Beta & CTP overload

Well I figured it was about time I took a quick look at Avalon (of WPF as it is supposed to be called). Its got 3D stuff in it so its of interest. So downloaded it and the install failed - stupid thing is trying to install beta 2 of the .Net framework. Doesn't really make sense since I already have the August CTP on this machine (as you all know if you were following along with the story from Monday). After a bit of searching I find that WinFX beta 1 only works with Visual Studio Beta 2. Oh look there's a rock and whats that right next to it? Oh its a little hard place.

I admit to being a little bit of a beta sadist, if I see the warning 'DO NOT INSTALL THIS ON AN IMPORTANT MACHINE' it just makes me a little more excited. Working at Microsoft for many years has this effect on you. I found most people there fall into 2 categories.

  1. I hate betas: These folks will do anything to get out of doing their dogfood duty. They will get their managers to send emails saying how important their job is. They will claim they don't have time, blah blah blah blah blah
  2. I love betas (and alphas [and pre alphas]): People like me who inevitably cause chaos by have at least 3 or 4 betas at a time and therefore making it impossible to isolate which is causing the bug. Of course you get screwed her because product groups don't see the need for good uninstallers until beta 2. Ghost is your friend here but remember to keep your document files on a different drive.

My favourite beta was IE4... I saw that one require machines to be reformatted.....

Back to the story, I need August CTP to make The ZBuffer work, I can't really run WinFX in virtual PC because its the accelerated 3D stuff I want to see and I bet that doesn't work in VPC. So I only really have one choice - pollute my laptop which was up until now a clean machine. But hey I was losing sleep over that.

While I'm at it I'm putting Vista on there too. I don't want to be the only guy at PDC that doesn't at least have a dual boot. Thanks to the magic of Partition Magic I managed to clear out a space for it and its installing as I speak. In fact maybe I will put WinFX on there - and hey why not Visual Studio beta 2 as well. I feel like I'm doing a science experiment.

Published 16 September 2005 11:50 PM by zman


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