How to make friends with the means of production from Microsoft? (I ask for advice)


    Most recently, I had an irresistible craving for the study of something new. For the first time in ten years, the eye has fallen on MS development products. Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, I tried MSVC, but C ++ Builder won because of the greater rad-oviness, and ASP, but hosting for perl and php was much cheaper and more common. For the same reasons, mysql interested me more than mssql.

    I want to delve into the following areas:
    1. Desktop .NET applications
    2. Programs for Windows Mobile
    3. Silverlight
    4. ASP + MSSQL

    Accordingly, in order to delve into this I need a hefty software package. But ms doesn’t have anything like CS4 Master Collection, so you need to collect all the software separately.

    Could you tell me what I need for this and what software versions to focus on.

    While downloaded: VS 2008 Team Suite, Expression Studio, Blend, Silverlight tools.
    Remained in my opinion MSSQL-server and IIS.

    What else can be useful to me necessarily and optionally?

    PS: Thank you all very much, read it, made conclusions for yourself. I ask in advance, because I’m leaving for the country, and there is nothing besides electricity and fresh air :)

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