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Visual Studio 2008 Released


You will now find that Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2008 on MSDN for certain subscribers. It will be there soon for everyone, but if you are a Volume User on MSDN, then you might not find it there yet (as of yesterday).

I was pretty excited for this release. Once installed, I had to also install JetBrain's ReSharper and it requires you to do a command line install. Once the .msi for ReSharper is on your machine, you will have to use the following command to install it for VS2008.

msiexec /i ReSharperSetup.3.0.2.VS80.Full.msi VSVERSION=9.0

Once you do this, you will be fine. Beside that, I would recommend this upgrade and there are some exciting features in this release. One being that you can now target and build for the .NET Framework 2.0/3.0/3.5. Though, if you work on a large team with a lot of projects, you also need to be aware that although you can go back and target .NET Framework 2.0 applications, when you open up a 2.0 application within VS2008, you will be prompted to upgrade the application (upgrade to VS2008 - not upgrade to .NET 3.5). You cannot share the same solution file amongst versions of VS2005 and VS2008.

Start installing!