So I downloaded VS 2008 last spring before I left for China and used it some while I was there. I really didn't do much with it and it expired, I pulled down VS 2010 a couple of weeks ago to do the trial. I like it, its been a while since I've had to use VS for anything. I always despised the design interface for web pages and ended up doing a bastardized flip-flop between VS and Dreamweaver. The design part of 2010 looks much better and thats a relief. I don't intend to pay for a newer version of Dreamweaver and I am hoping to do everything inside VS.
My "real" copy of Visual Studio came in the mail today and I installed it on my main workstation at home (US) and held my breath and installed it on the laptop to take with me to China. It installed ok. I was worried they would prevent me from installing on 2 machines with this license. Paying for this copy made my heart hurt, there's no way in hell I could justify buying two.
Well..... I need a new website. Something different then Mindspear where I can talk about life in the shop, life in China, life in the kitchen. I don't really want to invest too heavily in new tools or infrastructure. So I took a look around and settled on using BlogEngine.NET as the foundation. I like the idea of working with an open-source app and I wanted a .NET solution.
I took down one of the servers at home to save on electricity so my development platform is a single unit with Server 2003 Enterprise, and SQL Server 2005. I haven't coded since 2008 so I am still running an old version of Visual SourceSafe and Visual Studio 2005. I don't want to invest in a ton of tools for this, so I am going to go with Visual Studio 2010 and look at a different solution for source control.