It sounds like the development environments mentioned in the book may be
Microsoft's Visual Studio Express Editions, which are free of charge.
To download the Visual Studio Express Editions, visit the MSDN Visual Studio
Express Download Center at
You will see several Visual Studio Express editions listed on the page:
- Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
- Microsoft Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
Click on the drop-down below "Visual Basic" and select the language you wish
to use and then click on Download. Save the installation program to your hard
drive, and do the same for Visual C++.
To run the installation programs, click on Start, then click on your user
name in the Start menu, and then double click on the "Downloads" folder.
Double click on the first installation program, and if user account control
prompts you for consent, provide the appropriate credentials or provide
consent to run the installation. Repeat this for each edition of Visual
Studio Express that you have chosen to download.
Once you have installed the Express Editions, download and install Service
Pack 1 for the Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions that you have installed.
For quick reference, here are the links for Visual Basic and Visual C++ SP1
Visual Basic 2005 Express SP1:
Visual C++ Express SP1:
You will also want to install the SP1 Update for Windows Vista to ensure
maximum compatibility and a seamless development experience. I have included
the link for that update here as well (please note that these links are all
available on the Visual Studio Express download center on the MSDN web site):
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista:
In regards to your question about the Java Runtime Environment, I have not
encountered any issues with Java 6.0 on Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit. You
can download the Java Runtime Environment from
I hope that this helps, have a great day :)
Kristan M. Kenney
Microsoft MVP [Windows - Shell/User]
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