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It’s the little things

April 23, 2008

The more I use technology the more I have come to the conclusion that its the little things that cause the most frustration.

As I previously blogged I am using a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Pro after upgrading from 2005 (well not really upgraded I still have 2005 installed as well). While 2008 is a sound product there are a couple of little things that are absolutely frustrating.

1 – absolute positioning of controls.  Labels (in particular) and some other controls cannot be positioned absolutely without editing the source code. Ok for 1 or 2 but an absolute pain in the ass. Microsoft say this will be fixed with service pack 1 but then give no indication of when seemingly brushing it off as a minor thing. Well for me its not it made me stop using 2008 and revert back to 2005 for web development.

2. – deployment projects do not add the desktop icon , start menu shortcut when you install it on the client machines. The program installs fine but you have to manually add links on the start menu and the desktop. Again not a seemingly big problem but a major league pain in the ass.

I would advise anyone to avoid using 2008 for serious development until the small but incredibly frustrating issues are sorted.

Update: I have solved the installer issue. I uninstalled Visual Studio 2005 (I will move to a virtual PC) and this process now functions as expected.

Update 2 : Missed mentioning another one of the little things in VS 2008 that annoys me. With the web designer you cant select multiple controls again VS2005 not an issue.

On a side note – I would like to look at Microsofts expression products but since I use Firefox 3 Beta 5 I cant use siverlight so I cant get any product info and I refuse to use IE.

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