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...this week's Guardian Technology section contains a piece written on a dining table here in Seattle on Microsoft's new Express family of developer tools.
"Developers, developers, developers ..." People laughed at his gyrations but Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was right on the button with his famous proclamation in 2001. Microsoft needs developers in order to be successful. It is not just its own armies of coders in Redmond and around the world, it is also the many millions who write Windows applications, from commercial tools to open source applications. Without software, Windows would be nothing. Software needs developers, and developers need tools to write code.
I've not just been writing about these tools, I've also been cutting code with them.

I've been using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express for a series of tutorials I'm working on for Web Developer - and was able to build two database driven web applications in less than 3 days (including learning ASP.NET 2.0 from scratch). If you're planning on learning .NET, or need to roll out a development environment quickly, you'll find the Visual Studio Express toolset rather useful - and surprisingly powerful.

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andrewducker
Nov. 10th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
I've not played with the Web side of things, because we don't use ASP at work (we're an IBM shop for web stuff), but the WinForms side of Visual Studio is fantastic - I've used VS2005 Express at home, and I'm looking forward to getting the professional version at work.
mdlbear
Nov. 10th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
You say, "the GNU C++ compiler is key to Linux's success." "gcc" actually stands for "GNU Compiler Collection" -- it compiles C, C++, Objective C, and Java (and probably a couple of others). Most of Linux is actually written in plain C; C++ is second, followed by shell and (somewhat surprisingly) lisp. See More than a Gigabuck: Estimating GNU/Linux's Size and related papers.
perlmonger
Nov. 11th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
(and probably a couple of others)

FORTRAN, Pascal and Ada that I'm aware of. The gcc frontends page lists a few more in development.
kevinwmoor
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
How stunningly sensible.
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