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Old June 2nd, 2004, 10:46 AM
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I'm a learning (not fresh beginning, but not experienced either) ASP.NET programmer using C#. Some time ago, I read Beginning ASP.NET (1.0) with C#, and now plan to pick up where I left off using ASP Website Programming: Problem, Design, Solution (C# Edition). My copy of the book was published in November 2002, and says that to use it, I will need either Visual Studio.NET 1.0 or Visual C# Standard, AS WELL as SQL Server 2000 (but "most of the techniques ... could apply to any database system, including Access").

I have two questions:

1) I have the opportunity to buy SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition (5-client) for a good price. It says it works with Windows NT/2000, but I'll be using XP Pro. Would that be a problem?

2) More generally, in light of changes to product versions and operating systems since November 2002, is it still the case that I should get SQL Server and Visual Studio.NET 1.0 or Visual C# Standard? What versions of those products should I get, and will I be able to go through the book (ASP Website Programming: Problem, Design, Solution (C# Edition)) with them?

Thanks for any help and guidance. I really appreciate it.

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I'm using SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition with XP Pro SP1 with no problems so far. I have VS .Net Enterprise Architect 2003 so far with no difficulty.

But I'm only in the middle of Chapter 4...

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I tried to install Standard Edition on a Win 2000 machine and it gave errors however, I was able to install SQL Server 2000 Personal Edition. I haven't tried on Win XP.

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The developers edition of SQL Server is all you need unless you want to use it for production purposes. This is very cheap - it's only $42 here:

You should get the new Visual Studio - VS2003 (also called v1.1). All of the code works fine on this version.

If you know anyone enrolled in a college class you can get the academic version for only $99 (it's better than the Pro version).

VS2005 is coming out soon in beta, so don't invest too much money right now.


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