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How about spending the weekend with Express?

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    The Channel 9 Team

    Have you tried out the Express Editions yet? Developed an app that will win the "Summer of Express" contest yet? Here's a few videos to get you motivated this weekend to try out the Express Edition and get started. For more, visit Channel 9's Summer of Express Developer Center.

    Rajesh George - Three new features in SQL Server Express.

    Brian Goldfarb - Working with data in the Web Developer Express Edition.

    Brian Keller - First things to try with J# Express.

    Daniel Fernandez - What's cool in C# Express.

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    srinivas

    Who uses Microsoft SQL Server Express. MySQL is much better.

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    Kaelan

    MySQL is a hobbyist database. MSSQL is designed for much higher-level abstractions and more complex databases, along with more complex querying and things like stored procedures.

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    JamesC

    Don't get the MySQL crowd going on their production-readiness Smiley.  My problem with the Db is the lack of integration with VS.  The development experience with MS SQL is much more pleasant from the standpoint of a WinForms guy.

    I've enjoyed the time spent with express so far, but I'm really waiting for the SQL Express GUI to be released to get serious about it.

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    Xiaoth

    I agree with Kaelan. MySQL is an isolated DB. SQL Server 2000 was sort of an isolated DB, too. But v2005 is not. With integration of C#/VB.NET objects directly in the database, this RDBMS is the largest step ever toward a high-end, commercial quality OOP-oriented database while still maintaining its relational database roots.

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    Gambit

    Back to the original(few week old topic) I'm about to test out what Express can do. I've had it installed for a while and I'm going to see how I can improve the designs of a few utility apps(network music player, web image downloader, and some others) I have written. I also want to see how much I can use Generics in my Basketball game.

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    Charles

    Gambit wrote:
    I also want to see how much I can use Generics in my Basketball game.


    Fantastic. Use Generics liberally where appropriate. You'll be happy with the results.

    Charles

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    Gambit

    Charles wrote:
    Fantastic. Use Generics liberally where appropriate. You'll be happy with the results.

    Charles


    I've already noticed a difference. I've gone through a few files and have changed  my ArrayLists to either Lists, Queues, or StringCollections(Something I think is pretty usefull and didn't know was in 1.1).

    One thing, how efficient are Lists as compared to LinkLists or ArrayLists? I think I remember Anders saying the overhead when using ArrayLists was virtually gone when using the Generics collections(I could be wrong on that)

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    Blue​Firehawk02

    They can have my copy of Whidbey when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

    Can ya tell I'm loving Generics?

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