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    What version of .net express to use?

    Hi friends

    I have only use visual basic.net express the first version 2005 and now 2018.

    I like to try my hand on it again, what express version should i try which is not too heavy on the resources. What SqlExpress should i go with?

    Is there a choice of 32 bit & 64 bit and what is your choice?

    What is the difference with Visual Studio 2017, is this free? I think Studio comes with C++

    Where is the best place to download, how about from getintopc.com??
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Microsoft has not offered Express editions of VS since 2010. The Express editions were all specialised: Windows apps in VB, Windows apps in C#, web apps in VB and C#. Since then, the free edition of VS has been Community. It's pretty much the same as the Professional edition but free for lone developers.

    When you install VS, you can choose which components to install, so you can choose just Windows development in VB and C# if that's all you want, plus you can install ASP.NET support, C++ support, game development support and various other general and specific components. You can install SQL Server LocalDB with VS too. If you don't have some specific reason not to, I don't see why you wouldn't download VS 2017 Community edition from Microsoft and install the components you want of that.

    VS itself is a 32-bit app but the language compilers can build both 32- and 64-bit apps.
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    One of the "other" that JMC mentioned is much better JavaScript support, and Cordova (I guess that's technically two, but you'd use JS for Cordova), which really opens up options for writing web and tablet apps.
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    For web development, I've been using Visual Studio Code... which is a lightwieght development tool that runs on plugins. One of the things I like about it is that it has a terminal interface built-in so when I need to issue a git command or a ng directive, I can open the terminal execute my command and it's done right there, no need to dump out to a separate console window. It also supports multiple terminal windows too, so in one I can be running the ng serve command, pop open a second one, and use it to create a new component and add it to my app, save it, and the web page refreshes with the changes. And the javascript/typescript/angular support in it are far better than I've gotten anywhere else.

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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    I also use VS Code for web development. It's a bit laggy compared to native editors, but fast enough for me.

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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    You guys who are using VS Code for web development, are we talking ASP.NET MVC or something else? We use Code for PHP in my office but VS Pro for MVC.
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Many many thanks for the care in all the advice. Salute

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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcilhinney View Post
    You guys who are using VS Code for web development, are we talking ASP.NET MVC or something else? We use Code for PHP in my office but VS Pro for MVC.
    Most of my use with it has been with Angular - I did dabble with it using ASP.NET Core for a couple hours one day but I was after something else, so I didn't go too far with it, but yeah, it should be able to handle ASP.NET MVC with the right plugins. That's how it works. The app itself is really just a shell, then you activate plugins that then deal with the different file types. So I've got a bunch of Angular/TypeScript/Javascript plugins, a few PHP ones, and a couple others.

    The integrated terminal window is a real time saver too.

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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Just one confirmation

    Enterprise & Profession VS is not free, is it right?

    If i download it will be only on trial for a period of ??, Is this correct from Novice.

    Also from the installer, after the initial installation of the community version, i still have to install the package for all windows of about 13G, before i can get the vbu.exe to open the old .vbproj created in 2005, correct??
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Community is the only free version of VS 2017. I've never use Community but, as far as I'm aware, the installer is the same as it is for Pro and Enterprise. In that case, you simply check the packages and/or individual components you want installed. If you select the .NET Desktop Development workload then you'll get everything that was in VB Express and C# Express and the ASP.NET & Web Development workload will add everything that was in Visual Web Developer Express. You can add others if you want them but you don't need them to create WinForms, Console and Web Forms applications.
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    Re: What version of .net express to use?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcilhinney View Post
    You guys who are using VS Code for web development, are we talking ASP.NET MVC or something else? We use Code for PHP in my office but VS Pro for MVC.
    I use it primarily for PHP etc. but also C/C++. haven't really touched ASP.NET/MVC.

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