Microsoft Releases New Visual Studio 2005 SDK Preview

The company unveils the new CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 software development kit and also closes in on "dogfooding" goals for Visual Studio Team System.

Microsoft has made available the latest release of the Visual Studio 2005 software development kit.

The latest release of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK, the February CTP, is now available for download from the Visual Studio Extensibility site, said Rob Caron, a content architect for Visual Studio Team System, in his blog.

The February CTP release includes Microsofts DSL tools, known as the Domain-Specific Languages Extensibility Kit.

"You can also find the Team Planning & Documents from the VS SDK Product Team on the downloads page, too," Caron said. "These docs include … their 12–month plan and the release plan for the March release."

According to the Visual Studio Industry Partner downloads page: "The February CTP is the next milestone in the drive towards the April 2006 v2 release. This CTP contains updated VS Integration sample and documentation content, including updates to the IronPython end-end integration sample. Brand new features of the SDK include the Domain Specific Languages extensibility kit and the Visual Studio Tools for Applications runtime and extensibility kit."

Meanwhile, Microsoft also released its latest "dogfooding" statistics on the TFS (Team Foundation Server) component of VSTS (Visual Studio Team System). Microsoft refers to the practice of using its own technology as eating its own dog food, or dogfooding.

According to John Lawrence, a development manager on VSTS at Microsoft, the latest dogfooding statistics on TFS show 587 active users. Lawrence said Microsofts goal for the shipping version of the product is 600 active users, "so were close enough to declare victory here," he said in his blog.

In addition, TFS had 100 percent availability in the seven-day period before Lawrences blog post, he said. Meanwhile, The 30-day availability was 99.92 percent, he said. "The main problem weve had was the warehouse being offline for a long period while the SQL team helped us debug some issues," he said.


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