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SQL Server 2008 R2

The RTM date is out for SQL Server 2008 R2. At the UK Tech Days it was released as May 21 of this year, so my guess it’s pretty much done and there’s a little fit and finish work to be completed.

I’m surprised that they can announce that date now. Wouldn’t it be done when it’s done? I’d think that you wouldn’t know what was done, what bugs were in, and when it’s completed until a week or so before. Aren’t final checks and tests needed? If something’s found, then wouldn’t, or shouldn’t that delay things?

I’m not sure why we make a big deal of getting this done. If it RTM’d today, we could still have launch events over the next few months. It isn’t like anyone is really going to stand in line at a store to buy it and deploy it today.

RTM it when it’s done, throw a party for the development/test groups, and then let us get it when we can. We’ll appreciate that more.

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Posted by Glenn Berry on 16 April 2010

I agree about releasing it when it is ready to go, but at the same time I think it is good to set a date. That sets expectations for customers and partners, and having a deadline keeps the SQL Server Developer team focused on the task.

Posted by BuckWoody on 16 April 2010

We have to set a date - lots of reasons inlcuding marketing, partners, the EU and other governments.

And no parties any more - too busy. We just blast from one rev to another now.

Posted by Steve Jones on 16 April 2010

I'm not arguing against a date. I'm just not sure it needs to be that far in the future. I think that makes it likely that developers rush, or that things get slipped in when they're not ready.

I'd rather see the date come when it's ready, say that code is done, gold, and that the RTM will come in 12 days when the masters are pressed.

Posted by David on 21 April 2010

I was also at the UK Techdays and I thought they announced it as April 21st

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