For all you aspiring journo-programmers, Microsoft has a treat for you: free software! Woot!
Microsoft is launching a new initiative, DreamSpark, to offer up development and design software free to students, probably in hopes of weaning them from open-source solutions. The following expensive software will be offered free to students as part of the program:
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
- Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
- SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
- Expression Studio
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- XNA Creators Club Online
It doesn’t get any better than pricey software for free, my friends, especially if ASP.NET (Microsoft’s flavor of Web development) is your bag. Kinda makes you want to go take a community college course for that student ID just to take advantage of this free stuff (plus 2 bucks off movies, of course).