.NET Framework 3.5 in February

Normally I get flooded with messages about stuff like the official release-date for .NET Framework 3.5. But since my Omea Reader database crashed (for the third time, but this time I can’t find a solution to get it working again) and I still haven’t added a lot of blogs again, the only resource I’ve come across that said it was Daniel Moth’s weblog.

Anyway, Daniel Moth just said .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 will be officially released in February next year, but we should be able to get a hold on both before the end of this year. I’ve been wondering about this, since November has been the month for Microsoft to release this kind of stuff. But since the RC1 hasn’t been (publicly) released yet, I was wondering if they’d skip it. I still am, but they’re probably going to release RTM right after Beta 2.

He’s got a list of 10 things you should know about Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. There’s quite good stuff in there with links to more resources. I like that about The Moth, especially because links are often to his own weblog, sharing valuable information.

The only thing I don’t completely agree upon is point 3. My mobile application was build using multi-targeting in VS2008 but the setup was created in Visual Studio 2005. You can’t create setup projects that are based on the .NET Framework 2.0! 🙂

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7 Responses

  1. Sam Guckenheimer (product planner for VS) stated last week in Redmond that he expects VS2008 to be downloadable from MSDN in November and general availability before the end of the year. This wasn’t an official statement though.

    The launch date is February 2008. But launching and releasing are completely separate things for Microsoft.

  2. Daniel Moth says:

    Hi Dennis

    Thanks for reading 🙂

    Can you be more specific about the setup issue? AFAICT, setup projects work fine both for v2.0 via VS2008.


  3. I created a .NET 2.0 application in VS2008 and made a .cab file and a setup project so I could run the setup on my desktop. I developed everything in a VPC (yeah, the one that expired 1/11/07 😉 and copied it to a non-.NET3.5 machine and ran the installer. The first thing it tried to do was install .NET 3.5 on my desktop.

  4. Daniel Moth says:

    When you created the setup, did you change the combobox in the properties to indicate v2.0 instead of the default of v3.5?

  5. As far as I know, I double-checked this, because after noticing the installer was .NET 3.5, I created another installer, to recheck this.

    But as always, when you’re asking, you can’t be too sure! 😉 But I’m 99.9% sure that I did change the combobox to .NET 2.0.

  6. Alex Thissen says:

    Hi Dennis,
    VS2008 will be released before the end of November 2007 (from TechEd Barcelona 2007 keynote). I’ve heard rumors of .NET 3.5 being just before that release. VS2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 will have a combined launch on February, 27th 2008. Like Erwyn said: Launch != Release. 😉

  7. Daniel Moth says:

    Dennis, I just wanted to confirm that you are able to create setup projects with .NET 2.0 only, in VS2008.

    •Right click on your setup project – View – Launch conditions
    •Select your .NET Framework Launch condition
    •Open properties (F4)
    •Version is the fourth property; it is a drop down which you can change to the available versions.

    When you get the RTM bits, let me know if you still face an issue.


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