Visualizers in Whidbey are going to be cool, but you can do some awesome debug customizations in VS.NET 2003 today with the VSTweak powertoy. Check out this thread for more info.
I agree with Darcy, there is no Software Crisis, unless you are a person or company that never offered any real creative input to the design process of interesting software. When it comes down to it Visual Studio is partially there to help enable the people bring their visions to life without having to rely on someone who gets paid a lot to memorize syntax and unnecessarily complicated algorithms.
Chris questioned his blogging motives. I thought about mine and here is what came to mind:
Gunner paid out on a per bug basis to his testers. If I did this for my team I’d be broke. The volume is probably a bit different, but they find a TON of great bugs. <inside joke>Of course I’d probably just win it back from them at poker. </inside joke>
Alex is only half right. True, most people do not write code for free. However I’d contend that most OSS projects are not selfless acts done for the betterment of all mankind.
The reason there are not as many .NET OSS projects has less to do with the mindset of .NET developers and more to do with the fact that .NET is a relatively new thing.