Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

28 07 2007

Tonight I installed Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 on a fresh Virtual PC.

While I have only touched the surface of using the product, I do have these initial impressions:

  1. I love the new “Organize Usings” menu option. I’m a bit of a neat freak when it comes to my code, and this will save a bunch of time. I don’t recall seeing it in Beta 1, so I’m assuming this is new…
  2. I’m thankful that the WPF designer now remembers if you last have XAML or Designer view open, when you re-open the solution.
  3. Unless I’m missing a setting somewhere, it seems as though xml elements are not automatically “closed-off” when editing XAML by hand. This is annoying, and makes manually editing XAML somewhat slower in VS2008 compared to VS2005. I wonder if someone could come up with a hack to fix this?

Overall, I’m really impressed! I’m looking forward to diving a bit deeper over the weekend…