> Visual Studio, specifically VC++6, rocked in the days of writing Windows apps.
> fast fast fast.
> just a glorified text editor, so why are all these windows sliding in and out
> at odd times, they rearranged all the project settings...Plus everything up to
> VS2008 has just been slow for me...from constant annoyingly-slow to
> wait-did-it-freeze-up-on-me-oh-no-it-just-came-back slow. Plus I've been
> able to crash pretty easily all of them...It's just that painful.
Hear, hear. Same pain on my end.
Especially with SSIS; redrawing the pretty little boxes seems to suck up all the processing power, and bring any other MS tools, like instances of SQL Workbench, to a halt.
Add to it the fact that, while the tools allow you to build project using msbuild and useful tools, the defaults are still exactly wrong. I work with a couple of teams at work who regularly have deployments to our production servers bomb, and they can't back out, because setting up the msbuild scripts and properly versioning the right files isn't the default.
It requires you to override the tools and do it manually. The pointers and clickers don't know how to do that and don't want to learn. So where I have Rakefiles (I was using ms-build, hoping to get others to use a decent tool by choosing one from MS. After fighting for months, I said screw it and just started using rake), they have 40 page manual checklists and tons of committee meetings to prevent errors -- and they still fail as often as not, and they never know what changed.
My Rakefiles track changes and version numbers, and I can back stuff out when needed (which isn't often).
Good to hear that 2010 seems to be better; but around here, that means we'll probably start using it in about 2025...