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    1. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition
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    Microsoft MSDN Universal Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 (1 Year Subscription) .MSDN Universal provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft enterprise servers you can fully test the broadest range of applications. ... Read more

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    Microsoft MSDN Professional Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 (1 Year Subscription) .MSDN Professional provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems you can fully test the broadest range of applications. ... Read more

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    Microsoft MSDN Professional Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 Upgrade (1 Year Subscription Extension) .MSDN Professional provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems you can fully test the broadest range of applications. ... Read more

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    Asin: B0006Q99QE
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Microsoft MSDN Universal Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 Upgrade (1 Year Subscription Extension) .MSDN Universal provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft enterprise servers you can fully test the broadest range of applications. ... Read more

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    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
    I use this everyday and it has saved me a lot of trouble dealing with purchasing a bunch of different products.

    You get full access to all the products you need as a developer. ... Read more


    7. Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003 Upgrade
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    Asin: B0000BZO8F
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 961
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    Features

    • Bring .NET Framework-based development to Word- and Excel-based business solutions
    • Build Microsoft Office solutions in the familiar Visual Studio environment
    • Simplify deployment and maintenance of secure Microsoft Office solutions
    • Distribute royalty-free Access 2003 solutions
    • Get started building applications with Visual Basic .NET

    8. Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe 6.0 CD
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    Asin: B00002SFLN
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 1450
    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Visual SourceSafe 6.0 is the latest edition of Microsoft's award-winning version-control system for managing software and Web-site development. Fully integrated with the Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual J++, Visual InterDev, and Visual FoxPro development environments, as well as with Microsoft Office applications, it provides easy-to-use, project-oriented version control. Visual SourceSafe works with any file produced by any development language, authoring tool, or application. Users can work at both the file and project level while promoting file reuse. The project-oriented features of Visual SourceSafe make managing the day-to-day tasks associated with team-based application and Web site development more efficient. ... Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Actually, it's a pretty darn good software program.
    (...) Microsoft does in fact use VSS in-house for their production. I know this, because I worked there.
    VSS is an excellent program to use as long as you have the staff (which any decent IT department should have) with the know-how to use it. We didn't have any problems incorporating it into part of our daily routine, and we used it to produce the entire Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit, both online and print versions. We also used it for Windows 2000 Help, and we used it for the Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit as well.
    Since moving on from Microsoft, I've found other such production tools to be clunky, and I heartily recommend VSS. Obviously you need someone in your IT department to have the know-how to implement it, but that's the same with *any* such software program. The time and money you save by eliminating human error in the writing and editing process for any style of development is huge, and VSS is absolutely indispensable for professional-level development of product. Once you get everyone accustomed to using it, it becomes second nature and a seamless part of the normal production process.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy, Unreliable, Frustrating, Scary
    Source Code Management, no doubt, is a vital part of any development shop. Any team based development effort needs a centralized repository in which to store their work.

    That being said, I would implore you to choose another product - such as the open source CVS (which can hook into VS.net with the right plug-ins).

    VSS is a buggy, unreliable, unbearably slow...and fundamentally unuseable product. This is *not* the sort of system you should use hold vital data that ammounts to months and months of hard work.

    For your sanity and your time, DO NOT buy this product. As each version seems to bring very little in the way of rethinking this disaster, Microsoft has made it very clear that they could care less about source control.

    (by the way, MS doesn't even use this product in-house).

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lackluster tool: Consistent with Microsoft overall design.
    If all you ever want of your revison-control software is ``check-in'' and ``get latest version'', then perhaps this is the tool for you.

    If you want to have branching for separate development paths, tools for merging contributions from separate sources, and abilities to affix attributes and labels in non-trivial ways then you are out of luck. To get these features, try ClearCase by Rational Software.

    There is no comparison with the config-spec methadology of ClearCase, which allows one to specify exactly which file/directory elements are assembled into your ``view''.

    If Microsoft truely believed in their product Visual SourceSafe, then wouldn't they use it themselves? No. They use ClearCase.
    QED.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but no more
    Source control is critical, and for small scale operations this app works great. Occasionally there's some db corruption, but in general you should do alright. But it really doesn't scale, lacks many features, and hasn't had any significant feature additions, or development effort in years. Sometimes I think there are no developers currently working on this app at all. There's got to be a better way.

    2-0 out of 5 stars a frustrating tool, but the industry standard
    I think it's time to set the record straight on Visual SourceSafe. This is a product badly in need of updating, but it doesn't seem to have any direct competitors (nobody wants to be Borlanded or Netscaped), so it probably won't happen any time soon.

    If you're creating non-web applications with a programming tool that supports SourceSafe integration, then you probably won't mind SourceSafe. You will have to work around a few frustrations: the lack of drag-and-drop, the amazingly dated look to the client app, and the fact that a lot of discipline is required to use it properly and safely. If you don't train a developer new to SourceSafe, you can count somebody writing code referencing a wrong relative path, and having to merge lots of changes people made because they didn't check files out properly.

    However, if you're trying to develop a web application with others in an integrated programming tool, then there will be times you want to tear your hair out until you sit down and really learn how the thing works (without any aid from the skimpy online help), because the interaction between the web files, the local files (if an ASP app), and the SourceSafe files is poorly documented and very finicky. Hint: whatever you do, don't remove the SourceSafe binding inside Visual Studio .NET and attempt to put it back again later -- instead delete all the local files and do "Open from Source Control" inside Visual Studio.

    I should also mention that it networks very poorly. This is because there is no server component; clients just grab files via ordinary network shares. If you are trying to use SourceSafe from a remote site, then you will need patience, because doing a large operation such as a recursive "get latest" takes a long time even if you are telecommuting from the same city over a high-speed internet connection. Please note though that another company makes an inexpensive product called SourceOffSite that works with SourceSafe to overcome the networking deficiencies.

    In general, SourceSafe is a whole lot better than collaborating without help, and it is priced relatively reasonably, which is why it's still around. It's just long in the tooth, and is missing obvious features such as viewing all the check-in comments for a file at the same time. It really should come with printed manuals for end users detailing best practices to use and pitfalls to avoid. Instead, the online help makes it seem as if a child could use the product and everything is always sunny when using it. I know there are competing products, but I've never had the opportunity to try them, because for better or worse the market has chosen Visual SourceSafe as the standard. ... Read more


    9. RoboHelp Office X5
    list price: $999.99
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    Asin: B0001EKE6U
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eHelp Corp
    Sales Rank: 4701
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Create professional Help systems and documentation
    • Work with built-in or popular HTML editor or Microsoft Word
    • Create Help systems that run on any browser or platform
    • Easy to use; automated wizards and project templates
    • For desktop and Web-based applications

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the naysayers
    For those of us who were three versions behind, RoboHelp X5 makes my job a lot easier. You can purchase just what you need but I recommend getting this version or you may regret getting "just" this or "just" that & may end up having to get the whole enchilada anyway. Makes no sense. Older versions of RoboHelp, for me, caused topics to get overwritten. Also, this version has conditional text built in. Thanks for those of you who wrote reviews & provided tips, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I highly suggest the RoboHelp author forum at http://www.helpcommunity.ehelp.com/forums/wbpx.dll/~robohelp.

    I also like the Flash Help feature very much. You can easily go to Project Manager and set your preference for the type of Help output you want. Flash Help makes the Help for our product look very slick. My coworkers agree. I highly suggest that you upgrade if you haven't already.

    Another reason you should purchase this product (and no, I don't work for Macromedia) is that eHelp no longer "owns" the product. Macromedia supports it. Sure, you may not get a break on the price but guess what? Unless you're a registered user, you won't be able to access free skins online anymore. Macromedia has made the product more proprietary than ever. So, with improvements formerly via eHelp Corp. comes disappointments. They want you to upgrade, yes. You will have to pay, yes. Pirated software? If we all did that, you'd probably be paying an even bigger price for the prized software.

    Good luck, & if you want to create your own Help project by hand, then don't buy the product. RoboHelp X5 literally saves weeks of work and if it has a few bugs, what software product doesn't? I personally would not want to be slaving over Help files all weekend doing them manually.

    That's MY six hundred or so bucks' worth...but I got my company to pay for my version. So what are you griping about? Cut a purchase order and get reimbursed or use your company's credit card!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and very disappointing.
    There is very little that is "robo" (i.e., automated) about RoboHelp. Sure, it will auto-generate things when you ask it to, but its output is so erratic and incomplete you might as well do it all by hand.

    As a manual Help creation tool, it's got a nice complement of features, but let me tell you about a couple of little quirks or bugs...

    You're supposed to be able to switch the type of output you get from RoboHelp at any point in your project. We started out with the goal of producing WebHelp, then switched to MS HTML help. Well, the part where you define what's available in your final output (Window definitions) did not come along for the switch. It took some time to realize that we had to delete the window definitions and define new ones in order for RoboHelp to actually produce the output we wanted.

    Another little quirk is that when you add a hyperlink to existing text in a bulleted list, RoboHelp throws in a bunch of space characters (from 3 to 10) between the bullet and the text. And the WYSIWYG editor is not really WYSIWYG, not that that's any surprise, but it won't allow you to do everything you want to do. There is a TrueCode editor to let you get around that, if you know your way around HTML.

    A new quirk that I've been wrestling with this morning is that any edit to an existing topic changes the style for that topic, and RoboHelp will not allow me to change it back, even when I edit the HTML directly!

    Workarounds, more workarounds, and living with things you can't work around--expect to spend a lot of time developing your project's Help file with RoboHelp.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highway Robbery
    This is nothing more than the basic RoboHelp with many more bells and whistles. It's not worth a grand; not now, not ever.

    Reminds me of automobiles: they're all the same, four wheels and a horn. They all do the same thing. But start adding features and the price starts climbing.

    I think it's the height of arrogance to charge a grand for this software. Just so long as this type of arrogance marks the software industry, then just so long will I in my secret heart cheer on the software pirates. ... Read more


    10. Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003
    list price: $499.00
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    Asin: B0000BZO90
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 1033
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    Features

    • Bring .NET Framework-based development to Word- and Excel-based business solutions
    • Build Microsoft Office solutions in the familiar Visual Studio environment
    • Simplify deployment and maintenance of secure Microsoft Office solutions
    • Distribute royalty-free Access 2003 solutions
    • Get started building applications with Visual Basic .NET

    11. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003
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    Asin: B000089GKU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 4630
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

    Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is fully integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. New in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs. The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET, and uses a disconnected model that is ideal for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks.

    Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 is the top of the range. It’s the only version to include Visio, a drawing and modelling tool with integrated reverse-engineering and code-generation, though sadly not full round-tripping. There are also developer licenses for the key Microsoft server platforms, including Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000 Server, Biztalk Server and SQL Server 2000. Another key component is the Visual SourceSafe code management system, which is especially important for team development, Application Center Test, for stress-testing web applications, and Enterprise Templates which let architects design and deploy best practices for project development. For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. The deep XML support on offer is essential for many enterprise applications and enables integration with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Programming Suite
    Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Enterprise Architecht enables programmers to take full advantage of the .NET platform. Visual Studio.NET allows programmers to utilize the newer .NET framework 1.1, which contains enhancements in security and performance.

    This version of Visual Studio includes: Visual Basic.NET 2003, Visual C++.NET 2003, Visual C#.NET 2003, and Visual J#.NET 2003. Having access to all of the .NET languages means that you have the ability to code in whichever language is most appropriate to your project.

    A few language enhancements have also been included in this version. One of the most useful is the ability to declare a variable inside a loop using VB.NET 2003. For example:

    For each var1 as string in varArray
    'Do action
    Next

    Microsoft also bundles a handful of useful utilities with this package. These utilities will enable you to monitor your applications, benchmark web services, obfuscate your code, and much more.

    .NET has a slightly different syntax than earlier versions of the languages (ie version 6), so if you are new to .NET a reference book would be handy.

    Visual Studio.NET 2003 is worth the upgrade.

    If you are a developer using several Microsoft technologies, a MSDN subscription is very helpful. MSDN Universal subscriptions include Visual Studio Enterprise Architect, developer licenses for all Microsoft operating systems, developer licenses for all Microsoft server systems, Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise edition, and more. MSDN subscribers have access to support via managed newsgroups and phone support. ... Read more


    12. Microsoft MSDN Operating Systems 7.0 Revised - 1 Year
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    Asin: B0006NMPPO
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 5067
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    Product Description

    Microsoft MSDN Operating Systems Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 (1-year Subscription) .MSDN Operating Systems provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of everything you need to build XML Web services and applications. Through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technologies and information as soon as they release. With developer-licensed versions of Microsoft operating systems you can fully test a wide range of applications. ... Read more


    13. Microsoft Technet 2005 Single Server
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    Asin: B0006HJASK
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 5985
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    14. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 English
    list price: $1,079.00
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    Asin: B00008I9K2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 1498
    Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

    Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is deeply integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. A new feature in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs.

    The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET. It uses a disconnected model, which means that applications work with data locally, only contacting the server for data transfer or update. It’s a good model for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks, but there’s a lot to learn for those skilled in older database APIs.

    The Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 edition represents the best value in the range. There’s no Visual SourceSafe or Visio diagramming, and it lacks the server licences found in the high-end Enterprise editions, but it’s otherwise a fully comprehensive package.

    For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. Students and newcomers to programming will welcome the clean object-orientation in C#, and the deep XML support on offer is essential for enterprise applications or integrating with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Peice of kit
    I've been working as a web develop for over 5 years, and I've tried hundreds of different editors and IDE. Visual Studio.NET is by far the most complete I have ever used. My boss' at first weren't too happy about forking out so much for one peice of software, but on the first project we used it for, we made the money back on a short development time and testing time.

    Because everything can be developed in more or less the same way as an ASP.NET app, we were able to offer clients more solutions for their buck. We now offer desktop and mobile solutions as well as what we offered before!

    The learning curve can be somewhat steep, but once you learn to do most things, everything will become a breeze.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great
    To put simple, this product is good, but it's not great. The true biggest problem is the complexity and learning curve. If your migrating from DevStudio, then you'll have a heck of a time learning the new environment and set up. But once you learn how to use it (which will take a while), it's much better than DevStudio, and the new languages are definately worth it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Why would I buy this?
    Can someone please explain why I would buy .Net Pro when the MSDN Pro subscription is cheaper and comes with much more? Frankly, both of them see highly overpriced. They should pay me to develop for their platform.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It's Microsoft ...
    Just like Crawford Leitch wrote above. Microsoft products are trash. The company should be split-up and managed by monkeys. Name withheld

    2-0 out of 5 stars STEP BACKWARDS but has bells and whistles
    I used Visual Studio 6 / Visual Interdev a lot and found it very good. I'm a decent VB programmer so I created several apps and managed our corporate website /sub webs with it too. I could do all that my business group needed. VS.NET 2003 has just made all that a lot, lot harder for not much gain. Aside from learning the new languages VB.NET and C# which I don't really mind the new asp.net and web site development is horrendous for people who do it all themselves. It was a lot simpler before. First time you try to delete a test project you won't find a delete option or anything in the help about it. It turns out you need to use explorer to delete the files and IIS to remove the virtual site. Why would they do that? In short the gains are mainly for the big enterprise users with 2003 servers running IIS6. $$$. Very disappointing really and I really like Microsoft stuff. Microsoft SQL server is fantastic for instance. Good luck and be prepared to study... ... Read more


    15. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 Upgrade
    list price: $1,799.99
    our price: $1,599.99
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    Asin: B0000A1X04
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 6000
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    16. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 Version & Competitive Upgrade
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    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
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    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    Just got my hands on the beta of the new version & I'm exceedingly excited by v2 of VS.NET Really cool tools for mobility stuff & J# is pretty sweet. ... Read more


    17. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003 Upgrade
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    18. Borland Codewright 7.5 for Win

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    19. Microsoft MSDN Library 7.0 Revised - 1 Year
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    Microsoft MSDN Library Subscription 7.0 Rev.1 (1-year Subscription) .MSDN Library provides priority access to essential resources for developers, including timely delivery of code samples and technical documentation for building XML Web services and applications. Online and through automatic shipments, you receive the latest Microsoft technical resources as soon as they are available. ... Read more


    20. Microsoft MSDN Library Subcription 7.0
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    4-0 out of 5 stars What they don't tell you...
    Some of these "Tips" you may already know but if you don't they can save you a lot of time and aggravation. 1) Each new quartile, the set of CD(s) or DVD(s) do not necessary retain all of the old content from the previous version. Save your old media if you don't think there this is any possible chance you will need them in the future. Also the content is constantly being reorganized and an older version might present the information in a manner that is easier for you to use and more importantly FIND. 2) The new installation will NOT automatically save your favorites. To do this you must go the Windows Desktop Start -> Programs -> Microsoft Developer Network -> MSDN Library Favorites Utility . Use that utility to import your favorites into the new version. 3) If at all possible, (free disk space) choose the "Full" installation option or your search for information will result in constant prompts to insert your media again and again. Not productive at all. 4) and finally, the information is super accurate but at times very terse and formal. You are much better off searching the various Web sites for examples of the technologies, especially programming.

    Tom K. ... Read more


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