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Do ASP.Net Shops...
... use the free Web Matrix or the expensive Visual Studio.net? I ask because those who teach themselves ASP.net on the side, privately, will probably use Web Matrix because it's free. But without the experience of Visual Studio.net, can it hinder job applicants chances?
I am not sure what the rules are but you could try downloading the beta test of the next version of studio
I think it hinders. Mind you Visual Studio.Net is not hard to master (O'Reilly puts out an excellent book that covers it), it's the experience of working with it that may not come with other IDEs. Mainly you'll develop skills associated with full use of VS.NET like debugging, project management, source revision, builds competence, etc. On the other hand, is VS.NET enough? No. NUnit, CodeSmith, and such do not come with VS.NET--to be complete you have to use it all.
To get the experience of VS .NET, enroll at a course at your local community college for $50 or so (be sure you get a student ID), then buy the academic version of VS .NET for $100 or so.
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