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Buying visual Studio 2010

From: Justin D.
Sent on: Monday, October 18, 2010 11:02 PM

So I've never actually purchased a copy of Visual Studio myself. SharpDevelop and Express edition have always been good enough for my personal use, and my employers always furnished me with the software I needed to serve them. However, I'm thinking of actually paying for a copy for my personal laptop. I need this mainly so I can open solutions that support web apps and web solutions.

So my question is: Is there an edition cheaper than the $710 Pro edition on Amazon that will do what I need:?

What I need is defined as:

1). Open up a solution with C#, Web App, VB.NET, and Web Projects.
2). Install addins like resharper,, etc, SCM plugins, etc.
3) Some level of db project support. At least to be able to open a dbproj. I only need that for SCM hooks. SSMS and SQLCMD are good enough for actually editing databases.
4) Ability to install F#, IronPython, IronRuby etc.

Now naturally I'm a fairly intelligent resourceful person so I realize I can get Visual Studio in a questionable manner. Thats not what I'm looking to do. I want a legal copy, I don't want a student copy, or an MSDN copy. I want a real copy, I just want to make sure I get the cheapest edition that serves my needs.


Justin Dearing

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