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    C# Compilers

    Any free compilers around here that are good for learning off books.

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    Most books are going to eventually teach you to use System.Windows.Forms. I think only Visual Studio has that. Might be wrong though. Might be available as long as you are under Windows.

    At anyrate, check out www.mono-project.com

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    Well, i got C# professional and I don't know which compiler to use for that

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    Most likely it is going to suggest Visual Studio. In fact it should have mentioned it at the beginning of the book. You can also grab the beta version from Microsoft's website. Only catch is it will expire in most likely 180 days. Not a big deal though since you'll probably be through that book by then.

    Express version is at lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/

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    The C# compiler that ships with the Microsoft .NET Framework (what Visual Studio uses) is free. Just download the .NET SDK.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    If its an IDE you're after, SharpDevelop is free (well, Open Source). http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=U&st...rce/SD/&e=9707

    Visual Studio does cost money, but there are beta versions out now for free.

    http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/expres...p/default.aspx

    Your book will probably want you to use Microsofts C# compiler, so either use the .NET SDK at the top or SharpDevelop. You'll probably find SharpDevelop much easier to get started with.

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    System.Windows.Forms comes as part of the .NET Framework. It's not limited to visual studio.

    Your book should talk about this stuff near the start, I am sure there would be a section on compilers and IDE's. If not, take it back.

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    I've tried SharpDevelop and frankly I don't think it is anywhere near as good as Visual Studio. Microsoft claims the Express series will be selling for $50 per language. Standard will now be shipping with all the languages and will sell for $300. They seem to be getting cheaper every release. And about time too. :P

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    Yeah but every time I say "learn beta 2, it'll be out soon and cheap" they always whinge and go with #develop or a stolen version of Visual Studio. I too believe VS (especially beta 2, as I use it at work every day) is far superior, but I bet someone will argue

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    Yeah I got the Visual Studio 2002 Student version for $100 at my local university.

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    For some odd reason our college handed out free copies of Visual Studio 2002 to those taking the class. Funny thing is they never gave up the keys to use them so we had to find those ourselves. When I finally got my copy running I noticed it was not the student edition but the professional one.

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