Well the download took it's sweet time, but as I say... It;s working.
Yup VS2008 Beta2 Pro is installed and ready to cook.
Note: I have also installed the very latest builds of Coderush and RefactorPro and both are working fine. I will say that I am in fact working with a "Daily Build" of each (version 2.2.4 - dated 27th July 2007) so your mileage may vary.
Sub note: If you're a subscriber to either then you to can request a "Daily Build" from the support team. Although these may not be "stable" builds. :)
Anyway back to VS2008. As I said it installed very nicely and appears to function very nicely. Worth saying that, whilst it is a little slow in places, the general experience is not bad at all.
So far I have only had time to check out 'XML-Literals' and hunt around for the Multi-Targeting (hard to find it but it's on the "Compile" tab of the project properties and is triggered by the "Advance Compile Options" button.
If there's anyone out there who is on or knows someone on the VB.net team, can you ask them to either beat the C# team into submission or alternatively cave themselves so that we can have a little more consistency in the placement of such "Cross language" features.
Having said that much Kudos to said VB.net team. I love XML Literals. Now I just have to find out how to extract data from them as simply as declaring them.
I still haven't made up my mind (Yeah as if I could have done that about anything in so short a space of time.) about whether or not I like the hyper enthusiastic intellisense.
On the one hand it does help with things like XML-Literal syntax but then it is very hard to take when it blocks Coderush's 'ms' template. (and many more I suspect.)
Ok that's it for now. I'll let y'all know how I get on as and when I discover new and cool stuff.