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LINQ, Spatial Data, Version 1.00000 in 2008 and More

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Find Out About LINQ and Spatial Data Changes Coming in SQL Server 2008, Straight from Microsoft, In Two Interviews on the Show Today. Find Out What Makes These Features Something People are Really Looking Forward To With The New Release.

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Version 1.00000 Thoughts
Yesterday I asked about whether you felt like the 2008 releass were something you’d be more apt to move to as they are released, or whether you feel like waiting for the first service pack was still the way to go. Historically, people have said that wating for that first update let them avoid the "bleeding edge" issues of releases, letting others take the hit on any issues that came up in earlier deployments.

Overall, there is little hesitation on using Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in terms of feeling the need to wait until the first updates are received. Windows, well, that appears to be another story. Here are some of the comments received – there’s a link after the comments to send in your thoughts.

Dana: "Microsoft is a strange beast, at least with their track record. Some of their products, yes, I’m a 1.00.00 person, others, I’m not even sure if I’m a 3.00 person.

Visual Studio 2008 – definite yes 1.00 – there was widespread usage of its beta, and several dozen respected people in the SharePoint community touted the improvements in VS 2008 at least in terms of SP development that it was a no brainer to adopt it as soon as it hit gold, as we are in the process of implementing MOSS 2007.

Their operating systems – not so much. An operating system is too critical to the overall success of a server to blindly trust a 1.00 without a bit of wait-and-see while the cutting edge gung-ho MS prophets start to use it and identify compatibility and other issues. I’m too busy and rely on our servers too much to risk something blowing up even tho Uncle Bill gave it a stamp of approval. I’d rather be up and running than brag about riding the crest of o/s releases.

SQL 08? No opinion – 2005 works fine (2000 works fine still), and as I’m a southern boy I like to hang on to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” at least until there’s sufficient feature/performance reasons to warrant the upgrade process. And in all honesty I don’t know enough about 2008 to make any judgement calls on said feature/performance reasons versus the 2005 that we just upgraded to late this year."

Shawn: "I can say that for Visual Studio 2008, it’s really an upgrade to 2005. Why? Well, for the most part, the IDE is the same, it’s faster, has very few “big” feature additions. So far, not many crashes. The templates are just that – templates. Add in wizards, etc., minor bug fixes, but again, nothing changed (other than hopeful bug or performance fixes).

The biggest “feature” is the ability to target the 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5 framework in your project.

For some of the Team System things, nothing changed. In fact, the Team Architected Distributed System Designer still uses ASMX instead of WCF – that’s dead end right now – both ASMX and DSD. The movement there is to DSL’s and it’s all addons.

So, been using it since RTM and just converted most environments to it."

More to come – drop me a note with your feedback here.

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