• Visual Studio

    From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to art on Fri Dec 4 13:38:00 2009
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    By: art to mrproper on Thu Dec 03 2009 14:36:17

    On another note--I have installed VS2010, but not yet use it. Nightfox, I you mentioned that you've used it before? What's new with 2010?

    Actually I haven't used 2010 yet.. I've been using Visual Studio 2008.

    I must be the only idiot in the world to have actually purchased VS2008 Professional Edition, and now they've giving most of it away for free! D'

    There are actually some differences between the Express versions and the Professional editions.. I noticed that Visual C++ Express does not come with the resource editor, which is included in the Professional edition. The resource editor can be fairly handy for including things like icons, bitmaps (graphic data), etc. in your executable. I'm sure there are other features that aren't included in the Express editions too..

    On the plus side I can legitimately use as many SQL 2005 instances as I w plus it comes with the SQL Developer edition which is almost the same as Enterprise... tasty!

    I haven't used Microsoft's SQL Server, but I've used MySQL and PostgreSQL and must say that they're pretty good for free products. I believe that open-source products (such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Linux, Apache, etc.) really seem to be competitive with other proprietary solutions that cost a lot of money.

    Nightfox

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  • From art@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Sat Dec 5 16:17:00 2009
    Re: Visual Studio
    By: Nightfox to art on Fri Dec 04 2009 13:38:30

    There are actually some differences between the Express versions and the Professional editions.. I noticed that Visual C++ Express does not come wit the resource editor, which is included in the Professional edition. The resource editor can be fairly handy for including things like icons, bitmaps (graphic data), etc. in your executable. I'm sure there are other features that aren't included in the Express editions too..

    Yes, it comes with a lot of extras like built-in context-sensitive help and more, which is generally really handy... however the basic Express edition is all knowledgeable programmers would probably need, apart from API docs which are available on MSDN's website. A great move on Microsoft's part to release Express editions for free, given that netbeans and eclipse have similar strategies.

    I haven't used Microsoft's SQL Server, but I've used MySQL and PostgreSQL an must say that they're pretty good for free products. I believe that open-source products (such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Linux, Apache, etc.) really seem to be competitive with other proprietary solutions that cost a lot of money.

    Yep, I use MySQL for many things as well, however MSSQL definitely has it's benefits. I guess I'm biased as we are a Microsoft partner at work, and almost all our clients use MSSQL, I'm much more familiar with the MSSQL Management tools/client end. To each his own, I guess. The big killer is that MySQL is free whereas MSSQL's free version is somewhat more crippled.

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  • From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to art on Sat Dec 5 11:23:00 2009
    Re: Visual Studio
    By: art to Nightfox on Sat Dec 05 2009 16:17:04

    more, which is generally really handy... however the basic Express editio all knowledgeable programmers would probably need, apart from API docs wh are available on MSDN's website. A great move on Microsoft's part to rele Express editions for free, given that netbeans and eclipse have similar strategies.

    Yeah, I think it's pretty cool that they've released the Express editions for free.

    I just remembered that another thing missing from the Express editions is MFC (Microsoft's proprietary library for creating a Windows GUI with C++).
    However, if you don't need to work on any MFC code, you can install wxWidgets, which I've found to be a great alternative to MFC in that it's multi-platform and open-source.

    Yep, I use MySQL for many things as well, however MSSQL definitely has it benefits. I guess I'm biased as we are a Microsoft partner at work, and a all our clients use MSSQL, I'm much more familiar with the MSSQL Manageme

    I understand how that goes.

    I had a job for a few years at a company that used purely Linux and other open-source software. I had used Linux at home sometimes too, but it helped to see Linux in action in a business environment. As long as people are willing to learn Linux (or perhaps are already familiar with it), it's pretty awesome to be able to use Linux for business and not have to pay any money for license fees, upgrading, etc. if you don't want to. And the software is great, too.

    Nightfox

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