In 2 weeks we will be half way through Quarter one. Surely you have a firm date for VS2008 support by now please?
Im going to have to make some tough choices and shift to a new toolset that does support VS2008, which would be a shame. We all have to provide dates to our clients as professional software development shops, and I'm getting a really bad taste in my mouth about the lack of VS2008 support and the fact you are not even providing a date for it. I must admit I am disappointed at the seemingly lack of care or concern over this issue, and feel Infragistics really missed the ball on Visual Studio 2008, which at the end of the day is your cash cow product.
Can you at least give us a firm date please so we can do some planning please?
Thanks in advance,
If only it were that easy..
Here's the dilemma. We are trying to get our NetAdvantage 2008 Volume 1 release out the door which is where the VS2008 support will end up. Because the VS2008 support is tied to a new volume release, it means it has to wait until our QA team has verified that we can indeed RTM (which means testing all new features for the volume release, etc). That as you know, is not something that you can simply set a date on. We have to hit certain code coverage numbers and metrics before we can ship the product.
That all aside, as of today the ship date for NetAdvantage 2008 Vol 1 is set for Feb 11. Barring any critical showstopping regression issues, expect to have your new version by Valentines Day.
I thank you, and everyone else for your continued patience and honest feedback.
I bow before your greatness, and appreciate you for giving us some feedback and a planned date. I also appreciate the quick and candid response.
Now I can sleep tonight knowing I can rely on my trusty Infragistics control suite, that I have been using since the ultrasuite days, and not have to redesign! :-)
One thing I would urge you and anyone else in a similar situation to do is please please please be sure to report any bugs you found with VS2008 support. We have a great QA team here, but testing for VS2008 isn't something that can be automated. And I can't even dream of some of the forms you're putting together.
I'd rather be certain that we know about your issue and have a planned fix date for it. At this stage it's unlikely that new bugs fixes will go into the release stream, since we're so close to release. Unless it's a super critical crashing showstopper (just made that classification up, but you get the point) it will instead get rolled into a hotfix build. Understanding the challenges that you and others are facing getting going with VS2008, these bugs are certainly a priority on our end. If one of your bugs doesn't make it into the RTM build, we'll do everything we can to get you a fix ASAP.
Thank you Tony for letting us know the expected release date, Im sure it has eased a few minds. During the 2006 and early 2007 days, beta versions were available to subscribers along with information on what the latest version will contain. Does Infragistics no longer provide this or is it tucked away in the downloads section and I missed it? I can't think of any better way to get your product tested with 'real world' usage.
Thanks Paul for asking about the beta program. Having been a beta tester in the past I was wondering what happened to the program myself.
Seems like it ended with the 2007.3 version. Can't say I ever contributed much because of time constraints but it was nice to help out a little from time to time.
It was fun although somwtimes tough to keep secret some exciting feature or fix that a forum poster was anxious about.
Have fun, keep up the good work Infragistics!