Software for learning .NET

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Hello - I'm converting from the Mac and Open Source world, looking to learn .NET and eventually SharePoint Development. What software do I need? Do I really need Visual Studio Professional to do this? It's so expensive! Are there any other options?

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You could start using the <a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/express/downloads/”>express edition</a>, which is free.

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  • Dee101
    Because you are including Sharepoint in this yes, you do need VS. You might consider getting a MSDN subscription which gives you significant MS platform software in addition to the coding suites and online helps. The platform OS's allow you to test on supported versions. Carlosdl is right that you can start learning with the express edition for dotNet. My comment is after you've tried that and decided you want to add Sharepoint and commit to the MS platform.
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