What about Whidbey beta 2?

Unless you've been missing all the recent news on Microsoft development world, you must have heard we now have .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 out as well as beta 2 for Visual Studio 2005 family. So what?
One thing you should understand is that a beta 2 coming from Microsoft is not just another beta. While beta 1 releases of stuff can be flaky and have a non-finished feature set, beta 2 is often a sign of quality rapidly approaching the release levels. If you haven't tested Whidbey yet, you should now seriously consider it. A good way to start is downloading the VS2005 Express Edition.
You don't have to like .NET, but the release of the first truly mature version of the Framework will be one of the most important changes in the Windows development world for quite some time, you shouldn't just ignore it. Give it a spin if you want to consider yourself an aware professional. Doing it in the beta phase will even give you more time to get acquainted with it before you have to.

May 1, 2005 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· Comments Closed
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