Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Feedback on testing Orcas

Brian Harry in his blog has a post that talks about the feedback received for Orcas. He explains all the points nicely. It is very positive to see that you have talked about the feedback in detail.

One of the things that I found keeping me from installing VS Orcas Express edition for instance, is not knowing the following:
a) I have VS C# Express edition installed on my machine. Do I uninstall that before I get Orcas Express?
b) Will both work side by side?
c) Do I need VS C# Express edition as I believe I can do everything in Orcas C# express edition? Is that a true statement? Like can I continue writing my Media Center (MCML) apps with Orcas C# Express?

Update from Brian Harry:


Rupak, here's the answers to your questions that I got from the Express team...
a) I have VS C# Express edition installed on my machine. Do I uninstall that before I get Orcas Express?
>> We tested the scenario of having the Express 2005 products installed at the same time as the Express “Orcas” products (we call it side by side) pretty well and it worked most of the time for us. You may encounter some issues –for example when you uninstall the Express “Orcas” product you’ll need to repair Express 2005 – but on the whole it should work. That said, if it doesn’t, please tell us.
b) Will both work side by side?
>> Yup.
c) Do I need VS C# Express edition as I believe I can do everything in Orcas C# express edition? Is that a true statement? Like can I continue writing my Media Center (MCML) apps with Orcas C# Express?
>> In terms of functionality, “Orcas” Express is a superset of the 2005 Express line, so you should be able to do everything you did in 2005 with Orcas.

Brian


So, in my case I have the time and enthusiam, but I do not have the information to install the products in a manner that it does not disrupt my existing work. Please mind that I am not complaining but just wanted to provide feedback that, some basic instructions/requirements in view of the existing products in the download page of the new product will greatly help. A very good example is the Expression products page. They clearly indicate what to do. Hope this will encourage more people to use Orcas.

See my other posts on Orcas here and here.

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