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Visual Studio Express Announcements!

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    Dan


    Fellow C9'ers,

    Since many of you are Visual Studio Express users, I thought you all would want to hear that we are making Express free permanently and we have plenty of new code for you to play with:D

    Here's the announcement I posted to my blog earlier
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    Dear Visual Studio Express community,

    We are incredibly excited to announce that effective April 19th, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, Visual C++, and Visual Web Developer Express will be free permanently!

     

    Prior to this pricing announcement, Visual Studio Express Editions were promotionally discounted to be free for one year, starting on November 7th, 2005. With this announcement, the promotional discount for Visual Studio Express is now permanent and Express will continue to be free.

     

    The key reason for the pricing change was you. You’ve helped make Visual Studio Express a runaway hit, and we’re proud to announce that in the five months since its launch, Express has been downloaded over 5 million times!

     

    In addition to announcing that Express is free, we also have some very cool new content with something for everyone including:

     

    Microsoft .NET Interface for Lego Mindstorms Starter Kit
    The Microsoft .NET interface for Lego Mindstorms enables you to programmatically control Lego Mindstorms directly from Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, or Visual C++ Express. We also have a dedicated sub-page on Coding4Fun on programming Lego Mindstorms with Express.

     

    Beta: Skype Wrapper for .NET Starter Kit

    The Beta of the Skype Wrapper for .NET Starter Kit is a managed code wrapper with samples that enables to programmatically connect and consume Skype services from Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, or Visual C++ Express.

     

    MediaShare Messenger Starter Kit
    The Media Share Messenger Starter Kit is a fully functioning Visual C++ Express custom chat client that enables you to send instant messages to your friends and even share your music collection with them over a local area network (LAN).

     

    Annotated Travel Log Starter Kit

    The Annotated Travel Log Starter Kit is a fully functioning Visual C++ Express travel planning and tracking application you can use to manage your travel plans & routes, as well as track and record your progress.

     

    Beta: Classifieds Site Starter Kit

    The Classifieds Site Starter Kit Beta provides a complete, ready to run, fully customizable, Web site for listing and managing classified advertisements with Visual Web Developer Express and SQL Server Express.

     

    Teacher Starter Kit

    The Teacher Starter Kit is a rich client application for keeping track of students, course rosters, and assessments or grades using Visual Basic or Visual C# Express.

     

    Maker Faire Demo: Dancing4Fun

    The Dancing4Fun demo is a homemade version of the popular Dance, Dance, Revolution arcade game using Phidgets touchpad sensors to time your dancing just right.

     

    Maker Faire Demo: MSN Spaces Photo Booth

    The MSN Spaces Photo Booth demo shows how you can integrate a pan-and-tilt web cam, and an Xbox 360 controller to dynamically upload pictures to your MSN Spaces Web site.

     

    Maker Faire Demo: Skype Home Automation

    The Skype Home Automation extends the Skype Starter Kit to show how you can use an instant messaging application to communicate with a home server for the purposes of automation and monitoring, like checking if the lights are on, or even play your favorite music.

     

    How-To Videos: Windows Forms Controls

    These bite-sized 5-15 minute videos that show how to use common Windows Forms controls including the SoundPlayer, FlowLayout, NotifyIcon, Button, and other controls using Visual Basic or Visual C# Express.

     

    Video Series: SQL Server 2005 Express for Beginners
    This four-hour video series is designed for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of how to create and manage data using SQL Server 2005 Express.

     

    Video Series: Learn how to create Rocket Commander

    Watch and learn how to create professional looking 3D games like RocketCommander using Managed DirectX and Visual C# Express in this 10-part instructional video series. 

     

    Webcast Series: Tools for the Hobbyist Developer
    The Tools for the Hobbyist Developer webcast series covers the spectrum of Express content including game development, programming for hardware, database development and more.

     

    Meet the Express and Coding4Fun Team at Maker Faire
    For those of you in the San Mateo, California area on April 22nd and 23rd, stop on by Maker Faire and say hello to us in person!

     

    Made In Express Contest

    The Made In Express contest is your chance to shine and win $10,000 in prizes by building a cool, fun project using Visual Studio and SQL Server Express. To enter, just submit your idea.

     

    Our thanks again to you, the Visual Studio Express community, for making Express so successful and we hope to continue building great tools and samples to enable the next generation of developers.

     

    Happy coding,

    - Visual Studio Express & Coding4Fun Team

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    Shiv

    Dan wrote:

    Since many of you are Visual Studio Express users, I thought you all would want to hear that we are making Express free permanently and we have plenty of new code for you to play with


    Though expected and long awaited announcement it is great to hear none the less. only today one of my friend came to know about express editions he will get one copy from me tomorrow. it is a true gift to all students. thank you for all those involved in this effort.Smiley

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    littleguru

    Hey. This is cool Smiley

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    ddewbofh

    It's indeed a cool thing to do, visual studio is my all-time favourite IDE. Keeping it free is great for weekend coders like me, good call.

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    littleguru

    One thing that bothers me (just a tiny little bit): Why aren't the samples in all language the same? I ses that there are samples in C++ that aren't available in other languages, for example.

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    billh

    Well, it's about time!

    I've thought about downloading an Express version for a while. I've been using SharpDevelop and I'm wondering how the two compare...guess I'll have to find out.

    btw, I'm going to start filling your Sandbox, Charles, with some whiz-bang C# programs, yo.

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    Manni

    Nice, nice!

    And thanks.

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    Dan

    littleguru wrote:
    One thing that bothers me (just a tiny little bit): Why aren't the samples in all language the same? I ses that there are samples in C++ that aren't available in other languages, for example.



    Good question Big Smile

    We certainly drive to have language equality where possible. It's amusing because VB, C#, and Visual Web Developer Express have had Starter Kits since November, and the C++ community at that time was feeling left out, now the reverse is true:D

    The short answer is that those kits are in C++ because the C++ team created them. We don't have a central cross-group "Starter Kit" team, although individual teams meet weekly. A lot of time it just comes down to whether the individual teams have the resources or not.

    Thanks,
    -Dan

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    rjdohnert

    Its like Christmas in April!!!!  It feels like we won the "Price is Right" without the beautiful women of course.

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    I'm actually doing a project with Lego Mindstorms right now for a freshman engineering class.  If only the .Net Interface for Mindstorms could make autonomous programs...  then I could actually use it.  As is, infrared communication is too slow to meet the requirements of our project (and the robot has to be autonomous anyways).

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    rjdohnert

    Heres your chance to make the improvements you need and to do what you want with the project.  Your creativity is the only limitation

    CannotResolveSymbol wrote:
    I'm actually doing a project with Lego Mindstorms right now for a freshman engineering class.  If only the .Net Interface for Mindstorms could make autonomous programs...  then I could actually use it.  As is, infrared communication is too slow to meet the requirements of our project (and the robot has to be autonomous anyways).

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    DoomBringer

    Spiffy.

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    Xaero_​Vincent

    Now thats news to dance around about!! Big Smile




    Regards,
    Vincent

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    Dan

    rjdohnert wrote:
    Its like Christmas in April!!!!  It feels like we won the "Price is Right" without the beautiful women of course.


    I think you win the award for best Express quote Smiley

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    blowdart

    Dan wrote:
    rjdohnert wrote:Its like Christmas in April!!!!  It feels like we won the "Price is Right" without the beautiful women of course.


    I think you win the award for best Express quote


    Now please fix the SQL Express upgrade process. Please!

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    ZippyV

    Happily playing on my Xbox with Halo 2 (and PGR 2 and Fable) ! Smiley

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    Sven Groot

    Dan wrote:
    Microsoft .NET Interface for Lego Mindstorms Starter Kit

    My god, where was this 4 years ago when I had to do an assignment for the course in AI with a Lego Mindstorms robot? Having to program in NQC (Not Quite C, which in practice is actually Nothing Like C) nearly lobotomized me!

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    Charles

    This is wonderful news!!!

    Thank you VS Team!!!

    Smiley

    C

    PS: billh, please add to the Sandbox. Often!

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