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    Default Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Microsoft has apparently launched an "Express" version of its Visual Studio 2005 which, if downloaded within a year from today, is free to use. It's obviously watered down, and the site says it's for hobbyists, but it'll be interesting to see if the Revit API will work with it once the API becomes compatible with VS 2005...

    Here is the announcement...

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Can you use .NET 2.0 with NET 1.1 applications? If not then you can't use these express version with the Revit .NET API which is a 1.1 NET application. Hopefully we will get plenty of notice of Revit moving to NET 2.0.

    Is this what you mean by becoming compatible?

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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    You should be able to add a line to your app.config file to specify the 1.1 version of the .NET framework. This will allow you to develop with VS2005 using the older framework.

    In VS, go to Project > Properties. On the Build tab, there's a Supported Runtimes section where you can change it.

    Hope that helps,
    Last edited by Danny Polkinhorn; 2005-11-08 at 02:16 AM.
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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Oops, I guess you can't. From the FAQ:

    Can I develop applications using the Visual Studio Express Editions to target the .NET Framework 1.1?

    No, each release of Visual Studio is tied to a specific version of the .NET Framework. The Express Editions can only be used to create applications that run on the .NET Framework 2.0.
    Sorry for the confusion...
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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Quote Originally Posted by GuyR
    Is this what you mean by becoming compatible?
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    Yes, that's what I was referring to, although I'm not updated on .net and I won't be an expert on the matter until I take Danny's class at AU.

    From this week's upFront.ezine, it seems that Autodesk has announced it's support for VS 2005 for AutoCAD, Inventor and "other software." Who knows when that "other software will include Revit. I would assume (or hope?) that Autodesk will support both platforms for programming.

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    Well, I hope they give us lots of warning. V9 is apparently getting close to beta status. So do we assume V9 will still be 1.1? Going by a few posts VS2005 is buggy, so you can't imagine the Revit developers jumping in at the deep end.

    Hopefully someone from the factory can comment on NET2.0 support.

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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon
    I won't be an expert on the matter until I take Danny's class at AU.
    I wouldn't count on becoming an expert (at least not because of my class)!
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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Here's a quote from yesterday's press release:

    "Autodesk is currently engaged with Microsoft to ensure that the next releases of its design products and software development platforms will operate with Visual Studio 2005, including:

    * AutoCAD
    * AutoCAD Electrical
    * AutoCAD OEM
    * AutoCAD Mechanical
    * Autodesk Inventor
    * Autodesk Revit Structure
    * Autodesk Revit Building
    * Autodesk Building Systems
    * Autodesk Architectural Desktop
    * Autodesk Civil 3D
    * Autodesk Civil Design
    * Autodesk Land Desktop
    * Autodesk Map 3D"

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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Polkinhorn
    I wouldn't count on becoming an expert (at least not because of my class)!
    How about enough knowledge to at least be dangerous?

    Can't wait for the class.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Visual Studio 2005 "Express" versions

    Quote Originally Posted by tomdinmn
    How about enough knowledge to at least be dangerous?
    Oh, you'll definitely be dangerous!
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