How To Get SQL Server 2005 Express In The Midst Of The SQL Server 2008 Express Push

by Jon Davis 13. August 2008 20:10

So, Microsoft went gold with SQL Server 2008, including the core engine flavor (but no basic management studio) of the Express edition. Horray!

Problem is, Visual Studio 2008's database development project support is built entirely around SQL Server 2005 Express, not SQL Server 2008 Express, and I for one made the mistake of dropping SQL Server 2005 Express to install SQL Server 2008 Express and hoped that there was sufficient compatibility to keep my database projects supported. Not so.

So I had to go back to v2005, but now the problem was that there was NO LINK on Microsoft's web site to get back to SQL Server 2005 Express.

I had to rely on Google to acquire this:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5B5528B9-13E1-4DB9-A3FC-82116D598C3D&displaylang=en

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
 
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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