Originally posted by Michael Pearson:
This stuff isn't cheap!
Academic .Net Professional - $115
Upgrade .Net Professional - $449
Upgrade .Net Enterprise Architect - $1675
.Net Enterprise Architect, FULL - $2325
This blows my mind. Could you imagine having to pay $2000 for a J2EE developer license?
Nope, I didn't have to pay for my copy(My employer picked up the tab)
You still have the choice of using your favorite Text editor. Personally I think IDEs make you lazy developer. You start depending on outcompletion and auto error checking. Instead of either taking the time to research the API or double checking your code before you compile.
But with that said VS.NET Architect does everything accept get you coffee. Take yesterday I was coding some DALs(Data Access Layers) using ADO and I needed to create some stored procedures.
Well you simply click on the DB server that you are using select Add Stored Procedure. Put in the SQL for the stored procedure and save it. Then you can refer to it simply by name in your code without any setup or defining the path to the actual file.
Anyhow all I am saying is .NET is doing somethings right and Sun(And the rest of the Java world) needs to take notice.