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Can I install Ruby In Steel or Amethyst into a copy of Visual Studio Express?
I’m using one of the free Express Editions of Visual Studio but I keep getting errors when I try to install Ruby In Steel or Amethyst. Can I install them into my copy of VS Express?
No. It is a limitation of the Express editions of Visual Studio that third-party packages (such as Amethyst and Ruby In Steel) cannot be installed into them. You can, however, install Amethyst and Ruby In Steel into a free copy of the Visual Studio ‘Shell’ edition. This may be downloaded here:
VS2008 Shell http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=40646580-97FA-4698-B65F-620D4B4B1ED7&displaylang=en
VS2010 Shell http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8e5aa7b6-8436-43f0-b778-00c3bca733d3
The Visual Studio Shell will coexist on the same PC as other installations of Visual Studio, including the Express editions.