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Three questions about VB.NET...

I am using VB 6.0 Enterprise Edition and hated to see Microsoft create VB.NET instead of releasing VB 7.0. So, I am resisting this for a variety of reasons, one being money. I will be footing the entire bill.

1. For a home computer, what versions of Windows will VB.NET work on? You have stated most will work except Windows 3.x and Windows 95. At Microsoft they say it only runs on the business versions, such as NT, NT 4.0, 2000 Professional and XP Professional. I would prefer to run VB.NET on Windows 98 second edition or the home version of XP. These would help save money.

2. What version of VB.NET are people buying? I am presently using VB6.0 Enterprise Edition. From what I have seen, it's either the watered-down standard version for $99 or the suite for a whopping $1200-1300. Anything in-between these two extremes that people are buying?

3. VB.NET talks about whether you are using a workstation and whether you are an Administrator. At home, I am neither since it is just me. When I hook to the Internet, I am an individual user going through a local provider, NOT a proxy or any other corporate Administrator. Is this a problem? It appears to me that MS has setup VB.NET for business use only. Am I wrong?
1. You can create an application that will run on Win 98, but you must use NT 4.0, Win2K, XP or XP Pro to run the Development Environment.

2. There are 5 ways to buy VB.NET. Here they are with street prices:
a. Standalone "Learning Edition" -- $100 (only VB.NET)
b. Visual Studio .NET Professional -- $500
c. Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer -- $1650
d. Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect -- $1900
e. MSDN Universal Subscription -- $2500

The MSDN Universal Subscription includes EVERYTHING Microsoft makes from VS.NET to SQL Server to all operating systems. It is 10's of thousands of dollars worth of software. For a professional developer, it is a bargain. To put these prices (which are just ballpark estimates) in perspective, Java Enterprise Development environments cost in the neighborhood of $3500, and that is just the IDE -- no extra software or operating systems. Try looking at http://www.vbxtras.com for more pricing info.

What do people buy? Everyone, and I mean everyone in our company has their own personal MSDN Universal Subscription. I wouldn't be without it. To get the basics of what you meed to develop in .NET you need the professional edition or higher.

3. I'm not sure what you mean here. In order to install software and run certain programs on a workstation, you must login with administrator rights to the local machine.

This was first published in June 2002

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