Provided that your're installing EPiServer CMS 5 (not version 4.x) using Visual Studio 2008 will not be a problem.
For more info, see the system requirements page.
Also, installing the database from the Manager using SQL Server Express 2005 has given me headaches, but I do know that lots of people use it. The Visual Studio 2005 SDK installation uses that for new sites you create, so the limitations is with the manager.
I'm hoping that the new R2 version of CMS 5 will work better with the Visual Studio express editions (the CTP documentation says so anyway.) That would be a great way to get people started with EPiServer development.
If you have any, come see us on IRC (more info.)
A quick note, from CMS 5 R2, only Visual Studio 2008 SP 1 (including Express edition) is supported for development.
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The toolbox installer is a little application to help integrate EPiServer and Visual Studio, you should run this before you run the VS installer.
I noticed that the toolbox installer dosn't come with the SP3 sdk. I'll look into that. But what you could do is to download the sdk for SP1 or 2 and use the toolbox installer from there.
I found and downloaded a 90 days trial of Visual Studio 2005 (version 8.0.50727.42). First I installed the Toolbox installer (wich I found in the EpiserverCMS SP2 package), then VS and finally EpiserverCMS SP3.
I start VS and select File, New, Project. I select the EPiServer Project 5.1.422.267-template, but I get the error "The project file 'C:\Documents and Sett[...]\Temp\EPiServer8.csproj' cannot be opened. The project type is not supported by this installation."
Am I using the wrong version of VS, or did install the things wrong?
You need to install VS 2005 SP1. It includes the WAP model.
I have also downloaded the Installation package for EPiServer CMS Software Development Kit, the CMS Manager and the DemoPackage.
Am I right so far?
I also need Visual Studio. I've understood that Visual Studio 2008 is not fully supported. Should I get Visual Studio 2005 instead? Is there any 60 day trial version of 2005? Can I use an Express version?
Is there anything more that I need?