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    I'm very happy to see that with .Net, command-line compilers, and a lot of tutorial information, were made available to developers free of charge.

    But why does wrapping it in an IDE suddenly make it a $500 piece of software?

    I've been playing with SharpDevelop, since I currently don't have a corporation to spring for the software price.  Haven't gotten too far, since I need a project to actually make me work through it.