Saturday, October 29, 2005

Neodynamic is ready for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and .NET 2.0! Are you?

Last Thursday Microsoft gave to us (MSDN Subscribers) Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 RTM versions. Today, we’ve finished downloading them!

We’ve been working hard for the last months to update our products for this new .NET version, making some enhancements on our code-base and adding some new cool features like Smart Actions or Smart Tags (give you the name you want).
But the hardest work was put on our new Barcode Professional control for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS 2005).

This new release of SSRS opens its doors to allow us, ISVs, so we can provide new controls and components in order the platform is the best in your niche market.
Develop controls for .NET 2.0 was relativity “simple” due to we had all necessary docs to accomplish that. But, it was not the case with SSRS. SSRS Team told several times, that docs for developing controls for SSRS a.k.a. Custom Report Items, will not be available till the official launch of SSRS 2005, i.e. November 7.
As an ISV we cannot admit to wait the official launch to begin developing/updating our products for so cool product and technology. So we began the challenge to develop our Barcode Professional for SSRS 2005 without help docs. We did it and I think that the result is more than excellent – we hope that our customers think the same after use it :-)
So far, the experience was great, fantastic... (all good adjectives) and in next posts I’ll write about it. But the hard work has not finished yet, in fact, it just begins now.
We’re going to install these new babies and see how they finally look. It seems that the next week will be very long …