Additional resources for Visual Studio Express

I got a number of queries from people who wanted to get information on resources for the Express Editions that could help them get started.  Please note that a lot of these are for VS 2005 Express Editions and we will update them as we get to shipping VS 2008 for the latest tool set.


We are upgrading the set of video feature tours for Visual Studio Express 2008 at RTM, to walk users through downloading and installing Express, creating their first program, and introducing the user to the IDE.  It also highlights the new IDE and language features that are present in Visual Studio Express 2008.  We have revamped our “Getting Started” links in order to provide quick pointers to our most popular documentation topics and online resources. We have also significantly updated our in-product Guided Tours.


Beginner Developer Learning Center is our one-stop shop for novice programmers who are interested in Windows or Web Development containing videos, articles, samples, book chapters, tips and tricks.  Further, through a partnership with Wiley books, we offer a set of 17 chapters from the popular “For Dummies” book series that help Web programmers understand the fundamentals behind creating Web pages and getting started with Visual Web Developer Express.  In addition, we now provide easy access to samples and tutorials through the Help menu in Visual Studio Express 2008 so you never have to search for them again.


Coding4Fun Developer Kit 2008 Vol. 1 is a collection of tools that provides a set of drag ‘n drop controls and components that enable rapid development of hobbyist API..  The Facebook Developer Toolkit is a set of controls and components that provide VB and C# wrappers for the Facebook API that allow you to easily and quickly develop .NET applications that you can share with your Facebook friends. To help you get started we’ve included a suite of samples, QuickStarts and video walkthroughs.


For a more in-depth look at the 2008 Express editions, be sure to check out Dan Fernandez’s blog where he is putting together a detailed 5-part series on “What’s in Visual Studio 2008 Express Beta 2?”.   




Comments (8)

  1. BP says:

    Would you happen to have any information regarding support for Silverlight 1.1 in the VS 2008  Express editions.

    I’ve been avoiding the standard edition’s 4gig download for quite a while now.

  2. Somasegar says:

    You can use this JavaScript library to get Silverlight 1.0 intellisense:

    Post Orcas we will do Silverlight 1.1 support in Visual Web Developer Express (VWD).  Today, this doesn’t currently support class library projects unfortunately – which our tools add-in for SL requires.  


  3. Raju says:

    i want to know what is new feature in 3.0

  4. Somasegar says:

    Hi Raju,

    You may want to check out this blog posting by Scott Guthrie that talks about some of the new things in ASP.NET with .NET FX 3.5.


  5. Matthew says:

    Will Silverlight 1.1 support be available in VB and C# Express 2008?

  6. Charles says:

    Yeah it’s a great stuff and I am sure I will get some information that I can use it as reference purpose.