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Hi, I'm new to .NET programming, and want to write some applications for home use. I've decided on buying the VS 2005 Standard edition, but I'd like to know a bit more before I do.

Specifically, is there any additional software besides the standard edition that I need? Assuming I do need SQL, is that part of the package, or do I get that separately?

I'd also like to know of retailer(s), web site(s), etc. where I can buy a reasonably priced, legal copy of the Standard edition. I've been looking around, but I'd appreciate some recommended places to check into.

Thanks, Pat Ciferri

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Pat: You'll almost certainly need some version of SQL Server, it's hard to have an application that doesn't need data and a database. But, for your use, it sounds like the free SQL Server 2005 Express Edition might be just the right answer. For that matter, either the free VB 2005 Express Edition or C# 2005 Express edition (or the newere 2008 Express Editions) might be just perfect for experimental home use as well.

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