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I'm a VB6 developer getting started with C#. I "borrowed" a copy of VS.Net 2002 from a friend and I figured I would just upgrade it to use v1.1 of the framework but I now realize that isn't possible.

I have no way of getting VS.Net 2003 so my question is, since I'm coding in an older version of the framework, is there anything I should know? Is it OK to write production quality software using v1.0 of the framework?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Nothing wrong with this at all, although undoubtedly there are bug fixes from 1.0 to 1.1, as well as deprecated features (read the 1.1 docs to find out). There's also nothing to stop you using the 1.1 SDK by "hand", which includes compilers. An alternative is the free SharpDevelop IDE.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

If you really want to learn C# for the sake of learning it, skip 1.0 and 1.1 entirely and go right to the 2.0 beta release.

By the time you get really comfortable with C# 2.0 will be out anyway.

There are a number of Express Editions that give you a basic version of Visual Studio for free. See for information.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

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