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Where to Buy Visual Studio


I'm an independent contractor who is moving from Delphi to C# after using the $99 Visual C# for a while and liking what I saw.  It turns out this package doesn't allow you to connect to SQL Server, so I guess I need to spend about $1000 for Visual Studio.

Since I am footing the bill for this myself, where can I get the best deal?     

C# Noob
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Buy an MSDN subscription online. You'll pay approximately the same price for the MSDN sub level as you would for the included Visual Studio package.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Definitely - you can get MSDN Universal for around $1300. That also includes just about everything MS makes as well as five developer incidents.

Philo

Philo
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Developer incidents... had to laugh at this one.  Found out the Jet Engine doesn't support bitwise operators this way.  Too bad the program was in production and no one even noticed, until I said 'Hey guess what, this doesn't work!'

Beef
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Thanks - it looks like MSDN is the way to go.  From what I can tell, MSDN Professional is $1199 (-$110 for DVD) while  Universal is $2799 (-$300).  Can I do better if I don't buy directly from Microsoft?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/pricing/default.asp

C# Noob
Saturday, November 08, 2003

You can definitely do better not buying from Microsoft. I have, in the past, seen MSDN Universal for ~ $1100.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Saturday, November 08, 2003

You can get Visual Studio for much less than the official Microsoft price.  This search on Pricegrabber turned up prices as low as $629:

http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=703621/search=Visual%2520studio/ut=0cd2eab808e5c69d

Robert Jacobson
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Take a course at a local college; then you can buy the academic version for a lot cheaper.

Kyralessa
Saturday, November 08, 2003

...of course, you can't *use* it for anything...

Philo

Philo
Saturday, November 08, 2003

>...of course, you can't *use* it for anything...<

This topic was raised in a newsgroup post a few days back.  Apparently there aren't any restrictions on using the Academic version for commercial purposes (if you buy it at retail.)

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&selm=bod3gv%242p8%241%40ctb-nnrp2.saix.net
(complete thread)

Robert Jacobson
Saturday, November 08, 2003

When I was a student, I purchased the boxed Academic edition of Visual C++ 6.0 and can confirm that the EULA (as well as the rest of the product) was identical to the Professional version.  From that newsgroup post, it looks like this still applies with Visual Studio .NET (though I think they actually add some extra stuff to the Academic edition now?). 

Note that the Academic edition is VERY different from the Learning edition.  The Learning edition lacks a bunch of features (such as compiler optimizations) and outputs EXEs that pop up a message on startup identifying the EXE as unlicensed for distribution.

SomeBody
Saturday, November 08, 2003

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