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Microsoft has expanded the Visual Studio product line with the addition of six new Express products designed to help the student, hobbyist, enthusiast, or novice developer become proficient with the Microsoft .NET 2.0 platform as quickly as possible. Based upon the same code-base as their professional cousins in the Visual Studio 2005 product line, the express products have been on a diet, allowing them to be downloaded easily even when connecting to the Internet using a dialup connection. Microsoft has provided six express beta products, which are all freely available at The express product line consists of the following products: Visual Basic 2005 Express Visual C# 2005 Express Visual C++ 2005 Express Visual J# 2005 Express Visual Web Developer 2005 Express SQL Server 2005 Express In this review we'll concentrate on Visua... (more)

Chart FX for .NET

In today's enterprise applications nobody is going to comment on the quality of your middle-tier components or the databases to which you persist your application's data. Enterprise applications, like all others, are judged using the age-old adage: first impressions count. Essentially, your applications are judged on the quality of the user interface. Integrating advanced business and scientific charting into your application is a breeze with Chart FX for .NET, which supports both Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web applications. Chart FX integrates into the Microsoft Visual Studio .NE... (more)

Araxis Merge 6.5

Once in a while every software developer will find himself or herself using a file-differencing program such as Windiff.exe, which comes with the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET environment and its constituent languages, such as Microsoft Visual C#. Araxis Merge version 6.5 improves upon the facilities available within Windiff.exe and other differencing utilities by not only pinpointing the exact characters within a line that have changed, but also allowing developers to edit the files directly within Araxis Merge and to perform folder-based differencing by simply right-clicking in... (more)

Crystal Reports 10 Advanced Developer

Unlike other products that we've reviewed in .NET Developers Journal, Crystal Reports enjoys an almost unique relationship with Microsoft Visual Studio in that a copy of Crystal Reports has shipped with Microsoft Visual Studio since 1993. It's interesting to note that Business Objects and Microsoft have recently announced that this relationship will continue with the inclusion of Crystal Reports into Visual Studio .NET 2005 (Whidbey), which may surprise some considering Microsoft's recent move into the reporting domain with their SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services. One of the g... (more)

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server

With the release of Visual Studio 2005 in November Microsoft Visual Studio entered the enterprise development tools space with a coherent set of products targeted at the distinct roles in the software development lifecycle. On March 17 2006, Microsoft released Team Foundation Server, which finally enables users of the various editions of Visual Studio 2005 to achieve the Team System. Visual Studio 2005 Team System enables the primary stakeholders in a software development project, the architects, developers, testers, and project managers, to collaborate through a common environm... (more)