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Early holiday gifts from Microsoft! Today we announced the release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5! Come and get it:
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I'm looking at getting my hands on VS 2008, but for now I'm using 2005 still... who's the guy who decided that shipping SQL Server Express withOUT a GUI was a good idea?
You can use Visual Studio to create databases, define tables, stroed procs, etc. However you can download the "SQL Express with Tools" package that includes the GUI.