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Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions - Free!

November 9th, 2005 (10:16 am)

I know most of the readership of this are Macintosh fans, but I'll mention this anyway - it might be worth firing up Virtual PC.

If you download an Express edition of the newly launched Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 within the next year, it will be free (in perpetuity, though the intention seems to be to charge for Express editions downloaded after November 7th 2006). If you're at all interested in tinkering at home with ASP.NET, C#, C++, Visual Basic or SQL Server, it's a no-brainer to get hold of the relevant edition. There are also some additional incentives to register.

I can't say I've tried the Express editions out myself yet but, whatever may be missing compared with the full-fat commercial versions, a dedicated IDE for .NET development, with online help and IntelliSense, will make a real difference to how approachable development is. You can also choose to use the command line tools that ship with the .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 2.0 SDK (downloads), and, if you're keen enough, you can investigate building cross-platform .NET programs using Mono.

Comments

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Conrad

I don't even understand what any of that means...

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
Robot Maria

It's of more interest to developers!

Posted by: Toby Atkin-Wright (tobyaw)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)

Instead of tagging the post software development, maybe you need to tag it warning! not safe for historians?

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 10th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Conrad

I do understand some computer stuff (re: Macs).

Posted by: Andrew Patterson (qidane)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)

I find just smiling and nodding is the simplest way to cope...

Posted by: msinvisfem (msinvisfem)
Posted at: November 9th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Beep the Meep

Hee. You got guts girly... ;-)

(And to placate Gavin I am using my Beep icon. That should work, right?) :-D

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