Visual C++ 2005 Express edition for FREE

category: code [glöplog]
MS just released Visual Studio 2005 and you can get the Express Editions for free for a limited time:


Seems they've included the full optimizing compiler (unlike the "standard edition" crap of former times); so with the Platform SDK and the DirectX SDK (or some OpenGL SDK) this sounds like the best freeware demomaker ever ;)

Only MFC, ATL, the whole web dork luxury nobody-needs-it-anyway stuff and all docs are missing, but who cares.
added on the 2005-11-08 13:57:38 by kb_ kb_
Yes, it's a great package. Now, if only they would enable addins so that Visual Assist would work... ;)
added on the 2005-11-08 13:59:17 by NeARAZ NeARAZ
Hmm.. I wonder if I should finally upgrade from Visual Studio 6.0 ;)
added on the 2005-11-08 14:07:54 by Preacher Preacher
for a limited time only? BAH.
added on the 2005-11-08 14:40:37 by Jae686 Jae686
hey mnemonix, it's your favorite software suite! for free!
added on the 2005-11-08 14:50:24 by Shifter Shifter
can i order it on cd? i want to order a few thousand of them so i can start a huge bonfire.
added on the 2005-11-08 14:52:13 by bruce bruce
Jae686: Sorry for pointing that out wrong - the OFFER is for a limited time, as soon as you've downloaded/registered you can use it as long and often as you want.
added on the 2005-11-08 14:58:11 by kb_ kb_
yum yum, me likes!
added on the 2005-11-08 15:06:30 by Gargaj Gargaj
nearaz: heh, addons dont work? damn :D
added on the 2005-11-08 15:16:03 by Gargaj Gargaj
What ive heard nobody is gonna need Visual Assistant in VS 2005 anyways.
added on the 2005-11-08 15:22:32 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
Yeah I tried the beta version on the way to Stockholm on the ferry, it pretty much knew all the tricks VA had but still... :)
added on the 2005-11-08 15:30:35 by Gargaj Gargaj
When last i looked, vc6 produced smaller code'n'files (with same options) than vc7. Confirm or cancel this.
added on the 2005-11-08 15:47:34 by hitchhikr hitchhikr
this sounds like the best freeware demomaker ever
Let's glöp it!
I tried the beta version on the way to Stockholm on the ferry
Was it on deck or below decK?
Fucking great release from MS.
Now microsoft please give us a free version of windows vista/xp!
p.s. some people can't never get enough :P
added on the 2005-11-08 18:39:14 by _dylan_ _dylan_
information wants to be beer.
added on the 2005-11-08 18:48:35 by kusma kusma
In past times, I tried out the beta edition until expiration and found a few bugs about compilation options.
(ex., option for turning off the security cookie didn't work)
I hope these problems are okay in the retail edition.

Now I'm mainly using the VC Toolkit 2003 with PlatformSDK. These are giving me satisfaction at present.
Are you wondering where the debugger is? Remember PlatformSDK is including delightful console debugger (cdb).
It's pretty good, so no visual debugger is needed at least for me.
added on the 2005-11-08 19:26:50 by 301 301
isn't the GUI a lot slower than the old visual studio .net's IDE?
added on the 2005-11-08 20:32:51 by _-_-__ _-_-__
Can even anything be slower than VS.NET IDE? That's (2003) like the slowest IDE i've seen, on par with some pure-java-ones...
added on the 2005-11-08 20:45:08 by NeARAZ NeARAZ
DevC++ me beautiful!
added on the 2005-11-08 22:53:19 by jaw jaw
hitchhikr : i dont know if i've all tried, but it seemed that vc7 produced smaller exe than vc6 but this vc7 exe were less "compressable" than the other, but maybe i'm wrong (havent experienced a lot with newer than vc6 things :).
anyway i'm gonna try this 2005 tool
added on the 2005-11-08 23:03:45 by skarab skarab
thanks for the hint kb. the beta's shortcomings (like no way to put common paths in the ide so you had to add them every new project) were already starting to annoy me. this thing seems nice.
added on the 2005-11-09 09:41:42 by skrebbel skrebbel
Is it possible to include the Intel C compiler into this version of the IDE?!
added on the 2005-11-09 10:20:06 by toxie toxie
is it still usefull to use Intel compiler nowadays ?
added on the 2005-11-09 15:46:16 by toxie toxie