Alan Dean

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Environment Preparation for Book

Personally, I am a big fan of using Virtual PC for development as it makes changing between software versions so easy and allows easy switching between host machines. So, naturally, an important task in preparation for my book is to set up an image for the development. Here is my recipe:

  1. Windows Server 2008 (I could use Vista but I prefer to develop on a Server OS)
  2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System, including SQL Express 2005
  3. Ancillary Software
  4. ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Release Candidate
  5. Microsoft Azure
    • Developer SDKs
      • Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP)
      • Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
      • Microsoft .NET Services SDK (Dec 2008 CTP)
      • SQL Data Services (SDS) SDK (CTP)
    • Training Kit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I run with a pretty similar setup, you've listed a couple I've not heard of so will take a look. I like lists like this as sometimes finding that killer tool onloy comes from seeing what others use.

You probably know this but there's an issue with the Power Commands that causes VS to bail with an event log entry when adding tools to the toolbox. Still no fix just yet so due to using thrid-party controls I've uninstalled for now.