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Which Visual Studio?

Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:17 AM

Ok so I'm looking at getting something to write my code in as I'm about to start a computer science course but I don't know what to get.

I have been looking at both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 but I'm not sure which one is better?

Or am I missing out on another equally as good if not better bit of software that will meet my needs??
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:45 AM

I have 2005 since I bought it before 2008 was out and I don't really see a need to upgrade right now.

Soon there will be no less then 10 posts decrying Microsoft and the evils of Visual Studio. You could always use a free compiler.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:42 AM

Newer is gooder. ;) Given a choice, I can think of no real compelling reason to choose the older 2005 over the newer one.

Actually, I take that back, I don't think a few components made it to 2008, SharePoint and Reports, I think. Then again, MS has been treating SharePoint like a red headed step child for some time now.

That said, it's also the case that you'll find things that require 2008. For a web developers in particular, ASP.NET has some neat Ajax stuff built in. Is LINQ 2008? Ok, not a good supporting argument, but still.

If you're just looking to write code, just download all the Express editions. They're real close the commercial stuff in most respects. Visual Studio is pretty cheap, as these things go. But I wouldn't drop ~$3K on it when you have the express stuff.

Oops, looks like it's down to $549. :P That said, if you want to buy the toy, I'd wait until 2010.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:29 AM

KYA & baavgai are both right lol :)

if u already have 2005 then it just aint worth paying the rather large upgrade fee to 2008 unless some of the 2008 features like linq is a must, however if u aint got either, plump for the later version unless u get a deal on 2005 that makes it worthwhile, but as u are doing a course, maybe u should check to see if u can get an academic version at a fraction of the price. another option is to download the free version of 2005 or 2008, it aint got as many features as the professional version but may get u started.

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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:12 PM

2008 [new is better] because it will become old one day and 2005 will go first.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:10 AM

if u can get both for the same price then theres no reason not to use 2008. it can do just as much as 2005, and then some. and the type ahead is a million times better in 2008. so, to me, that is worth it alone.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:55 AM

Can and confirm/deny you can install "Visual Studio 2008 Upgrade" if you an Express Edition (Say Visual Basic 2008 Express) installed already?
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:00 AM

Just wondering if your school is part of the MSDN Academic Alliance program.
If it is, You will be able to get the current Visual Studio for free by enrolling in programming courses. I currently have VS2005 pro and VS2008 pro
Or:

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Has Server 2003, VS2008 & 2005, SQL Server 2008, Robotics Developer Studio, XNA Game Studio, etc......


Also, It depends on what lang your programming.
I like Eclipse for programming PHP, Java, Javascript, etc....

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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 11:35 AM

08... but if u are a student, just either get the trial version or the express version
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:46 PM

2008 of course.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:24 PM

I was going to go for 2008 but I just wasn't sure. Thanks for all the input.
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Re: Which Visual Studio?

Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:54 PM

I personally like using the newest features available to me... In this case VS 2008, for this reason, on personal projects I will use 2008. But for most (key word being most, not all) professional endeavours I will use VS 2005 for the simple fact I am not requiring my clients end-users or my clients themselves to upgrade to the 3.0+ framework. In my experience getting a client to upgrade 20, 30, 50, 100+ machines on their network always seems to be like asking a poor man for a $1,000 check.
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