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Installing Stuff

I started today with such high hopes, planning to get most of the Visual Studio version of Phlab done and dusted. After several hours of work I think I have everything I need installed but I've yet to start coding.

After years of practice I can now get Delphi and all the associated component sets I use installed in a a mere five or six hours. Getting Visual Studio and SQL Server installed, working out that I needed a separate database design tool (SQL Server Management Studio) then finding and installing that, has only taken me a morning so I guess I should think myself lucky.

I've installed Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition and SQL Server 2005 from a set of CDs that Brian Long gave at the last developers group meeting (as a bribe to do the talk). This went without much of a hitch, though I did waste some time faffing about with Visual Studio Express Edition which was installed on my PC already. Express edition seems to have only very cut-down database access functionality and I recommend that serious developers don't bother with it.

Anyway, having managed to install the correct versions of the software I decided that the next step was to set up the Phlab database, which is detailed in the spec. Sadly, SQL Server doesn't come with a database management application as part of the install. It took me another hour to work out how the hell I was going to actually create some tables. I've mainly worked with Firebird in the past, so I'm used to having to find separate tools for designing and creating databases (I use IBOConsole with Firebird by the way). In the end I downloaded SQL Server Management Studio Express Edition from some hidden corner of the vast and impenetrable maze of Microsoft web pages.

After making sure that everything worked I went off for my lunch. I had scrambled eggs on toast and watched Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel.

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