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Hey, Reason for the question I'm just getting back into programming after a long layoff. I thought I could DL the latest DX SDK and carry on with my trusty Visual Studio 6 Standard app. Turns out this isn't possible. I've been pointed in the direction of MS Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition that you can DL free from MS. Just wondering do most newbies (I'm classing myself as a newbie again because I'm forgotten more than I learned LOL) use Express and then go upto the standard edition? In short what are you other beginners using for C++ and DX SDK app dev? Thanks,

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The 2005 Express Edition is very good, I use it myself and I'd highly recommend it. Your free alternatives that I'm aware of are Dev-C++ and Code::Blocks, both of which also make a perfectly fine development environment for a beginner. If you're planning on shelling out the cash for the Visual Studio Standard Edition at some point I'd definately say you might as well go with the Express Edition for now so that at least you'll be working with a similar environment.

Some beginners do seem to find Dev-C++ a little easier to set up for basic learning projects judging from a few of the comments I've seen though.

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Well, I don't consider myself a newbie with C/C++, and I'm almost intermediately skilled in C# now. But I'd still consider myself semi-newbie with DirectX.

I started C/C++ using Dev-C++ 4. I liked it. It's a nice environment, and I found it very easy to use. But then I decided I wanted to get into more "hardcore" programming. LoL. I really wanted to learn MFC. So I purchased Visual Studio 6.0 Pro, because I found it for really cheap. =P I liked it.

LoL, I used VS 6 up until about 6-7 months ago, when I found a fairly cheap copy of VS .NET 2003 Pro. Then, I downloaded VC++/VC# 2005 Express from MS's website. I liked them even better, and I wanted to start getting into .NET development even more, and be up-to-date. =P

About 2 months ago, I purchased VS .NET 2005 Pro. And I'm loving every minute of it. LoL. I mainly do C# programming now, whether it's Windows Forms applications, Database applications (MS Access/SQL), or MDX. It just depends on the mood I'm in when I get that urge to program. =)

But I'd recommend VS 2005 Standard if you're a hobbyist programmer. I am a hobbyist programmer myself. But the "Professional" package was actually a gift from my family, for my b-day in April. So I guess it was ALMOST 2 months ago. =P That's the only package they could find -- the first one they could find. So they got it for me. They know how much I love programming.

As long as you have the money. It's not too expensive. But it's not the cheapest either. I apologize for such a long post. But I thought I'd give you my feedback, because I started with Dev-C++, and moved my way up to VS 2005 now. =) Sorry!

-- Matt U.

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I previously used VC++ EE, but after I got my copy of Visual Studio 2005 I am now content.

I would reccomend that you do the same. If you want to program using DirectX, Visual Studio 2005 is probably the most efficent way to go.

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I was using Visual Studio 2005 Beta until about a month ago when the evaluation period expired (it lasted a good year or so at least). Currently using Express and am very happy with it =)

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Visual Studio 2005 Academic Version
Cost of admission: student id and $49.99 . . .

I feel guilty, as if I'm supposed to be using the GCC or DevC++ as it seems to be the elitist programmer's choice.
Honestly, I used DevC++ during my early days doing C++ and tried an evaluation of Borland, but from Visual C++ 6 to .Net 2003 to this new one, the Microsoft IDE is simply my favorite.

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I use visual stdio 2003 ,it works better than vc6 . And vc2005 I have had a try to use it ,but the version is Express ,so it can not build an application based on Windows SDK ----maybe it can and I do not know.

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You can get Visual Studio 2005 Standard here. That is, if they haven't run out or stopped but I think you're good 'till June 30 or something like that. There's a thread about it somewhere here.
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I use visual stdio 2003 ,it works better than vc6 . And vc2005 I have had a try to use it ,but the version is Express ,so it can not build an application based on Windows SDK ----maybe it can and I do not know.
It can, you just have to download and install the Platform SDK.

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I use visual stdio 2003 ,it works better than vc6 . And vc2005 I have had a try to use it ,but the version is Express ,so it can not build an application based on Windows SDK ----maybe it can and I do not know.

Using Visual C++ 2005 Express with the Microsoft Platform SDK.

The fourth instruction on the Visual C++ download page directs you to this, but it seems most people stop reading after the download link in step two. Installing the Platform SDK and following the instructions on that page will enable the creation of Win32 projects.

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