We've release a number of samples that will help you explore the functionality of SQL Express (and Visual Studio too). This is just the first batch, so watch this space for some additional samples to be released in the near future. See the details of each sample below.

Mike Wachal
SQL Express team

Collection Manager Starter Kit

Overview

The Collection Manager is a rich client application that enables you to create and manage any type of collection. A sample database is included, and you can create any additional number of custom collection types to store unique characteristics about each collection.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/starterkit/default.aspx#collection

Internet Explorer Favorites Sample Application

Overview

Use this application to more effectively manage your Internet Explorer Favorites and better understand your browser history. The Internet Explorer Favorites is a web application for keeping track of your Internet Explorer Favorites and reporting on your browser history. This sample application shows you how to incorporate SQL Server Reporting Services to provide rich reporting on data in SQL Server 2005.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/samples/default.aspx#ie

Reports for Web Sample Application

Overview

This sample application provides a web-based user interface to view rich reports based on different business queries.

Note: This sample application requires Visual Web Developer, Visual Basic Express and the Report Viewer Add-in for Microsoft Visual Web Developer

View different business queries through a web interface.

Understand how to embed reports into websites

Extend the application by modifying the included reports

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/samples/default.aspx#web

Reports for Windows Sample Application

Overview

This sample application provides a rich client interface to view rich reports based on different business queries.

Note: This sample application requires Visual Basic Express and the Microsoft Reportviewer Redistributable

View different business queries through a rich client interface

Understand how to embed reports into rich client applications

Extend the application by modifying the included reports

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/sql/samples/default.aspx#windows