Last post May 15, 2011 02:04 PM by XIII
May 14, 2011 06:54 PM|stevex33|LINK
I've been using visual studio express to practice my webdevelopment skills, and I'm getting ready to start rolling out some websites.
I've just discovered that some features that i would like to have (such as unit testing and deployment options beyond copy and paste) aren't available, so I'm looking at purchasing a copy of visual studio 2010, not sure which version I need, (Might go for
ultimate, but it will likely be premium).
A simple question I have is that I only want visual studio, none of their other software and I don't want tech support etc, but the problem is I can only see options for "new sdn subscription" or renewal.
I don't want a new subscription and I don't have an old subscription to renew.
Do I HAVE to buy an MSDN subscription?
If not, I guess I would select the renew option?
Once I've bought a version of visual studio, is it mine forever and I can use it as often as I want, or is that where the "subscription" part comes in, and I HAVE to pay it annually in order to use the software. (Forgive me, it's not very clear on the microsoft
Can I upgrade from professional to premium, or premium to ultimate at any time?
The deployment features that I'm after are basically not putting my code onto the webserver as plain text files, I want them compiled into dlls so no-one can see the code I've written should they end up accessing the backend somehow.
Thinking about it, as an individual developer, what am I actually missing out on that could hinder me by simply going with the professional version?
May 14, 2011 07:50 PM|XIII|LINK
an alternative would be websitespark (http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/), an initiative by Microsoft for startups. I suggest you talk with your local Microsoft representative about what's
best for you.
Also to buy: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/buy.
But perhaps you don't need integrated test tools. In the past, and still, NUnit's a popular tool for this.
May 15, 2011 07:43 AM|stevex33|LINK
Thanks for the information.
I think I'm eligeble for webspark, so i could give that a try.
I've heard of NUnit but never tried it, I think I would probably prefer integrated testing.
I still need an answer to my main question though really.
If I purchase a version of visual studio, do I HAVE to buy a subscription to MSDN, and is it an annual fee that I must pay in order to use the software, or is it a one off and I can use it forever after that?
Also, for the deployment feature I mentioned, is that available in the professional version?
May 15, 2011 11:40 AM|XIII|LINK
I personally use the Ultimate edition and according to me license goes as long as you paid for it, meaning with websitespark I think it's 3 years. With MSDN it's a year but as told before, be sure to ask your local Microsoft representative to be sure of
Seems the integrated testing suite's in Professional:
But I suggest you simply download the trial version, see what's in it to satisfy your needs and then purchase it. Links to trials:
May 15, 2011 01:30 PM|stevex33|LINK
so according to the microsoft website, are you telling me that you pay £3,489 every year just to use the ultimate edition?
May 15, 2011 02:04 PM|XIII|LINK
there's a lot more in the MSDN subscription than just Visual Studio alone. So that was the reason I was mentioning websitespark, there's also bizzspark, as it seems more to the point to what you're after.