Originally posted by emig647
...When I use MS VS I'm always doing MFC Applications. ...
That's the problem. If I had to do MFC again I'd be coding Java + OpenGL vs C# + MDX. .NET and managed code is sooo much nicer.
For MSDN it more than just tech calls. Its access to pretty much everything MS. For example, I wanted to try VirtualPC on my mac just to see how bad it sucked on a G4. I installed it from my MSDN DVDs and promptly said "Ugh, this is too slow" and removed it.
I was able to try 2005 beta from MSDN and that told me what I might need to do to go from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0 and why I'd want to.
I'm just a free ADC member so I don't know what's on the ADC disks but I would expect the same value added for a professional developer.
In terms of IDEs I prefer studio but that's personal preference more than anything else. Some folks prefer Eclipse over XCode because of the refactoring support. Whatever suits your fancy.
Yes, free is cheaper than $700.