As the world’s foremost early adopter, I usually recommend that people take my enthusiasm about new technologies with a grain of salt. However, I am in a big hurry to get my hands on the current alpha build of Whidbey. (ASP.NET, VS.NET, etc.) However, it isn’t so I can play with it or do early projects taking advantage of new features… it’s because we’re starting to build out our 3.0 suite of FusionPak applications (ContentController, CommerceManager, etc.) and I want to make sure that the stuff I build is architected with the new building block APIs in mind… I want to make sure that I will be able to build providers for ASP.NET 2.0’s intrinsic membership, roles, personalization, and management tools so that when Whidbey ships we’re ready with support.
Today’s demos really drove home for me how important this is– the controls they are providing are amazing.