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Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Express, VS 2005 Beta 541

An anonymous reader writes "At the TechEd Europe keynote today, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1. With it, they also released a set of five 'Express Editions' of Visual Studio. These currently free applications offer a student and hobbyist-oriented version of Visual Studio, and are available in C#, C++, VB, Web Developer, and SQL flavors. Each download weighs in at right around 50MB and features tools, documentation, and starter kits. There's been multiple posts and more information on this announcement over at MSDN Blogs, too." Update: 06/29 13:57 GMT by S : A clarification from the Express FAQ: Although the Beta Express products are currently free to download: "We have not announced pricing and licensing and will not do so until next calendar year."
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Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Express, VS 2005 Beta

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  • by bumperbanana ( 788655 ) <> on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @09:51AM (#9559478)
    This is another example of trying to get people hooked into their products... now if only Linux was available in stripped down cheap versions the world would be a better place *confused*
  • Great! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @09:54AM (#9559513)
    Now everyone can create secure, robust and reliable software.
  • RAD? (Score:5, Funny)

    by tod_miller ( 792541 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @10:02AM (#9559602) Journal
    Interesting ideas, but I would say VB is an excellent prototyping tool.

    I wouldn't say it has many advantages in terms of real system development, and I wouldn't want to list any of the disadvantages.

    VB does indeed have a fairly nice UI drawing tool, and you can simply link many forms together, some would say you can even program with it! :-)

    Don't forget: Devleopers developers developers developers, etc :-)
  • by syntap ( 242090 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @10:05AM (#9559628)
    We have a rich databinding model in Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 -- one that supports binding ASP.NET controls against a variety of different data sources. One of these data-sources is the "" control, which is specifically designed to enable you to bind against middle tier object layers, enabling true n-tier databinding using ASP.NET 2.0 controls.

    Even the data source control names are in beta I guess.
  • by Zepalesque ( 468881 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @10:07AM (#9559658)
    The guy assigned to use the VB express edition of looks positively ecstatic [].
  • by oneself ( 104209 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @10:10AM (#9559694) Homepage
    In response to Microsoft's announcement earlier today, GNU released a
    statement announcing Emacs Express. Weighting at around 20M Emacs
    Express comes in Ada, Antlr, Awk, C++, C, Delphi, Fortran, HTML, Java,
    LaTeX, Lisp, Metafont, Metapost, Modula 2, Octave, Pascal, Perl, Pike,
    Prolog, Python, Ruby, Scheme, SGML, Simula, SQL, TCL, TeX, and XML
  • by baudilus ( 665036 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @11:10AM (#9560384)
    password noted. please reply when your passport is created. We'll all d/l using that one.

    Microsoft: What the.. this African accountant is downloading the same package from 15000 different IPs???
  • by RevAaron ( 125240 ) <revaaron&hotmail,com> on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @01:24PM (#9561947) Homepage
    If someone is already willing to try Visual Studio, then I don't understand why they'd be afraid of Passport.


    Because if you use Passport, then M$ will track you all over teh internet!! They will install a new BIOS and sniff your packets until they manipulate you into usign C# and Longhorn and fucking the dead corpose of Linux while you sing the Hymn to Gates! THEY HAVE THAT POWER! And only you can prevent it, by not signing up at hotmail!@$!
  • by zurab ( 188064 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2004 @03:01PM (#9563133)
    (you can only make non-commercial apps with this)

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