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Getting started with VB .Net
Do you think it is a good idea for someone getting started with .Net to buy the standard version (VB .Net Standard -2003 Version). I've developed in VB6 for many years, but want to get exposed to the .Net world. The professional version is too $$$ for me. I know Standard is scaled down version but what other choices do I have ?
Download the SDK for free. I believe you might also be able to code in VB.NET with SharpDevelop (an open source IDE) if you don't like working with Notepad and the command line. VS.NET ain't the only game in town :-)
Enroll in a course or two at your local community college, and then you can buy the Academic edition, which is practically identical to the Professional edition. All you need is a student ID.
"I believe you might also be able to code in VB.NET with SharpDevelop..."
could you try the Beta versions?
"Enroll in a course or two at your local community college"
I agree with the, "enroll in a college course" idea. I'm doing this now, and in fact, I found out last night at my vb class that I can get VS.NET for 14.99 and WinXP for 8.99 - you can't beat that!
By what means? Those numbers sound suspiciously low. When I was a student, I found the academic versions of XP Pro and VS .NET to be just under $100 each.
Depending on where you go to school, MS products can cost anything from "bring a cd-rw to the puter lab" to "bring us $5 to cover the cost of the cd" to "spend $100 but get a manual w/ it." Some schools have deals w/ ms to get all software for free on campus and for students, other just the academic discount. YMMV.
Actually, considering I'm using a copy of VS .NET Enterprise Architect at work which set the budget back all of $139, I shouldn't be surprised by that. But I haven't observed many schools that include their students in such agreements. Good to know there are some.
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