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I no longer work for a company that readily supplies me with MSDN software so I have to get Visual Studio for myself this time around.  To that end I figured I would investigate the Express Edition.

The first thing I noticed is the separation of project types.  You can only do Windows or Web applications.  You can't do both.  I was wondering if the "search online templates" in the Create Project dialog might give some more options, but this lead to nowhere.

The next step I am looking at is if you can install multiple express editions at one time.  I wouldn't blame Microsoft if they blocked doing this.  Considering Express is free  and having two versions would give you more of the functionality of standard they would want to get paid for their work.  I'll post again once I am done downloading the DVD ISO and attempt the installation.

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 10:55 PM .NET , Visual Studio | Back to top


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I dont agree with the incredible price that MS put on this product. You can download NetBeans IDE for Java from Sun, for free and develop all type of Java applications...there are lots of plugins like UML, which you can create all your UML diagrams and generate code from it.
Dont get me wrong, I would rather write C# in VS all day long but Java is pretty popular right!? They must be doing something right.
Left by Steve Clements on Dec 01, 2007 2:08 AM

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You can install as many versions of the Express Edition as you want. The only thing I find really lacking is with the C++ version, where you can't (officially) do MFC or ATL. But if you're primarily into .NET, then what a sweet thing VS Express is!

-Lorin
Left by Lorin Thwaits on Dec 01, 2007 3:49 AM

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hey can any one tell me what are the limitations of the free express editions...is it we can work on one language only.?
Left by nikhil on Dec 07, 2007 1:49 AM

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You are able to choose C# or VB when you add an object to a web project. I would assume the SQL Server edition is the same, but the ones specifically named for a language limit you to that language.
Left by Tim Murphy on Dec 11, 2007 8:22 AM

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You are able to choose C# or VB when you add an object to a web project. I would assume the SQL Server edition is the same, but the ones specifically named for a language limit you to that language.
Left by Tim Murphy on Dec 11, 2007 8:22 AM

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Yes, you can install multiple express editions at the same time. And I think you get A LOT more than what you pay for with VC2008 EE, as it's a pretty good IDE and compiler (I use C++ mainly). None of the other free alternatives I've found were equally liked by me.
Left by shurcooL on Apr 09, 2008 5:42 PM

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Not included VSTools. Not SQLMetal for LINQ apps
Left by Rave on Nov 01, 2008 6:37 AM

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