theTechSage explains two ways to get the Standard Edition of Microsoft’s premier development product, Visual Studio 2005, for free or very cheap. The “very cheap” is for students only, but the “free” is a great offer from Microsoft where you attend 3 Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Webcasts (either live or on-demand) and get:
- Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Standard Edition (Not for Resale)
- Five chapters of Programming ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference, by Dino Esposito
- A 30-day hosting account to try out your custom Web applications
- Microsoft Developer Security DVD with how-tos, white papers, tools, webcasts, and code samples that demonstrate how to write more secure code
- A 50% discount on a Microsoft Certified Professional Exam so you can add your new skills to your resume
- A voucher that allows you to buy Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with an MSDN® Professional Subscription at renewal pricing (a $400 savings)
Altogether, this complimentary package has an estimated value of $400.
The choice of webcasts look both interesting and useful . If you have any interest in Microsoft development tools, it’s a dynamite offer.