Developer Abuse - Microsoft SQL Server Version by jgn on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in Technology

The poor developer just wants to download and install the free Microsoft SQL Server -- i.e., the "Express" edition.

He ends up here:

Goodness, he needs .NET 2.0. So he clicks on the link and . . . there's tons of info about .NET 3.0, 3.5, etc., etc., but no obvious link to download 2.0:

So he tries the "download" link at the top . . . Ah, there it is (at

Now let's get SQL Server Express:

Good grief, here are some of my choices:

Um, I guess I'll take the first one. Hope it works!

But this is all madness. I need to be able to Google for "download microsoft sql server" and get a page with one obvious download link that gets me what I want. And please, if I need .NET, make the default download something that bundles in the right version.

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