Free Developer Tools from Microsoft

Just seen on Lifehacker that Microsoft have released cut-down Express versions of their pricey development software. Available are:

  • Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual J# 2005 Express Edition

That’s an excellent idea imho – I liked vb.net as a programming language when I used it, and bought vb.net studio for £75 or so, only to have it become redundant when the dotnet framework 1.1 was released and didn’t support the first release of vb.net studio. So that sucked. This would have been much appreciated at the time!