I've got a lot out of this site related to blackhat SEO, etc. My background is in programming and I used to work at Microsoft, so as a contribution to the community, I can let you guys in a a great technique to get free or heavily discounted Microsoft software. This especially relates to Visual Studio, etc., but there is more included as well. Also, I know there are people on here who aren't making money yet, but are motivated and passionate about coding--you should have access to the tools you need! Hope this helps: There are two techniques, one is for free s/w, one is for heavily discounted s/w. 1. Sign-up for Microsoft Action Pack Subscription - get $1200 of s/w for $129 You will need a Windows Live ID (easy) First, sign-up with the Microsoft Partner Network (free): https://partner.microsoft.com/40032508 Then, sign-up for the Action Pack Subscription, make sure to choose the "Design and Development" version. More information can be found here on the program: https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/memsubscriptions or call 888-280-0440 They may make you take an assessment test--don't worry, it should be very basic and easy to pass (70% or better required). You may need to get a domain to show you have a software development company, give yourself a name and address, and write somewhere that you use Microsoft products to create software (give a few simple examples and specifically say which Microsoft software you use to develop them). Once approved for the program, you will get 3 MSDN subscriptions for a total of $129 (normally would cost $1200 each)! It is pretty straight forward to qualify for this program, just show Microsoft you are a small software company using their products. 2. BizSpark and WebSiteSpark You can get all of the software above for free with this program, designed for small software start-up companies. Lasts for 3 years, no cost up-front, $100 fee at the end of 3 years. During the application process you may be asked for a reference, they just told me this was not required on the phone, but I thought I saw that requirement listed somewhere before. More info available at http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/ or call 800-759-5474. Access to MSDN software including Visual Studio Ultimate. This is a great program! Free software for 3 years, including the highest and most expensive version of MSDN ($12,000 retail), however it may take a bit more work and patience to qualify for it. Best of luck, and let me know how it goes for you!