The Visual Studio Express Editions are part of the Visual Studio family of products and provides easy-to-use, easy-to-learn tools for hobbyists, students, and novices without the steep learning curve of professional developer tools. The Express products can be used to build dynamic Web sites, powerful Windows applications, and cross-platform Web services. The Express Edition products are broken down as shown below:
- Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
- Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
- Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
- Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
- Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
The Express editions can be used to learn the fundamentals of programming using a streamlined, lightweight development environment that includes a wealth of samples, tutorials, and community support. You can create exciting applications for your personal enjoyment, to share with friends, or even to distribute to a wider audience.
Enterprise development environments can be overwhelming for beginning developers. The goal with the Express editions was to create a lightweight product in terms of size while retaining a large set of features. Downloading and installing is quick and easy with setup files of only 50 MB or less. The Express editions are also easy to use. They offer in-product and online help, along with a streamlined user experience to keep the focus in the right place.