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Default Can I use the free Visual Studio Express instead of the trial?

I plan on taking my time on this book--more than 90 days. If I use Visual Express, will I be lost or find it difficult to go through the book?
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I have been using VS Express on some fairly serious programming and, other than a few IDE features that are missing, I have not found any language features presented in the book that can't be done with the Express version. If any readers do find one, please let me know as I am unaware of any at this time.
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That's great to hear! By the way keep up the good work. I like the fact that this beginners book doesn't start off with creating a Hello World program and then having the author say "I'll explain all of these codes and characters later in some far off chapter!"

A+. Would recommend!
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So basically the interface and navigation is the same right Jack?
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Almost everything is the same. You do lose some debugging features and there are a few others, but nothing you can't do without when it comes to the book.
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I plan on taking my time on this book--more than 90 days. If I use Visual Express, will I be lost or find it difficult to go through the book?
The current Visual Studio Express version requires Windows 8, so keep that in mind. Perhaps you can still find an older version available that runs on earlier Windows versions.

Whatever version you choose, there's nothing in Dr. Purdum's book that cannot be accomplished with the Visual Studio Express. The 90 limitation only applies to the Trial Version of Visual Studio Professional. If you believe that you're going to take longer than 90 days to move through the material, I'd highly suggest sticking with the Express - not the Professional - version.
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That's odd. I'm running Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2012 Express without problem. I can't remember for sure, but I do think I recall being asked if I wanted to download VS for Windows 7 or 8. I tried 8, but didn't like it, so I stuck with 7 and have been using it for several months now.

I'm away from home right now, but I'll see what I can find out about VS Express, but I'm pretty sure you can run it with 7.
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You're right. They've updated the system requirements of Visual Studio 2012 to include Windows 7. I should have checked the requirements again before responding.

That wasn't the case early on, of that I'm fairly certain. I didn't have Windows 8, so I bought VS Professional in order to work through Dr. Purdum's book along with a few others. Even the book states that Visual Studio 2012 Express was only compatible with Windows 8 at some point in time (page 5).

I'm glad they made this clear...given the similarities between Windows 7 and 8, I didn't really understand why the Express version worked with one and not the other.
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You're right. When I first started to write the book, I downloaded VS Pro Beta (I was a Beta tester). I guess I wasn't paying attention, because that download replaced my Windows 7 with Windows 8. I hated it, probably because I wasn't using a touch screen system. It was just "in my way" all the time. The bad news is that the download was non-reversible. Since I was in FL at the time for a 6 month time period and my master Windows disks were in IN, I had to buy another Windows 7 OS. I was miffed.

When I got up and running, I wanted to see about VS Express and I recall now that it was only available for Windows 8. Since I wasn't going to 8, I used the Pro version at the beginning. I switched to VS Express towards the end of the book after it became available for Windows 7.
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