Today, we released Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 Beta, which include the new ASP.NET Dynamic Data. The part that gets a little bit confusing is that the Dynamic Data bits that come with the brand new Beta are actually older than Preview bits that we've had out for a while on Code Gallery! The reason for this is that getting a VS Beta out is a pretty big deal, and we need to start locking down the bits long before the beta goes out. But while we stopped changing the beta bits a while back, we continued to work full speed on what will eventually become the RTM bits. The great thing is that we have been able to put frequent updates up on Code Gallery, which has allowed us to get some super valuable user feedback.
I should also mentioned that we put up a refresh of the Dynamic Data bits on code gallery this morning, at the same time that the Beta was released. And unlike the previews drops that were available earlier on Code Gallery, this new drop requires that you first install the VS SP1 Beta. In fact, this new Preview drop is extremely similar to what the VS SP1 RTM bits will be, as this project cycle is coming to completion.
I know, this all sounds a bit confusing. So what does this all mean to you? Basically, it means that if you want to use Dynamic Data today, the best thing you can do is:
Although the Dynamic Data bits that come with the beta are usable, they are essentially outdated and we would much prefer to have everyone use the very latest.