SQL Server 2008 is getting close… I can smell it!

No, this is not a "funny funny, ha ha!" April Fool's Day post (though I do find those entertaining, and considered posting one myself).  This is for real, and it almost made me tingle a little.  I saw this comment from Eric Kang in a Connect item yesterday morning:

"This is a known issue that we have addressed in a release candidate build."

Now, had he posted that this morning, I might have assumed he was taking liberties because of the date.  But since it was yesterday, I have to believe that it is genuine.  If they're already talking about RC builds, we should see them soon… which means, barring any serious show-stoppers, RTM will be just around the corner. 

I'm a little nervous that I'm still finding significant usability issues in CTP6, and since the code is already frozen, these are getting swept under the rug, or deferred to the next release, or maybe we'll see them in a service pack.  Or maybe they will address some of them, quietly, in the next CTP / RC release.

In any case, as with all software, if the pros outweigh the cons, then push forward, right?  Even with little blemishes here and there, I am excited about starting to seriously work with the product, and hope to have it out in production in short order.

Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him. If I've helped you out, consider thanking me with a coffee. :-)

1 Response

  1. Paul Nielsen says:

    On Microsoft CodePLex the default release for AdventureWorks downloads is already set to SQL Servefr 2008