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[–] kerbalspacewhale 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If your school/professors are good, you'll probably become familiar with open source toolchains for whatever language you're learning, so I would suggest continuing on along that path. There are too many vendor specific platforms/IDEs to predict which one is best in terms of job prospects.

Also, for my first year CS classes we had to use Linux at the computer labs. It may be better to familiarize yourself with Linux than any Microsoft specific software from Dreamspark.

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[–] NervousHorse 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Many schools (including mine) are sponsored by Microsoft, and since OP is having Dreamspark advertised to them, I would assume the worst. It's truly baffling how excited some people are to get all this proprietary malware on their computers "for free".

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[–] LemonRose [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for the input. This is kinda why I was confused. I thought I already had all the software I needed for my current classes, free. Then I was notified about this Dreamspark stuff and the kid next to me in class said they have tons of good free software I should download. shrug My current list to download is: Visio, Project, Visual Studio, and some kind of SQL software.

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[–] LemonRose [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ok, I will look into the Linux thing. I know nothing about that except that it exists, but I do have an old PC I was thinking of converting. Thanks!

The issue is I'm not really in a degree program - not right now anyway. I already have a bachelor's in another subject, so I'm just taking random classes. Not sure how many classes I want to take and where I want to branch off and learn things on my own.

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[–] ConquistadorCoronado 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Visual Studio.

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[–] LemonRose [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is the newest one the best? Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015?

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[–] ConquistadorCoronado 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I haven't tried the latest. But probably. But the older ones will have more documentation.

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[–] Master_Foo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Don't get sucked into "free software" What they are doing is trying to make you dependant on their product so, later you buy from them. (Sounds kind of like a crack dealer eh? "First time's free").

You probably wouldn't see as many C# devs and Java devs around here if it weren't for the fact that "That's what I was brainwashed to believe in college".

Learn the gcc toolchain (Actually free instead of "free", like Dreamspark). If you know how to use the gcc toolchain, you can probably easily learn any other tools you might need in the future.

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[–] LemonRose [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'll add it to the list! Thank you! At the moment I've invested too much time in trying to get this stupid Visual Studio to run. I can't turn back now! This stuff was so much easier when I learned BASIC back in the day. :/

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[–] Master_Foo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

At the moment I've invested too much time in trying to get this stupid Visual Studio to run. I can't turn back now!

Hook line and sinker!

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[–] darthsuegar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Visio is really nice diagramming software you'll probably use later. Project is good too but I never use it personally. Other than that, Visual Studio provides access to a lot of .NET languages, which will undoubtedly be helpful at some point if you pursue Microsoft languages and programming. Those are the big ones I know to suggest.

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[–] LemonRose [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks! I'm going with the install it if I might possibly need it approach. I can always uninstall later or if my hard drive gets full. If I have to choose between Diablo and Project, I know which one will be getting the boot! :)