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?
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'
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!
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..
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.
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.
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
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