I've been playing around with the express products, and all I have to say is “Wow” VCExpress is one heck of a full-featured IDE, especially for a “trimmed down” version for hobbyists, and SQL Express is pretty impressive, in that I was able to pick up a SQL 2000 database with no problem, and just a few lines of code changes. I can't wait to play with CLR Integration.
A lot of the new and updated components in .NET 2.0 are pretty sweet, especially ListView which does a lot of the things I've been trying to do with the current one (in place tool tips, grouping, etc..)
At the risk of spoiling a good thing, I think this is going to force MS to change their price point on the rest of Visual Studio. It sure will be hard to justify $1000+ for plain vanillia VS.NET Pro when you can get a good portion of it with VC # Express && Web Express, so I dunno.
A few comments:
1) The install is OK, but I always prefer to have a “real” install as opposed to a web install. I had to run the install 3 times before I finally got everything right. (It hung the first time for about an hour before I killed it, the second time I couldn't get the docs installed) Or a local cache you can run things from.
2) Nice, clean interface, very responsive, it's been pretty easy moving things over. I like the new controls (Menu, Toolbar, Tab Strip) I hope that this is a positive trend and that there are more controls of this caliber.
3) Some kind of Unit Testing would be nice. It would be nice if a MS Unit Testing solution was available as a separate product, or hopefully NUnit will be working soon, now that it's in beta.