In an earlier article over on LonghornBlogs.com, I talked about the software wave and how major dependencies affect product ship dates. To save you some time, I made a diagram.. :).
Figure 1: Dependencies in the Yukon Wave
Based on this logic, it stands to reason that, before SQL Server 2005 can ship, Visual Studio 2005 and .NET "Whidbey" would have to have shipped already. Being that SQL Server 2005 is a server system that HAS to be reliable, scalable, and extremely fast, it stands to reason that Microsoft is going to need time with the release .NET build to make sure that everything is tuned as much as it can be.
So, before everyone starts getting really pissy about release dates and what not, lets jump back to reality here. Notice that nothing was said about VS2005's release date. if you think about it, Microsoft said a while back that VS2005 would ship in the May-July tineframe, and I don't think that has changed. You should have seen this slip coming months ago, and until Microsoft officially says that Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are being released on the same day, it would be pointless to spred FUD by speculating or assuming otherwise. You know what they say happens when you assume...