Visual Studio 2005 Vs Visual Web Developer 2005


I am thinking of getting my hands dirty on .NET programming, I have been exclusively doing web development using Coldfusion until now, thinking of learning .Net as I see more promising career in .NET in my area.

Please bear with me, my question is very basic, I have being using eclipse until now, and have been spoiled by its flexibility

Ok, I bought a book, I want to try some coding, so now I am stuck with choosing an IDE. My understanding is that the express edition for visual studio has 3 IDEs (C#, VB.NET, Web Developer), but the actual visual studio that one has to pay for is just one application, is that right. How do these free IDEs compare to the actual IDE on performance and ease of use, other limitations  etc.  Should I try to get the paid version, or are the free ones all put together as good as the paid one? I am kind of scared by these free version, because I downloaded SQL server express edition, and the management studio's look and feel is so different from SQL server enterprise manager, which I work with at work. It is weird and slow and I didn't use it after the first time. So please help me here, if some one has used both the free and paid one, please give some comparison.

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 Performance wise the free one's compare well.

I would suggest using the free ones till you are comfortable and then decide to go with the Standard / professional edition depending on your need.

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8/9/2008 9:54:38 PM


Thanks for the reply, The list is big, looks like the free ones will work for now, the book I have for ASP.NET assumes I have visual studio 2005, it does look like it is referring to the paid one, so I might have some problems there, but hopefully it will be straight forward and I will be able to figure it out.


8/9/2008 10:43:03 PM

 Hi Ksun,

as mentioned in my earlier post.. you should be good to start off with the free version and then migrate to the paid version 

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8/9/2008 10:51:36 PM

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