178,920 Cans of Soda Later, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (and ASP.NET) Are Finally Done!
ASP.NET V1.0 has been released to manufacturing and is now available for immediate download from http://www.asp.net. In addition to the release of ASP.NET, Microsoft released Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework. These are both available for MSDN subscribers on MSDN, Microsoft's resource for developers to stay current on the latest Microsoft technologies.
The .NET Framework is available at no charge at: <http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/default.asp?url=/downloads/sample.asp?url=/msdn-files/027/000/976/msdncompositedoc.xml&frame=true>
Visual Studio .NET is available for MSDN subscribers at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/
These releases signal the arrival of the products that enjoyed the largest public beta in Microsoft's history, with over 3.5 million copies distributed.
As Scott Guthrie of Microsoft stated, "It has been a long road since the project's inception and a truly amazing beta process." The product is slated to officially lauch to the public on February 13, 2002.
In recognition of the final countdown to the official launch, here are some final statistics about the ASP.NET V1 Project:
# of ASP.NET Pages served by www.msn.com site (with beta2!)
# of lines of source code in the project
# of ASP.NET Beta2 CDs distributed in magazines
# of downloads of the IBuySpy samples
# of cans of soda (approximately) consumed by team during project
# of attendees at the one TechEd and two PDC events so far about .NET
# of hours of server stress on the RTM bits (with zero failures!)
# of customers that deployed ASP.NET Beta2 apps w/ Go Live License
# of .cs source files in the .NET Framework source tree
# of days since ASP.NET V1 started (4 years ago!)
# of samples in the ASP.NET Quickstarts
# of ASP.NET Community Sites listed on www.asp.net
# of international languages ASP.NET will be localized into
# of .NET code languages that developers can use with ASP.NET
# of ASP.NET books on bookshelves today (40+ more coming!)
# of times ASP.NET is faster than J2EE on SUN's Petstore app!
# of MSFT buildings we have occupied (buildings 6, 31, 10, 42)
# of product names ASP.NET has had (XSP, ASP+, ASP.NET)
# of days you need to wait for ASP.NET V1 to ship - it is here now!
Final words from Microsoft ASP.NET team on the release of ASP.NET...
"V1 is only the beginning...."
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