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Visual Studio 2005 Express free permanently

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  1. lotuseclat79

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    Microsoft has decided to continue indefinitely a free development tool offer it launched last year to better attract hobbyists and students to Microsoft's software.

    The company on Wednesday said Visual Studio 2005 Express will be free permanently. When it was released for the first time, last November, Microsoft had said it would be free for a year.

    Microsoft on Wednesday also added more features to its free database, SQL Server 2005 Express.

    Visual Studio 2005 Express comes in different editions, including those for Visual Basic, C#, J#, C++ and a Web development version that uses JavaScript.

    -- Tom
     
  2. JohnWill

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    I think they're feeling the heat from Linux and the free development tools. :)
     
  3. InterKnight

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    Much agreed, JohnWill.

    There are so many development tools which I use on Windows which were created by the open source community. It's amazing to see what they have for free out there.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Microsoft obviously wants to suck people into the NET structure which will lock the applications into Windows. It's a not-so-transparent ploy. :D
     
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    That's my opinion as well. I started teaching myself wxWidgets so that I would not be constrained to Windows development only as I eventually want to begin to design software for various platforms, such as Linux.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Well, IMO it's a bad idea to exclude the Windows platform, but I agree that developing portable applications that work across all platforms is the most desirable way to go.
     
  7. bigk

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    WOO HOO I WANT IT SO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm just kindding! Becuase I Already have it!

    I'm in a computer programming class and the license agreement says that the teacher can give each of there students a copy of visual studio 2005. So I asked him and I manage to get a copy. :) Now the question is, do I want to install all 17 cds? :)

    Since this one was on wednesday when they added the SQL Server 2005 Express how do I get a copy of this? I got my copy last month so obviously I dont have SQL Server 2005 Express cd/program.


    Bigk:)
     
  8. JohnWill

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    Microsoft is suddenly giving away a lot of software. ;) They're also giving away Virtual Server 2005.
     
  9. InterKnight

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    I know that at one point Oracle was going to offer a database (Oracle 10 Express Edition) or something along those lines. They were planning on making it an open source product. They seem to be distributing it freely, but they dropped the open source idea.

    I think that the open source community is growing quite quickly, and I think it has a lot to offer that are probably causing a bit of a ruckus with large-scale businesses.

    Not to ramble on, but one reason I want to get into development is that because of my vision I have to use a screen magnifier program. Microsoft's Magnifier doesn't really cut it, but I use that on PCs when I work for others. I use a program called ZoomText (only made for Windows). ZoomText's price tag is somewhere around $600-$700. I...unfortunately barely make that in a month...My reason for going into development is that I wish to create a magnifier with the same functionality as ZoomText and either make it open source or give a small price for it (around $30 or less). With wxWidgets I would be able to make this magnifier (once I knew how) for various operating systems, so then blind users could make use of operating systems such as Linux if they could not afford Windows...That's my long term goal...anyhow...

    Sorry for the rambling.

    Take care.
     
  10. JohnWill

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    Good luck. :)
     
  11. lotuseclat79

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    Hi BigK,

    To get SQL Server 2005 Express, I would visit http://support.microsoft.com and search for it.

    -- Tom
     
  12. bigk

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    thank you lotuseclat79.

    Bigk:)
     
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    I was installing one of my cds and found that I had SQL Server 2005 express. :) But I do thank you for your help.

    Bigk:)
     
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