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« on: November 06, 2009, 10:03:20 pm »

Are the Express versions of Visual Studio decent?

I have a copy of VS 03 (or 05?) that I got from going to the release party but I'm wanting to use some of the cool features I saw in the presentation of VS08 I went to a year or so ago...

I program in VB.net but it is mostly for web, so I think I would want the web dev version. Has anyone here used it? Does it do all the new Ajax stuff?

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 12:18:52 am »

They are absolutely better compared to older express vesions along with SQL Server Express 2008 too. It has a Javascript intellisense and CSS intellisense too!

I would say give it a try Simmo smile
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009, 07:27:05 pm »

yep they are good and free which is always good
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009, 09:53:26 pm »

D/L'ed the web dev one this weekend, didn't play with it too much but I haven't noticed anything missing yet. I'm still worried I'm going to be in the middle of something and find out "oh, can't do that with the express version" laugh1
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 05:25:55 am »

The main thing missing is the ability to add plugins into the installation. You only get that with the paid versions of Visual Studio.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 08:42:01 pm »

Ah cool, at the moment I don't use any plugins at home and don't think I plan to. At work I use some 3rd party data grids and safe source add-on.
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2009, 07:14:52 am »

Third party form controls can be used. You just need to add them to the toolbox but I don't think you could use the Safe Source add-on because express versions don't have that access.
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009, 04:20:41 pm »

Cool, I don't think I would ever use either. I wouldn't need VSS at home since it's just me, and I don't care much for 3rd party controls, unless I do a freelance project for a client that does require a 3rd party component, so being able to do that is a plus.

Have you ever found where you wanted to do something but couldn't due to it being the express version?
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