There was few of My Friends speaking about .NET not being a Free or Open Source Software, as a result I am dedicating this to all the people who talk about the same.
Check the below products whats on offering and whats happening in the .NET World.
1. Visual Studio Express Editions
This is the Expansion and the limited Edition of Visual Studio and SQL Server products.
It consists of
a. Visual Basic Express Edition
b. Visual C# Express Edition
c. Visual C++ Express Edition
d. Visual Web Developer Express Edition etc
Just check their Website the FAQS state that it can be used for Commercial Purposes and its Free.
2. Visual Studio Professional/Standard / Team System
These are the products that has almost all the Features of the word .NET and it varies on the Professional, Standard and Team System that is been used. Check www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/ for details
Also check out the following programmes from Microsoft
1. Dream Spark
This is a Microsoft’s programme that gives students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge. Check https://www.dreamspark.com for details
This programme is intended to support the startup Companies. The enrollment fee is around $100 and you will end up getting Most of the Microsoft’s Softwares for your startup. Check http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/ for details
Other Projects Revolving around .NET
1. Sharp Develop
SharpDevelop is a free and open source IDE for the C#, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), Boo, and (starting from version 3.0) F# and Iron Python programming languages. It is typically used as an alternative to Microsoft’s Visual Studio .NET.
Check http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/ to know more about the project.
2. Mono Project
Another Open Source Project.
From Wiki :
Mono is a project led by Novell (formerly by Ximian) to create an Ecma standard compliant, .NET-compatible set of tools, including among others a C# compiler and a Common Language Runtime. Mono can be run on Linux, BSD, UNIX, Mac OS X, Solaris and Windows operating systems.
Companies Currently using Mono :
- Novell Novell uses Mono for both client and server applications
- Cogmation uses Mono on their robotics software to drive the scripting in their platform
- And many more .
Check http://mono-project.com/ for more details on the Mono Project
3. C# in Eclipse.
There is a free open Source c# plugin for Eclipse.How good it would be to use the Eclipse to Code C# .The plugin just does the same.
Check http://www.improve-technologies.com/alpha/esharp/ to know more about the same.
There is still lots more and will update the same as and when I get to know some.