raymond said:jamie said:*snip*
I learned Illustrator several years ago in a course at a local community college whose lab and classrooms computers are PCs using Windows XP. The college has one classrom that uses Apple computers.
The Computer Science department teaches C++ and Java programming and does not use Visual Studio and therefore does not teach either C# or VB in its programming coures.
Eight to twelve years ago this same college taught Visual Basic using Visual Studio.
While I have asked the college for several years to teach courses using Expression Studio, Visual Studio and SQL Server they simply do not have the budget to support credit courses with this software.
Microsoft must provide the software for at least three years to the local colleges or they will continue to be frozen out by Adobe applications, the Open Source crowd, and C++ , Java and PHP programming languages.
Microsoft giving the software away for free to students is a great idea.
Looks like the same college might be teaching an ASP.NET in the spring.
However, to date they do not have the budget for buying Visual Studio and SQL Server.
Forget about them buying Expression Studio.
Suggest Microsoft give colleges for a period of five years the latest versions of Visual Studio, Expression Studio and SQL Server for free and have Microsoft Evangelists actively promote this and the free student software to as many colleges and universities as possible.
For young students wanting to become web designers and web deveopers, many local colleges are not exposing students to Microsoft's applications for the simple reason they do not have the money to buy Microsoft software in addition to Adobe's.
Young and hip college students are in many instances not even aware of Microsoft Expression Studio and Visual Studio existence.
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
raymond said:While I have asked the college for several years to teach courses using Expression Studio, Visual Studio and SQL Server they simply do not have the budget to support credit courses with this software.
You should point them in the direction of the MSDN Academic Alliance program. It's not free, but it is unbelievably cheap and a fantastic way of providing those kinds of tools to support education.