!!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:31 PM by Mike

I work on a website with someone else (we use subversion). If I open the solution in VS 2008 (contains one website and one database project) and make sure I target ASP.NET 2.0, will he still be able to work on it in VS 2005? Or would the solution file be changed so that VS 2005 can't understand it?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:32 PM by kentaromiura

Is there a comparison table between the versions of VS 2008 b2  ?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:46 PM by Jason Whelan

Hi Scott,

If I uninstall Beta 1, and then install Beta 2, will I need to run a repair on VS2005?

Thanks for your help,

Jason

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:49 PM by Jeff Deville

I'm getting:

Error 18 Warning as Error: Invalid search path 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\lib' specified in 'LIB environment variable' -- 'The system cannot find the path specified. '

For every project in a solution I was creating using Beta 1.  I can't seem to figure out where this reference is located.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 1:53 PM by John West

Scott,

Are you going to create a separate post when 1) the Silverlight refreshes come out, and 2) when the updates Silverlight Tools for VS are released?  I'm working on an example site (www.airportwait.com), and can't continue until I can open the project again :).

Thx,

John

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:13 PM by Bart C

I had VS 2008 Beta 1 and it worked fine.  Uninstalled it and installed Beta 2.  I did the resetsettings thing and tried a blank app...ToolBox is gone. I click "Rest ToolBox" and it gives me some Excel Add-in nonsense.

I do have SQL 2005 installed on my machine.  I tried re-installing it and same thing.  What is the deal???

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:16 PM by Garry

Scott,

Downloaded professional version (web site says 3.1 Gig, but actuall download size is a little over 1 Gig), fired up Virtual PC 2007 on Windows XP and grabbed the ISO image. Start the install process, get error "Setup has encountered problem while trying to copy D:\Setuo\VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE".  Is there a problem with the drop or is it me???

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:21 PM by ScottGu

Hi Bart C,

>>>>>>>  had VS 2008 Beta 1 and it worked fine.  Uninstalled it and installed Beta 2.  I did the resetsettings thing and tried a blank app...ToolBox is gone. I click "Rest ToolBox" and it gives me some Excel Add-in nonsense.  I do have SQL 2005 installed on my machine.  I tried re-installing it and same thing.  What is the deal???

I've seen two other reports of this issue, and we think it is related to the .NET FX 3.5 Setup not succeeding.  If you can send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) I can loop you in with someone who can help investigate and get this fixed.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:37 PM by Jacques

Hi Scott, congratulations on the beta 2 release.

I am also having the same issue where all asp.net tags and all web controls (anything under system.web, etc) do not show up in the designer or are recognized by intellisense. I've tried running devenv /resetsettings but it didn't help.  Any advice would be great.

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 2:48 PM by Leo

Why do the downloads have an .img file extension and then in the instructions it says to rename it to .iso.  Why not just have the .iso extension to begin with on the original file?  By the way, I love this release!  Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:21 PM by Niels O. Nygaard

I can't get the ScriptManager control to be recognized in Beta 2. The web.config file asks for System.Core 2.0.0.0 but can't find it

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:30 PM by Jeff Deville

Regarding:

Error 18 Warning as Error: Invalid search path 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\lib' specified in 'LIB environment variable' -- 'The system cannot find the path specified. '

The problem seemed to away, though I'm not sure if it was a reboot, or a re-run of the settings reset

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:41 PM by Marco

When trying to open a solution orproject created with Orca's beta 1 I get the error

"The project type is not supported by this installation."

It's a project that uses Silverlight.

Anybody else ran into this and know the workaround? I tried: devenv /resetsettings

but that did not change anything.

ME

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 4:52 PM by PWills

@Mike:

>>>>If I open the solution in VS 2008 (contains one website and one database project) and make sure I target ASP.NET 2.0, will he still be able to work on it in VS 2005?

No. The upgrade wizard makes changes to the .sln file

@ScottGu:

Is there any guidance from MSFT on teams that are split between VS2005 and VS2008? Right now we have *.2008.sln and *.2008.csproj which both include the same files as their .sln/.csproj counterparts. It was a bit of a pain to setup but now our teams are both working on the same code, some with Orcas and others without. Is there a more elegant approach?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 5:37 PM by Marcus Wendt

Hi Scott – thanks for bringing very welcomed news!

I am getting two package load failures on start up - 'Visual Studio XML Editor Package' and 'Microsoft.Workflow.VSDesigner.DesignerPackage'. I have tried repairing, cleaning up old stuff and reinstalling without any luck. I’m upgrading from the March CTP and Beta 1 has been on the machine at some point.

Now I’m feeling like the frustrated kid that finally got his highly anticipated Christmas present, but can’t fully play with it :) Any tips?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 5:58 PM by ScottGu

Hi John,

>>>>>> Are you going to create a separate post when 1) the Silverlight refreshes come out, and 2) when the updates Silverlight Tools for VS are released?  I'm working on an example site (www.airportwait.com), and can't continue until I can open the project again :).

We just shipped the refresh of the Silverlight tools alpha for VS 2008 Beta2 here: blogs.msdn.com/.../visual-studio-2008-beta-2-silverlight.aspx

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 5:59 PM by ScottGu

Hi Savaran,

>>>>>> One thing I want to bring to your attention is, I get an error ('An error has occured when parsing the Cookie header for Uri weblogs.asp.net/.../rss.aspx ') in Omea Reader. Please fix it if you

I just forwarded those details to Telligent (who builds Community Server - my blog engine) for them to investigate.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:00 PM by ScottGu

Hi Marco,

>>>>>> When trying to open a solution orproject created with Orca's beta 1 I get the error "The project type is not supported by this installation." It's a project that uses Silverlight. Anybody else ran into this and know the workaround?

You'll need to install the Silverlight Tools Alpha for VS 2008 Beta2 that was just released today to support this: blogs.msdn.com/.../visual-studio-2008-beta-2-silverlight.aspx

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:01 PM by ScottGu

Hi Jason,

>>>>>> If I uninstall Beta 1, and then install Beta 2, will I need to run a repair on VS2005?

For safety sake, I'd recommend running repair on VS 2005 after you uninstall Beta1.  This will ensure everything definitely works.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:05 PM by ScottGu

Hi Marcus,

>>>>>> I am getting two package load failures on start up - 'Visual Studio XML Editor Package' and 'Microsoft.Workflow.VSDesigner.DesignerPackage'. I have tried repairing, cleaning up old stuff and reinstalling without any luck. I’m upgrading from the March CTP and Beta 1 has been on the machine at some point.  Now I’m feeling like the frustrated kid that finally got his highly anticipated Christmas present, but can’t fully play with it :) Any tips?

This looks like a package setup issue.  If you send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) I can loop you in with someone on the setup team to get this fixed.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:44 PM by Pat Long

HI,

I had Orcas Beta1 installed and whilst i have installed it the Beta2 install still says something of the old stuff is still installed. Is there a log that says what setup has found?

TIA

Pat Long

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 6:48 PM by mo

>>LINQ to Entities and the Entity Framework will be a separate >>download for Orcas (and will ship next year with the SQL >>Server "Katmai" release).

Hi Scott,

On your reply on the "LINQ to Entities and the Entity Framework will be a separate download for Orcas (and will ship next year with the SQL Server "Katmai" release)." Does this mean SQLServer 2005 will be not supported?

and can we already use it with the beta of Katmai?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 7:29 PM by Wookman

I'm getting the error "The type or namespace name 'ScriptManager' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Web.UI' (are you missing an assembly reference?)".

To reproduce, create a new C# Web Application Project, set it to target .NET 2.0, add the ASP.NET AJAX web.config, add a reference to ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 and type a ScriptManager tag into the default web form. This was on Vista Premium.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:20 PM by sbrown@ashe.ucla.edu

Is there a benefit to using VS 2008 on Vista rather than XP?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:24 PM by ScottGu

Hi Pat,

>>>>>>> I had Orcas Beta1 installed and whilst i have installed it the Beta2 install still says something of the old stuff is still installed. Is there a log that says what setup has found?

If you can send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com), I'll loop in someone from the setup team to help figure out what is going on.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:28 PM by ScottGu

Hi Mo,

>>>>>>> On your reply on the "LINQ to Entities and the Entity Framework will be a separate download for Orcas (and will ship next year with the SQL Server "Katmai" release)." Does this mean SQLServer 2005 will be not supported?

LINQ to Entities will fully support SQL Server 2005 in addition to Katmai.  But it will ship next year in the Katmai timeframe.  

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:14 AM by Daniel Crabtree

Hi,

I solved the problem with the custom tools in Beta 2 on Vista. It turns out the problem is with running Beta 2 of Vista x64. The registry keys for the custom tools should be in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Generators\ rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Generators\.

With VS2005 SP1 this worked automatically for some reason, but with VS2008 Beta 2, this was not functioning.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:34 AM by Ben Hayat

Hi Scott;

I've run into a bug that I thought I bring it up here.

I created a simple website and I tried to build it and got the following error:

"Unrecognized attribute 'xmlns'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive. C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Config\web.config 68"

I looked at the web.config file in the project and such line didn't exist.

Next I went to VS2005 and build a simple website, tried to build got the same error.

Then I realize, they are both looking at the same web.config, which is located in

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\CONFIG

Even though in VS2008 I had selected .Net 3.5, it went and changed the web.config in the 2.0 section.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:54 AM by Ben Hayat

Hi Scott;

More info on the last bug:

I noticed in the web.config sections:assemblies, buildProviders, httpHandlers

there were traces on .net 3.0 and 3.5 seetings

Now I can create new website in VS2005 and VS2008 without problem.

FYI: Also, in VS2008, it doesn't use the local/project web.config

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:28 AM by ScottGu

Hi Jeff,

>>>>>> Error 18 Warning as Error: Invalid search path 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\lib' specified in 'LIB environment variable' -- 'The system cannot find the path specified. '

Send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) if you are still seeing this error and I can get someone to take a look.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:33 AM by ScottGu

Hi Troy,

>>>>> Great work Scott, been waiting on this one for a while! Installed beta two after having previously installed and uninstalled beta 1. Also already had 2005 running and am now getting SqlClient issues both from SQL Server client and adding a server via 2008 IDE.

Can you send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this issue?  I can then have someone from the SQL team investigate.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:43 AM by ScottGu

Hi Wookman,

>>>>> I'm getting the error "The type or namespace name 'ScriptManager' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Web.UI' (are you missing an assembly reference?)".  To reproduce, create a new C# Web Application Project, set it to target .NET 2.0, add the ASP.NET AJAX web.config, add a reference to ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 and type a ScriptManager tag into the default web form. This was on Vista Premium.

There are a few gotchas with using ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 with multi-targeting at the moment.  I'll be doing a blog post in the next day or two that walksthrough the exact steps.  

Note that if you create a new web application that targets .NET 3.5 you'll be able to use ASP.NET AJAX.  There is also now a version of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit that targets .NET 3.5 that you can download here: www.codeplex.com/.../ProjectReleases.aspx

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 5:28 AM by Scott Lowe, UK

@ Gary:

I had the same problem with the failed copy of VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE - I then copied the entire install from the install media to my local drive, and it worked - I can't confirm that my copying to the local drive was the solution for sure, but it's worth a try if you aren't having any luck.

-- Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 7:30 AM by Steve

Hi Scott

I had an install Issue with VS2008 Beta2 it hung on installing .Net Framework 3.5, I seem to remember having the same issue with Beta1 I have reinstalled since then (I'm running Vita Ultimate now and before reinstall) I found that by aborting the VS install (Loigging out of the system) and doing a manual install of the .Net Framwork 3.5 and the starting the VS2008 Beta2 & Beta1 install again this got around the problem.

Thought this might be usefull.

Steve

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:01 AM by icebits

I have dl team suite and try to install in WinXP, but have error as below:

k:\setup\..\wcu\dexplore\dexplore.exe could not be unpackaged because it is not a cabinet

Is it corrupted? Or it is only can install in English OS?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:47 AM by Vladan Strigo [MVP]

Hi Scott,

Everything works fine. But I have one question (I've waited for B2 to ask this in hope it will be resolved)...

It's great that you can target .NET 2.0 apps with the new VS, if one thing is going to help switch my dev. team faster to the new IDE, it's definetly that. But, currently we have more then a couple of applications which use AJAX, and if we convert them to new VS project and want to continue developing them for the original framework (for whichever reasons... one being currently that we want to start using the new IDE today, and that our admins do not want to install on production servers .NET 3.5 which is still in the beta stage) we cannot, because VS doesn't support it. Any plans to make this possible for future releases (betas and final release)?

Thanks,

Vladan Strigo

MVP ASP/ASP.NET

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:04 PM by Martin Robins

Seeing as there seems to be a number of messages on here regarding installation problems, I thought I would post a quick message to say that installation on my Vista Ultimate (with VS2005 previously installed) went without hitch. All is installed, and all is working - and I am already playing with some of the new toys.

Well done to the team for getting this far; now its down to us to tell you what bits still need tweaking before RTM.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 2:39 PM by Ben Hayat

Hi Scott;

Could you please give us a link where we can post any bugs we find with this beta?

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 2:49 PM by John Noss

Hi Scott -

I downloaded VS 2008 B2, Silverlight RC1, and the Blend August CTP that supports SilverLight RC1.

I found some unexpected incompatibilities between these three pieces for creating SilverLight apps:

1) After installing the Silverlight RC1 runtime a site I created with the last beta of Silverlight (Mix time frame) can no longer be viewed.

2) I installed VS 2008 and the Blend 2 CTP on a machine to do Silverlight development, and all builds in Blend 2 fail with the error message that the 2005 SDK is required - apparently it does not build using the SDK that installs with VS 2008.

Are these issues going to be addressed before release?  If the Silverlight runtime is not backwards compatible it will be difficult to justify building sites using that technology.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:05 PM by ScottGu

Hi IceBits,

>>>>>> I have dl team suite and try to install in WinXP, but have error as below:  k:\setup\..\wcu\dexplore\dexplore.exe could not be unpackaged because it is not a cabinet.  Is it corrupted? Or it is only can install in English OS?

You can definitely install on non-English systems.  Can you try posting details of this issue on this setup/install issue forum: forums.microsoft.com/.../ShowForum.aspx  The VS setup team can then help get it fixed.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:06 PM by ScottGu

Hi Vladan,

>>>>>>> It's great that you can target .NET 2.0 apps with the new VS, if one thing is going to help switch my dev. team faster to the new IDE, it's definetly that. But, currently we have more then a couple of applications which use AJAX, and if we convert them to new VS project and want to continue developing them for the original framework (for whichever reasons... one being currently that we want to start using the new IDE today, and that our admins do not want to install on production servers .NET 3.5 which is still in the beta stage) we cannot, because VS doesn't support it. Any plans to make this possible for future releases (betas and final release)?

We'll be posting a blog post in the next day or two that covers how to use VS 2008 to target ASP.NET 2.0 applications using ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (and not the new ASP.NET AJAX in .NET 3.5).  This scenario is possible to-do - so stay tuned!

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:13 PM by ScottGu

HI Matt,

>>>>> The side-by-side source & design view of the HTML editor is a bit buggy. I am finding it not updating properly and throwing errors in the design view. I have to reopen the page or restart to have it show properly.

Any chance you could send us the page you were working on that had the problem? I'd love to have someone take a look at the issue you are seeing and make sure we fix it.  You can either send me mail (scottgu@microsoft.com) with the details or post them on this forum here: forums.asp.net/1112.aspx

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:16 PM by ScottGu

Hi Steve,

>>>>>> Where can I find documentation on the go-live license?  Do I need to register for a go-live license?  Can I sell a product TODAY which is based on VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2?

I don't believe you need to register anything.  You can sell services and products based on VS 2008 today.  If you are targeting .NET 3.5 Beta2 your customers can deploy them as long as they know it is a beta product and doesn't have full product support (for example: the ability to call Microsoft in the middle of the night and request product patches, etc).  Full support will obviously then be provided with the final release of .NET 3.5.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:18 PM by ScottGu

Hi Martin,

>>>> Ooops; spoke too soon.  I am unable to debug ASP.NET applications correctly under IIS(7).  I have an application with sub-folders. If I try to start debuging using a form in the root of the application it works fine.  If I try to start debuging from a form in one of the sub folders, I get the following error message: "Unable to start debugging on the web server. IIS does not list an application that matches the launched URL."

Any chance you could send us more details of the project structure you are you working on that has this problem? I'd love to have someone take a look at the issue you are seeing and make sure we fix it.  You can either send me mail (scottgu@microsoft.com) with the details or post them on this forum here: forums.asp.net/1112.aspx

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:41 PM by Nic Bedford

Hi Scott,

I managed to get round my installation issues by first installing the .net 3.5 beta 2 framework, from it's stand alone installer, then running the VS2008 setup.exe, everything seems to be installed ok now :)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:46 PM by Andreas Kraus

Thanks for your reply Scott. I'm doing the paging manually via stored procedure atm. but it would definitely save lots of time on new projects if there's a SEO compatible control for it. A querystring based DataPager would be really really great!

Greets,

Andreas

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 5:42 PM by J PHILIP

Is there a compatibility problem to open a Linq to Sql model created with Orcas beta 1? It looks like the DBML schema is different.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 7:44 PM by ScottGu

Hi J Philip,

>>>>>> Is there a compatibility problem to open a Linq to Sql model created with Orcas beta 1? It looks like the DBML schema is different.

I believe the .DBML designer schema changed between Beta1 and Beta2 - so you'll need to repro these schemas I'm afraid.

Sorry!

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:21 PM by Frank Neubecker

During installation VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE could not copy. It gave me a error message. I even tried running the image file as a virtual drive and then copying it manually to a local drive and still no luck. It gave an "the parameter is incorrect" error message. I wonder if there was a corruption in the download. Hope I get this to work.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:49 PM by ScottGu

Hi Frank,

>>>> During installation VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE could not copy. It gave me a error message. I even tried running the image file as a virtual drive and then copying it manually to a local drive and still no luck. It gave an "the parameter is incorrect"

If you can send me an email with these details I'll loop you in with someone from the setup team to help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 12:18 AM by Goodman

FYI...I just installed VS 2008 Beta 2 on my Windows XP Pro SP2 machine (Pentium M 1.7 MHZ and 2 GB memory) without any problems.  I had previously installed Beta 1.  Uninstalled it and then installed Beta 2.  VS 2005 is NOT installed on this machine.  Only VS 2003 is installed with .NET Frameworks 1.1.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 1:29 AM by Jeremy Kane

I have just opened an existing 2.0 solution, with AJAX 1.0 and AJAX Control Toolkit (latest rev) in 2008.  I chose NOT to upgrade the solution to 3.5, so it is still targeting 2.0, and I have verified that since.

I had run the "version policy of System.Web.Extensions.dll" batch file as soon as I completed the install and post-install restart.  I have never had a previous version of 2008 on this machine.  I also have only WAP and Class projects, no web SITES.

When I opened the projects for the first time, all of my Control Toolkit tags were highlighted as unknown tags, and my site won't compile.  The Control Toolkit's reference is broken, and when I try to re-add a reference to the ACT DLL, I get the following error message: "'AjaxControlToolkit.dll', or one of its dependencies, requires a later version of the .NET Framework than the one specified in the project.  You can change the .NET Framework..." [The rest is ommited for brevity, if that's still possible.]

Is there anything known about this?  I searched, and found no such messages reported so far.

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 1:39 AM by Jeremy Kane

As a follow-up, though I was a bit trepidatious (?) about doing it, I just went ahead and told it to reference the DLL anyhow.  (Would VS do something crazy like automatically update my web.config, or change the Framework target?  In the end, nothing of the sort, thankfully!)  Once referenced, all seems to be working fine.  Perhaps it's just a warning that doesn't really mean anything?  Or is something broken, and I just don't know yet?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 2:11 AM by Bochez Karl

Hi,

I manage to compile and run my .NET 2.0 web project using AJAX 1.0 (1.06 extension) on VS2008Beta2 but I'm unable to see the AJAX controls in the toolbox and VS2008 just doesnt let me add them back. FYI, I properly did run the DisableAjaxPolicy script and also did reset the environment as recommended.

Any Idea ?

Karl

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 2:55 AM by Scott Elkin

I, like Jonesy above, have the same problem:

"DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed."

Vista Business

Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005 SP1

Visual Studio 2005 Vista Update

Both .NET 3.5 or VS 2008 Beta 2 installs fail here.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:27 AM by Steve

Still having problems getting posts to post...

LinqDataSource was missing from Toolbox after install but was available via intellisence. I got it into the Toolbox by Resetting the Toolbox.

Hope this helps

Steve

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:37 PM by Jozef Sevcik

I have exactly the same problem as Jeremy Kane :(

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 6:11 PM by Burton

Hi Scott,

I think the split view might be one of my favorite features.  One of the things I like most about the split view for the WPF designer is the ability to toggle the split between vertical and horizontal.  I prefer a vertical split, because then I can strech it across two monitors.

Is there any chance that this feature will be incorporated into the aspx designer?  I know a lot of us use two monitors these days, and it would be nice to see better multi-monitor support in VS.  

Thanks for everything!

Burton

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:31 PM by Julius James Jackson

About that package load failure for the XML Editor and the Workflow Designer...

I had the same problem too, but I found a way to fix it, I think. First, it all started when I decided to reinstall VS 2008 Beta 2 after getting those errors. Between some e-mails, someone said for me to send them some logs from my laptop. After I did, I took a look at them and eventually ended up going inside the registry. Turns out that there was a key inside of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0 named Packages, and the two keys below it matched the GUIDs of the XML Editor and the Workflow Designer.

Hmmm... so I deleted them, along with the entire HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0 and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0 key and the Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0 folder and then reinstalled Beta 2. (I also ditched VS 2005 and Beta 1 in full.) When I looked at the registry again, the entire HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Packages key was no longer there. And Beta 2 loaded with a fully operational XML Editor and Workflow Designer.

So I'm guessing that the existence of the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Packages key is the problem. Maybe.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 9:24 PM by Bart Czernicki

It seems like Beta 2 should NOT be installed if you have Vista.  We are doing some heavy LINQ development so we had beta installed on a couple areas.  Windows XP and Server 2003...no problems at all.  Our Vista machines:

- either they get the Dependency .NET 2.0 sp1 needs to be installed error

- or the Sytem.Web dll doesn't get registered correctly and the UI doesn't work

(both problem have been reported above by a couple people)

I know this is beta software, so my rant can be taken with a grain of salt.  But this is EXACTLY, why people are hesitant to move to Vista..even after being released for 1/2 a year now its still overlooked apparently in some key areas by MS.  I am posting this as a BEWARE to anyone that has Beta 1 installed and wants to upgrade to Beta 2...DON'T DO IT unless you can afford to lose some productivity/time (you might be putting Beta 1 back on :))

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, July 29, 2007 10:06 PM by Juan

Hi Scott!!! Great job out there!!!

I'm trying to create a new Web Application Project using the New > Project From Existing Code option, but I only see three options: Windows, Console or Class Library output.

Will this scenario be supported in future versions?

Thanks,

Juan

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 12:43 AM by Vincent

How to install Ado.net entity framework on Orcas beta 2? I did try to install June CTP, it keeps to pop up error message

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 1:38 AM by Ryan Ternier

Hey Scott,

Any word on URL Rewritting in VS 2008? It wasn't implemented that well in 2005, are there any improvements to it in 2008?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:18 AM by Vidar Langberget

Hi Scott!

I'm loving VS2008 except for one very annoying issue. If you use the Toogle Outlining feature on an xml file, in VS2005, it showed the node tag and attributes of that level, but in VS2008 it only shows the tag name. It means that you have to open all nodes to see the attributes, which is ruining that wonderful feature. Example:

In VS 2005:

<item id="200" name="About us">...

<item id="201" name="Contact us">...

In VS 2008

<item...

<item...

As you can see, the new view is useless if you need to find an item based on an attribute. A setting to change this behaviour would be very appreciated.

Vidar

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:55 AM by ScottGu

Hi Jeremy,

>>>>> When I opened the projects for the first time, all of my Control Toolkit tags were highlighted as unknown tags, and my site won't compile.  The Control Toolkit's reference is broken, and when I try to re-add a reference to the ACT DLL, I get the following error message: "'AjaxControlToolkit.dll', or one of its dependencies, requires a later version of the .NET Framework than the one specified in the project.  You can change the .NET Framework..." [The rest is ommited for brevity, if that's still possible.]

I just blogged about ASP.NET AJAX and how to use it with VS 2008 here: weblogs.asp.net/.../asp-net-ajax-in-net-3-5-and-vs-2008.aspx

If you read this post (and the others it links to) you should be able to get this working.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:55 AM by ScottGu

Hi Bochez Karl,

>>>>>>>> I manage to compile and run my .NET 2.0 web project using AJAX 1.0 (1.06 extension) on VS2008Beta2 but I'm unable to see the AJAX controls in the toolbox and VS2008 just doesnt let me add them back. FYI, I properly did run the DisableAjaxPolicy script and also did reset the environment as recommended.

I just blogged about ASP.NET AJAX and how to use it with VS 2008 here: weblogs.asp.net/.../asp-net-ajax-in-net-3-5-and-vs-2008.aspx

If you read this post (and the others it links to) you should be able to get this working.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:56 AM by ScottGu

Hi Scott,

>>>>>> I, like Jonesy above, have the same problem:  "DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed."

Can you send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this?  I can then hook you up with someone on the setup team to help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:57 AM by ScottGu

Hi Chris and Josef,

>>>>> I'am missing the Ajax-Templates for a new website ("Ajax enabled Website")

I just blogged about ASP.NET AJAX and how to use it with VS 2008 here: weblogs.asp.net/.../asp-net-ajax-in-net-3-5-and-vs-2008.aspx

If you read this post (and the others it links to) you should be able to get this working.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:59 AM by ScottGu

Hi Bart,

>>>>>> It seems like Beta 2 should NOT be installed if you have Vista.  We are doing some heavy LINQ development so we had beta installed on a couple areas.  Windows XP and Server 2003...no problems at all.  Our Vista machines:

Sorry you are running into this issue.  There is a bug on some machines with Windows Vista that we are tracking down that causes the .NET 3.5 setup to fail.  We believe it is related to a QFE or GDR that people have on their machines, and are working now to get a fix for this.  I'll blog about how to work around it as soon as we know more details.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:00 AM by ScottGu

Hi Juan,

>>>>>>> I'm trying to create a new Web Application Project using the New > Project From Existing Code option, but I only see three options: Windows, Console or Class Library output.

If you choose New->Project you should see a web tree-view node and the web application project option within that.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:01 AM by ScottGu

Hi Vincent,

>>>>>>> How to install Ado.net entity framework on Orcas beta 2? I did try to install June CTP, it keeps to pop up error message

The ADO.NET entity framework release that supports Beta2 is still a few weeks away.  That team is working hard right now getting it updated.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:02 AM by ScottGu

Hi Ryan,

>>>>>>> Any word on URL Rewritting in VS 2008? It wasn't implemented that well in 2005, are there any improvements to it in 2008?

We are planning a URL rewriting module for IIS7 that will ship in the future.  This will work for all types of content - including ASP.NET applications.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:03 AM by ScottGu

Hi Vidar,

>>>>> I'm loving VS2008 except for one very annoying issue. If you use the Toogle Outlining feature on an xml file, in VS2005, it showed the node tag and attributes of that level, but in VS2008 it only shows the tag name. It means that you have to open all nodes to see the attributes, which is ruining that wonderful feature. Example:

I haven't heard of that before, but will forward it onto the XML team to look at.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:04 AM by ScottGu

Hi Lifeng,

>>>>>> Is there special name for single argument lambda expression in vs2008 beta 2?

I'm not aware of any special casing in VB or C# for single argument lambdas.  Instead you'd want to write the parameter argument explictly like:

People.Where(it => it.Age > 18);

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:52 AM by Jason Dean

Hi,

  When downloading the 2008 Professional Install using the download manager link on the site. It seems to create a corrupt image which does not allow you to install (all the binaries come up with errors and will not run) I've tried this twice and got the same result. But downloading directly through IE7 using no download manager seemed to work fine. I am also suffering the "You do not have XP Service Pack 2 installed" error on Vista Home Premium edition. (I've sent an email separately) Is there a "Known Problems" Site  for issues found after the beta 2 release?

Thanks,

Jason  

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:33 AM by Ryan Morgan

JeremyKane - remove and re-add your references to system.web.extensions AND the reference to ajaxcontroltoolkit and you should be running again.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 10:02 AM by otyce

Hie Scott, I unistalled Beta One, but the beta2 installer failed to Install the .net3.5 framework. so I tried to install the framework seperately and got the following error

[07/30/07,14:10:35] Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS): [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS). MSI returned error code 34

[07/30/07,15:01:46] Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS): [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS). MSI returned error code 34

[07/30/07,15:02:45] WapUI: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed.

[07/30/07,15:39:14] Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS): [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS). MSI returned error code 34

[07/30/07,15:40:30] WapUI: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0SP1 (CBS) is not installed.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 2:43 PM by george

can you run vwd express 2005 and vwd express 2008 side  by side on the same machine with both 2.0 and 3.5 installed?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:13 PM by Sam Mueller

In orcas beta 1, the linq to sql designer would allow you to place custom attributes at both the class level and the property level.  This was the only way through the designer to add the DataContract and DataMember attributes necessary to prep the objects for transport over WCF.  In beta 2 it looks like this has disappeared from the properties window.  Is there now a better way to do this?

Also, A couple of blogs ago, I think you mentioned that a future version of SqlMetal would be able to generate these automatically for us.  Has beta 2 made any progress in this arena?

Thanks,

Sam

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:26 PM by Dainis

>>>>> Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package': [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 'package'. MSI returned error code 1603

>If you can send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this setup error, I can loop >you in with someone who can help get it fixed for you.

The problem is somehow related to reading IIS6 settings from registry. I've just temporarily uninstalled IIS on my WinXP and .NET 3.5 beta 2 installation succeeded.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 5:04 PM by Matt Brooks

Hi Scott,

Is it possible to connect to my existing Team Foundation Server in order to evaluate this beta on existing team projects in TFS Source Control? I have downloaded Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite Beta 2.

Also, having installed this beta version 3.5 of the .NET runtime does not seem to be registered with IIS (v5.1 running on my XP development machine). Is there a way I register the framework with IIS manually as I'd rather not use the built-in development server?

Regards,

Matt

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 6:00 PM by Matt Brooks

Scott,

Scratch my last - after reinstalling the .NET Framework v3.5 setup seperately my test project ran fine in IIS. Previously it threw an error about the manifest file for the System.Xml.Linq assembly not matching the referenced assembly.

I also found the Team Explorer option within the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Beta 2 download.

Where is the best place to post any problems I run into while evaluating this beta?

Regards,

Matt

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 6:11 PM by Chris

I installed and began using.  Everything looked great until I found out Web Deployment Projects are not supported.

Then I stopped using since I need to be able to deploy our application.  Go figure.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 8:14 PM by Peter Schmeichel

Is there a way to reset a Linq DataContext?

My Linq Application should have, say, 100 worker threads serving thousands of GUI clients over a WCF connection. Linq behaves differently, depending wether I have read a database record previously or not. But this previous read operation could have happened in a previous service call by a different GUI client.

Creating a new DataContext for each service call is not an option, because it would cause a severe performance penalty.

The Refresh method seems wrong, too, because I am not interested to re-read data that a previous service call has used.

By the way, I never really understood what the Table.Attach() method does. It behaves differently with Beta 2, since some of my code seemed to need it with Beta 1 and now only works without. The MSDN doesn't say anything about what Attach does.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:22 PM by Joel

>>> 1) You should download and run this batch file.

Hi,

When I run this batch file, I get the following:

...

C:\>DisableAjaxPolicy.cmd

Disabling publisher policy for System.Web.Extensions.

Access is denied.

On Windows Vista this script must be run as administrator.

Press any key to continue . . .

....

I am administrator though on my Vista machine.

Any thoughts?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:04 AM by Steve

Hi Scott any news on the "Web Deplyment Project" from VS 2008 Beta2?

Cheers

Steve

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:38 PM by Leonardo Prada

I have a question, the projects files are compatible with vs2005. I have a project and I want to use vs2008 with net 2.0. But I want to be able to use again vs2005 is this posible? And if this is posible a member of our team will be using vs2008 and the other vs2005 now that I am thinking.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:56 PM by Ike

I haven't seen anything about WSS 3.0 Extensions for Visual Studio 2008.  Are there any plans?  .NET version targeting in VS 2008 is great but for me it loses some of the oomph if I have to install VS 2005 along side VS 2008 if I want to develop WSS lists, sites, etc.

Thanks...

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 3:57 PM by Ryan Ternier

Hey Scott,

We work with Styles, Skins, Images, Themes differently for a few of our projects. We put all our themes into the Global Directories, and run  aspnet_regiis -c to copy them over to the root websites so they're used by all Applications in that site.

is there any way of working with this in VS 2008? Currently it HATES how we do this, and gives us errors upon errors in the design view. Though we don't use the design view that much, it's nice sometimes to add event handlers from it.

So, if there was a way to check the root website for themes, rather than each website/WAP, it would rock... is there a way?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:23 PM by JasonBSteele

Hi Scottt, sorry to bother you at what must be a very busy time for you, but my previous post about issues with selecting multiple controls and absolutely repositioning hasn't been shown yet, and yet subsequent posts from others have been.

I wondered if it got lost in your spam filter?

Thanks,

Jason

P.S. Apologies if you already got this (the page didn't reload after posting - its getting kinda big! ;)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 4:22 AM by sanniko

Hi,Scott.

Can I use Vs2008 develop Framework2.0 Programe.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 1:57 PM by Bilal Haidar [MVP]

Hi Scott,

Can we use Partial Methods "Insert, Delete, Update" to call our own SPROCs? This way, if we use the ExecuteCommand to call our SPROC we will not need to call the "ExecuteDynamicXYZ" method. Is this correct?

Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 2:00 PM by Patrick

I've noticed that the My. Namespace seems to have been reduced (specifically, I can't access my.request or my.response) in Orcas Beta 2.

Will this be corrected in release, or is this a breaking change in 3.5? (as it stands, applications built in VS 2005 won't compile in Orcas)

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 5:53 PM by Chris Cavanagh

Scott - I've installed VS2008 beta 2 (after some issues uninstalling beta 1), but I'm unable to install the Silverlight Tools.  It pops up an error saying, "You must install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 before installing this product."

Is there any way I can force it to install anyway?  What's it actually checking for? (VS2008 b2 is installed and running fine).  This is after a couple of uninstalls and reinstalls of beta 2...

Thanks!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 2, 2007 7:01 AM by Erjan

Hi Scott,

I sent you an e-mail several days ago. I'm just wondering if it reached you, or shall I resend it?

Thanks,

Erjan

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 2, 2007 2:19 PM by Patrick

I notice that the My Namespace seems to have changed when compiling for 3.5 (response and request classes not available). Is this a permanent change, or an artifact of the beta?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 2, 2007 4:42 PM by boisvew

Hi Scott,

I am getting the following error on Vista Ultimate x64 during the install of the .NET Framework v3.5 during the Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite Beta 2 install:

Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (x64): [2] Error code 1058 for this component means "The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. "

Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (x64): [2] Component Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (x64) returned an unexpected value.

Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (x64): [2] Return from system messaging: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 2, 2007 4:46 PM by bslaght

Hi Scott, thanks for your help with my install issue, with help from the team we got it fixed.

HOwever I am playing with some simple stuff (MasterPages and CSS) and it seems like the changes I make in my CSS file are not taking effect in my MasterPage.  (Well some are, like font size, family, etc but other things like background color are not)  Do you know of any issues, with the CSS support in Beta 2?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 2, 2007 9:00 PM by Eric

Sorry to bother you Scott, could you find me a article about the differences between C# 3.0 and 3.5 please. Thank you, with all my respects.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 1:22 AM by Aidan

Hi Scott,

Are Web Application Project "Sub Projects" better supported? I.e. without having to "hack" the system and contend with design time errors that aren't actually errors.

Has Web Deployment improved?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:24 AM by ScottGu

Hi George,

>>>>>> can you run vwd express 2005 and vwd express 2008 side  by side on the same machine with both 2.0 and 3.5 installed?

Yes - this is fully supported.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:25 AM by ScottGu

Hi Eric,

>>>>>> Sorry to bother you Scott, could you find me a article about the differences between C# 3.0 and 3.5 please. Thank you, with all my respects.

C# has improved from the C# 2.0 to 3.5 release.  In my post above I have links to some of these language changes.  .NET 3.0 included the same compiler as .NET 2.0 - so there weren't any new languages changes then.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:26 AM by ScottGu

Hi bslaght,

>>>>>> HOwever I am playing with some simple stuff (MasterPages and CSS) and it seems like the changes I make in my CSS file are not taking effect in my MasterPage.  (Well some are, like font size, family, etc but other things like background color are not)  Do you know of any issues, with the CSS support in Beta 2?

Can you send me an email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this?  I can then loop you in with the designer team to investigate.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:26 AM by ScottGu

Hi Patrick,

>>>>>> I notice that the My Namespace seems to have changed when compiling for 3.5 (response and request classes not available). Is this a permanent change, or an artifact of the beta?

It turns out that this was a bug with Beta2.  I talked with the VB team and they confirmed that it would be fixed for the final release.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:27 AM by ScottGu

Hi Erjan,

>>>>>> I sent you an e-mail several days ago. I'm just wondering if it reached you, or shall I resend it?

Any chance you could resend it (scottgu@microsoft.com)?  For some reason I don't think I received it.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:28 AM by ScottGu

Hi Chris,

>>>>>>> Scott - I've installed VS2008 beta 2 (after some issues uninstalling beta 1), but I'm unable to install the Silverlight Tools.  It pops up an error saying, "You must install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 before installing this product."  Is there any way I can force it to install anyway?  What's it actually checking for? (VS2008 b2 is installed and running fine).  This is after a couple of uninstalls and reinstalls of beta 2...

Any chance you could send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details about this?  I can then loop you in with someone to help.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:29 AM by ScottGu

Hi Bilal,

>>>>>> Can we use Partial Methods "Insert, Delete, Update" to call our own SPROCs? This way, if we use the ExecuteCommand to call our SPROC we will not need to call the "ExecuteDynamicXYZ" method. Is this correct?

Yes - you can use these methods to call custom SPROCs or SQL.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 4:33 AM by ScottGu

Hi JasonBGood,

>>>>> Hi Scottt, sorry to bother you at what must be a very busy time for you, but my previous post about issues with selecting multiple controls and absolutely repositioning hasn't been shown yet, and yet subsequent posts from others have been.  I wondered if it got lost in your spam filter?

I think it was lost in the spam filter. :-)

Any chance you could send it to me via email (scottgu@microsoft.com)?  I can then route it to the best person to answer it.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 12:22 PM by boisvew

Hi Scott,

In regards to the error I posted yesterday, it turned out that it was all due to the Windows Update Service being disabled during the installation.  It must have been disabled by a domain policy here, once I enabled the service and started it the install of VS 2008 Beta 2 went without a hitch.

Wes

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 3, 2007 2:47 PM by Dave Sanders

Scott, I gotta say, you are the best and most clear source of info on all of this software.  I wish ALL of Microsoft's communications and announcements were as clear and as candid as you put yours together.  And it's pretty telling how you can link to articles that you yourself have written on just about every new thing in the '08 release.  Major kudos to you and your teams!

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:22 AM by Chakravarthy

Scott,

This is really a milestone in the history of Microsoft as well as your hardwork in producing such a great application tool.

At this time, i've a request to you. Can you please draft an article mentioning about the deployement of web applications that are designed with Orcas Beta-2, assuming that the infrastructure of the web server with the os being 2003 and the .net framework 3.5 redistributable is installed.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, August 4, 2007 7:53 AM by Patrick

Does PopFly still work after i install VS2008 ? Because i would love to keep on using that but also would love to try out VS2008

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Saturday, August 4, 2007 7:56 AM by ol3j

Hi

I have installed VS 2008 beta 2 and I have run batch file for ajax extensions. Now, I have to install ajax extensions again and installation finished msg 'Ajax Extensions 1.0 Setup Wizard ended prematurely'. How can I solve this problem ?

thx for replay.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, August 5, 2007 12:53 PM by Thomas

I have VS2005 and was wondering if I can install VS2008 Beta 2 on the same machine as VS2005??. I have invested in a lot of programs and time that was designed on VS2005 and would hate to lose them. I know this is a simple question but would hate the outcome if it was a problem.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Sunday, August 5, 2007 11:24 PM by Joe

No matter what version I install (Team, Prof, etc), I keep getting the error about VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE cannot copy. I have tried buring a DVD, copying the whole image to my hard disk. I tried downloading teh original image twice one for Team system and one for Prof version. Just too annoying that MS does not test this stuff. I Can live with a Beta install failing with some instructions on what to do. I have searched and found nothing on this issue. I see few people have had a similar problem, but no real solution. Anyone from Microsoft who can help with this? Thanks

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 1:40 AM by ScottGu

Hi Patrick,

>>>>> Does PopFly still work after i install VS2008 ? Because i would love to keep on using that but also would love to try out VS2008

Yes - VS 2008 won't impact PopFly at all.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 1:41 AM by ScottGu

Hi Ol3j,

>>>>> I have installed VS 2008 beta 2 and I have run batch file for ajax extensions. Now, I have to install ajax extensions again and installation finished msg 'Ajax Extensions 1.0 Setup Wizard ended prematurely'. How can I solve this problem ?

I haven't heard of this issue before.  If you send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) I can have someone investigate it for you.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 1:42 AM by ScottGu

Hi Patrick,

>>>> I can not get it installed i get the following error log

If you can send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) I can have someone help investigate what the problem here might be.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 1:42 AM by ScottGu

Hi Thomas,

>>>>>> I have VS2005 and was wondering if I can install VS2008 Beta 2 on the same machine as VS2005??. I have invested in a lot of programs and time that was designed on VS2005 and would hate to lose them. I know this is a simple question but would hate the outcome if it was a problem.

Yes - you can install both VS 2005 and VS 2008 side-by-side on the same machine.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 1:42 AM by ScottGu

Hi Joe,

>>>>>> No matter what version I install (Team, Prof, etc), I keep getting the error about VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE cannot copy. I have tried buring a DVD, copying the whole image to my hard disk. I tried downloading teh original image twice one for Team system and one for Prof version. Just too annoying that MS does not test this stuff. I Can live with a Beta install failing with some instructions on what to do. I have searched and found nothing on this issue. I see few people have had a similar problem, but no real solution. Anyone from Microsoft who can help with this? Thanks

If you can send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) I can have someone help investigate what the problem here might be.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 2:56 AM by Tariq Sheikh

Package Load Failure

Package 'Visual Studio XML Editor Package' has failed to load properly ( GUID = {87569308-4813-40A0-9CD0-D7A30838CA3F} ). Please contact package vendor for assistance. Application restart is recommended, due to possible environment corruption. Would you like to disable loading this package in the future? You may use 'devenv /resetskippkgs' to re-enable package loading.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 6:24 AM by Bashar M. Kokash

I think I have to spend a lot of time to read all the resources provided for the new features.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 6, 2007 8:50 AM by d_original

just installed version visual studio 2008 beta 2 release. Almost everything went well. When browsing arround after installation, i get error messages when trying to view the "HELP". When trying to install MSDN librabry it tries to install .NET Framwork 2.0 and comes out finally with an failure message saying that it cannot install the library. Further no extra information given.

Have you experience that aswell? Any solution?

cheers,

D_original

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 1:07 AM by cokkiy

If you have suffering "do't have XP Service Pack 2 Installed" problem when install Team Foundation Explorer Beta2 on Vista System.Maybe you can try in my way.I have encountered  the same problem when I install the VS2008 TFS Explorer Beta2 after first time cancel it.I resolve this problem right click the TFS Explorer setup.exe and run it as Administrator.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 3:45 PM by John

Does this release of Vb.Net contain unsafe blocks code yet? Thats all I'm interested in. I don't give a monkeys about the Linq database stuff (as cool as it it).

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 11:55 PM by David

Hi Scott,

Looks like the batch file you posted doesn't work in Windows Server 2008 Beta 3.

Yours,

David

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 11:59 PM by David

Looks like it does work for Server 2008 Beta 3...just needed to manually execute the batch file. -David

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 10:56 PM by eDirection Dev

Thanks Scott..we have been waiting a while for this!

Will this work on Vista Home Premium edition? Website just says Vista is supported.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 9, 2007 10:20 PM by Sara

Scott,

I am a win mobile developer and have seemingly done a successful installation of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, 3 times. The first 2 times I did an install the toolbox was empty and it would not recognize windows mobile devices in 5.0 or 6.0.  I then uninstalled VS 2008, wind mobile S5.0 and 6.0 SDKs and all .NET CF installations. (I had Orcas loaded before)  When I installed it the 3rd time, the toolboxes are populated and usable, but the form does not look correct for a win mobile device and upon compilation I receive "The application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect".  If you have any ideas to lead my forward I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Sara

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, August 10, 2007 12:30 AM by Jay Robinson

I am having the same issue as another poster of having only HTML controls accessable in the toolbox.  I am running on Windows Server 2008 B eta 3.  

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 16, 2007 11:20 AM by westmich

Sorry, if I am missing the obvious.  I downloaded the Express version and I am not seeing any options for a Linq project.  It just a few basics.  Do I need to download the full version to work with it?  Is there just a compiler I can download so I can run it against my VS 2005 databases and have it generate the classes?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 20, 2007 1:59 AM by ScottGu

Hi Kirill,

>>>>>>> Overall I am very impresed, Beta 2 is quite stable, I even moved to this IDE for working on some of my projects, and test new version.  But I think designer has a serious problems with showing correct markup for my custom "Composite Control", I wrote recently.

Would you be able to send me a copy of a project that uses your control and has this problem via email (scottgu@microsoft.com)?  I can then have someone take a look and get this fixed.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:27 AM by Jerry

This upgrade has been a disaster for me.  I had the Beta 1 (Orcas) installed and working perfectly in concert with Expression Blend 2 (August Preview).  But when I installed Beta 2 I got complaints about 2 GUIDs in the registry when launching VS2008.  I uninstalled Beta 1, which didn't fix the problem.  I then uninstalled Beta 2 and re-installed.   Now I can't even launch the IDE.  It's complaining about devenv.exe, with the message "The appication failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect".    What do you recommend?  I have already uninstalled and reinstalled Beta 2 without success........

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:11 PM by Rob

VS 2008 Beta 2 is working like a champ, so good that I'm migrating production code using it.  One weird issue, sometimes for a large solution that contains about 20 assembly projects I'm having to use the Global. on some of my reference to my assemblies class and sometimes I don't.  

My first thought was a namespace issue, but I've checked them all and they appear correct -- any hints?

Didn't have this problem in VS 2005.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, August 27, 2007 6:14 PM by Tim Erickson

Is there any work around to get VS 2008 Beta 2 to work with SQL Server 2008 CTP4?  The Add Connection wizard complains 'This server version is not supported.  Only servers up to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 are supported.'  The 'Test Connection' works fine with the 2008 server, but I can't 'Add' the connection to create the LINQ DataContext.

I got your intro (weblogs.asp.net/.../using-linq-to-sql-part-1.aspx) to work fine with SQL Server 2005.  Without being able to add the connection on 2008, though, I can't create the DataContext.

I'm trying with SQL Server 2008 CTP 4 (10.0.1049.14) under Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:06 AM by shri

What would be the CLR version for Framework 3.5 & 3.0.I always thought that it would be 3.5 & 3.0 , however I get only 2.0.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Monday, September 10, 2007 8:53 AM by Nguyen Truong Tho

I wonder why Visual Studio 2008 is free for all? Even it's beta release? Visual Studio 2005 is commercial product, isnt it? Coult it be that VS2008B2 will expire sooner or later?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 6:07 AM by Paul Hale

I had the same problem with VSSetupWatson\DW20.EXE as a few people on here have had. I tried copying the files to my local drive and got an error physically copying dw20 also. Therefore I concluded that the image I downloaded must have been corrupt (on route as opposed to being corrupt on server). I re-downloaded the image, re-burnt to DVD and it installed without any problems.

Paul.

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 10:08 AM by Karen

Have installed 3.5 beta, but unfortunately, apsnet_iisreg is missing. registration strategy changed?

# re: VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta 2 Released

Friday, September 21, 2007 8:54 AM by Robert te Kaat

The 'DW20.exe'-issue is caused by an incomplete download. Use a downloadmanager to download the complete iso. I used GetRight which didn't just restart the download, but continued the download of the existing img.

@Karen: You probably mean aspnet_regiis?