Does anyone have any experience with the free Microsoft development enviroment called Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition?

I have downloaded and installed it and I notice it is a lot different than what I am used to.

Is MFC gone? If you click on New to create a New Project, the only options I see a tree to the left side are:

What is CLR? What happened to MFC? I found MFC had problems anyway. But what has replaced it?

> Is MFC gone?

No it's not. Microsoft deceided to release a free version of VS2005 called 'express'. But as we all know, microsoft doesn't really like giving things away for free, so they cut VS2005 down to size and called it 'express'. One of the features that was removed is the ability to make MFC applications. So if you want to create them, you should buy 'standard' or 'pro'.
Here's a link where you can find the differences between versions.

> What is CLR?


you CAN make regular, non CLR apps, using either win32 or MFC. To do this you need to install and configure something called the Platform SDK. Instructions are on MS's site

I have the latest Platform SDK. I created an MFC mdi program using VC++ 6.0 so that it will generate the include files needed in stdafx.h then copied those into the stdafx.h that was generated by the VC++ 2005 Express. It compiles ok but will not link because it can not find nafxcwd.lib. The only place that file is located on my computer is in

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK for Windows Server 2003 R2\Lib\AMD64 

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK for Windows Server 2003 R2\Lib\IA64

I don't think it should be using either of those libraries because isn't the 64 in the path for 64-bit programs?

Its quite possible VC++ 2005 Express can not use the same set of MFC includes that VC++ 6.0 used even though the value of _WIN32_WINNT is set to 0x0501

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