Microsoft offers its users SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP3 totally free of charge, this application is a lightweight version of their renowned SQL Server 2005 application, Thanks to this database management system, we can manage dynamic data in a quick and reliable way.
The main advantage of SQL Server Express is its specific design, that provides a quick and simple way to implement and develop prototypes. Another important advantage as well as how easy it is to use, is that it uses the same APIs to access the ADO.NET, SQL Native Client and T-SQL data.
Other features worth highlighting are:
- Integration with Visual Studio.
- Integration of SQL Server Express Manager, the new graphical user interface (GUI).
- Use the database as if it were a file, making its potability easier thanks to the XCopy application.
- Maximum size of the database: 4 GB.
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP3 is the best free option for developers.