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WebsiteSpark gives Web designers and developers a jump-start by providing the tools and resources needed to build great websites, free of cost.

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#1
Direct link please?
#2
aishaukhan
Direct link please?


http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/
#3
More abt the Webspark

http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/support.aspx?tab=ProgramDetails

Microsoft® WebsiteSpark™ is designed to ignite the success of professional Web developers and designers. The program enables you to get software, support and business opportunities from Microsoft at no cost during the 3-year membership term.

Program Benefits
WebsiteSpark provides access to a technology offering for development and production hosting of websites. Once enrolled, you can download the following software from Microsoft:

For design, development, testing and demonstration of new websites – for a total of up to three users per Web design and development company:
Visual Studio Professional
Expression Studio (1 user) and Expression Web (up to 2 users)
Windows Web Server 2008 R2
SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
For production use – that is, to deploy and host new websites developed using Program software – using a total of up to four processors per Web design and development company, of the following (physical or virtual) dedicated servers:
Windows Web Server 2008 R2
SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
In addition to software, Microsoft WebsiteSpark offers Web development and design companies the opportunity to:
Get Business Opportunities: Get opportunities to expand your customer base and drive new business through showcasing your capabilities and connecting with partners, by featuring your talents in Microsoft marketing and business networking vehicles.
Get Support and Training - benefits include:
2 professional support incidents
Online support through Managed newsgroups on MSDN is no longer available. Priority support is now provided in MSDN forums and other Microsoft online properties
Access to broad community support through connections with Network Partners, Hosting Partners and peers with complementary services and technologies
Program Features
Eligibility Requirements: An eligible Web design and development company must have the following characteristics at the time of joining:
Company: A professional service firm whose primary business is providing Web development and design services for its clients, with
no more than 10 members (including owners and employees).
Individual: An individual that performs web-related development and/or design services for its current customers or plans to provide such services to its customers in the future. An Individual does not have his/her own company and/or does not work for a web design or development company.
Companies and Individuals do not have to be members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) prior to joining the Program, but enrollment in MPN is a feature of Program participation. Companies and Individuals will agree to the terms of the MPN Community Agreement when they accept the WebsiteSpark Agreement. We will compare the Company's or Individual's contact information entered by the Company or Individual during its WebsiteSpark Program enrollment process with
Term: Eligible Web development and design Companies and/or Individuals can participate in WebsiteSpark for up to 3 years. On the first and second anniversary of initial enrollment, they must update their enrollment (e.g., confirm they haven't gone public and their ownership hasn't changed).
Fee: There is no cost for Web Pros to join WebsiteSpark or receive its benefits.
To terminate its enrollment, a Web Pro must notify WebsiteSpark ([email protected]).
Special Offers: Web development and design Companies and Individuals in WebsiteSpark may also be eligible for additional products or services offerings (from Microsoft or others) from time to time during their tenure in the Program. In general, Web Pros enrolled in WebsiteSpark will be notified of Special Offers when they become available as well as the terms and enrollment process to take advantage of them. Special Offers are not part of the WebsiteSpark program benefits, and participation in Special Offers will be governed by the separate terms and conditions for each Special Offer (including licenses, and fees if any).
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Use Django. Not only is it better, it's truly free, forever.

Of course Microsoft are going to give this away: It's a trap! They want web development companies to start building all their dynamic websites in Microsoft technologies so that in 3 years' time (or shorter if they make a lot of websites), they start having to fork out money just to keep the sites up... Or face redeveloping them.

If you're considering this deal, please consider all the costs for the life of the website. For most people, it's not a good deal.

Hell, I'd even recommend PHP over this garbage. You'll make a better website and you're not going to get yourself trapped in a long term contract.

I'm saying this as somebody who builds web sites and apps for a living.
#5
I'm going for it, but not for vis studio. I'm a classic ASP dev, and am running a windows server at home that is a little 'suspect'. This gives me a free licensed server, sorted. I can already get free MSSQL and expression studio, but its useful to have all in one place.
#6
Good stuff, heat added :)
#7
Thanks
#8
@OliWarner they changed the license for BizSpark (and webspark too afaik) to be perpertual - so there's no "long term contract" or additional cost after the 3 year term - you just carry on using the licenses.
#9
OliWarner
If you're considering this deal, please consider all the costs for the life of the website. For most people, it's not a good deal.

Of course it's a loss leader for Microsoft just like Office is and also Photoshop for Adobe - they turn a blind eye to end-user piracy, or at least don't make great strides in stamping it out, because the logic is people who become adept/dependant in using Photoshop go on to use and promote the use of PS in the workplace. The businesses these professionals end up working at obviously do buy the licenses, so ultimately MS/Adobe, etc end up happy.

Depending on your cynicism level you could look at this as a free 3 year licence of technologies you would otherwise have to pay for, and the opportunity to build on your existing skillset.
#10
Hell, I'd even recommend PHP over this garbage. You'll make a better website and you're not going to get yourself trapped in a long term contract.

I'm saying this as somebody who builds web sites and apps for a living.


As somebody who has done the same for the last 15 years disagree

Most research shows that nix systems actually have a HIGHER TCO over the life of the system
#11
Thanks for the link, perfect for my needs.
#12
OliWarner
Hell, I'd even recommend PHP over this garbage. You'll make a better website and you're not going to get yourself trapped in a long term contract.

I'm saying this as somebody who builds web sites and apps for a living.


Out of interest, how will using php make your website better? Your ability to code is what makes the difference, not the actual technology behind it. Since ajax came along I'm at a loss as to why I'd even need .net, as I can do everything I need with ASP and javascript.

I am asking this as someone who develops custom web based database interfaces for a living.

Edited By: tek-monkey on Jun 10, 2011 14:36
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I can do everything I need with ASP and javascript.


i used to think that until i got into .NET

try building a site or two in .NET and - especially with the intellisense in Visual Studio - going back to classic ASP is a bit of a nightmare.

the .NET framework is just so much more versatile once you get used to it - but you need to get into the object oriented methodology first
#14
? “Program Offering Fee” means the fee Web Pro will pay at the end of its participation in the Program, as further described in the Program Guide.
3.2. Payment. Except as set forth in Section 9.2, at the end of its participation in the Program Web Pro will pay the Program Offering Fee, as further described in the Program Guide.
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#15
Durzel

Of course it's a loss leader for Microsoft just like Office


Microsoft makes more money form Office than windows...
#16
could any one tell me which one i have to download for .net with c# . My wife wants to learn .net using c#.

Thanks in advance.
#17
Hunt4deal
could any one tell me which one i have to download for .net with c# . My wife wants to learn .net using c#.

Thanks in advance.

Visual Studio Pro comes with support for c#, and others (vb, c++, f#, maybe some more), or you can get an "Express" version for a particular language (e.g. Visual C# Express) - the express versions are always free.
#18
taras
Durzel
Of course it's a loss leader for Microsoft just like Office

Microsoft makes more money form Office than windows...


Exactly. Windows is the loss-leader, in a very similar way as this deal makes a .NET platform. You "lose" money on selling it (not that they actually lose money) but make money from the long term investment of hooking somebody on a platform.

To qualify for this deal you need to be a company that creates websites. If you start using this to make things, you're either going to go all-in or not at all as it's not cheap to maintain two separate platforms at the same time.

This package is only going to get you so far. If you're doing things seriously, perhaps a year, or less if you need a site spread over multiple servers (load balancing, replication, redundancy, tautology, etc).

Office is where MS makes the big bucks. They have a range of licenses to rape everybody as much as they possibly can and until relatively recently, if you got things in Microsoft formats, you needed Microsoft software to open them. It was a viral lock-in that prevented you doing work unless you paid Microsoft. Thankfully the EU stepped in and forced them to open up their newest formats so other software could compete.

Photoshop is also not a loss-leader. Adobe makes a ton of cash directly from its sales. Flash Player and Acrobat Reader (though not so much these days) would be the loss-leaders for Adobe. They generate the need for the editing programs that cost huge amounts of cash.

@tek-monkey Any "framework" (be that PHP+Framework, Python+Framework, Ruby+Rails or C#/VB.NET+ASP.NET/MVC) is going to save you time. They give you a good structure for creating proper database-backed websites so you can spend more time focussing on what makes your website different while the framework handles repetitive tasks (writing a template engine, pulling/sorting/filtering data, forms, data portability, etc). You probably wouldn't get this complex for a simple "brochure website" but anything as complicated as a blog, upward, and they're deeply beneficial.

Classic ASP is just awful on its own. You need no end of extensions to actually make it do things that PHP (and everything else) do out the box. It's cludgey and the VBScript language is plain backwards in places.

A good web framework will realistically let you write something you write in ASP in about 10% of the time, it'll probably run faster (because people who write the framework code spend time on optimising it), it will be more secure (because I bet there's on database query you haven't escaped input from the user) and when things change (not that ASP has changed at all in the past 10 years), you have a nice, predictable upgrade pattern.

The biggest benefit is time. Time for a web developer literally translates to how many jobs they can do and that means money. If you're just hacking around to make a website for your cat, I'm not going to argue with you, but if your time has any value (and it sounds like it does), look for better tools. You're flushing your time down the toilet otherwise.

I'd seriously recommend something like Django over PHP(+Cake/Symphony/Zend/etc). It's quick to get going and Python (the programming language beneath the framework) is very simple to understand. You can produce a simple database system (let's just say for one database entity), with multi-user support, full online editing with validated input and some sort of public facing output from that table, in 10 minutes. It's stupid how fast you can do things.

Importantly, Django is completely free. MIT/BSD license. You can install it on as many servers as you like and they don't even have to be Linux. You can get started by just running it on your local machine (it doesn't need a proper web server like Apache or IIS in front of it during development) and there is great documentation for it (and some good real books too).

Just one warning: Python is addictive. Once you get over the forced-indentation (and you will), you'll want to write everything in it.

@d-signet "Most research shows that nix systems actually have a HIGHER TCO over the life of the system". Most research from somebody who actually buys his servers and maintains them for customers can tell you right away that most of your pseudo-cited research is Microsoft-sponsored FUD.

There may be cases where supporting free operating systems can be initially more expensive but that's usually when you have to re-train 10,000 users how the new system works. We're talking about web infrastructure here.

If you want to put some real world numbers to it, about this time in 2008, MS/IIS had 35% of the server market share. After a decade of pushing IIS, you'd have thought they'd be making some headway. But this was their peak. They never topped Apache.

Since 08 MS have been bleeding market share like a wounded badger. This month, IIS share is down to around 15% (and I'm rounding up).

I guess everybody in IT procurement hasn't seen your research... but if the TCO for Linux (et al) were really that horrific, you would have thought the Microsoft share might be growing, not shrinking. The market has shown again and again that free operating systems and platforms are the Internet.

By the way, Ubuntu on the desktop (and server) is pretty great too.
#19
DOS
Hunt4deal
could any one tell me which one i have to download for .net with c# . My wife wants to learn .net using c#.

Thanks in advance.
Visual Studio Pro comes with support for c#, and others (vb, c++, f#, maybe some more), or you can get an "Express" version for a particular language (e.g. Visual C# Express) - the express versions are always free.


Thanks for your reply. Do you mean the below one?

Visual Studio 2010 Professional (x86) - DVD (English)
4/12/2010 View View Download
2,242 (MB)
#20
Genius! I'll look into this! :)
#21
d-signet
Hell, I'd even recommend PHP over this garbage. You'll make a better website and you're not going to get yourself trapped in a long term contract.

I'm saying this as somebody who builds web sites and apps for a living.

As somebody who has done the same for the last 15 years disagree

Most research shows that nix systems actually have a HIGHER TCO over the life of the system

I agree, I have done comparison on "Open Source" products which tend to be more costlier and have to anyway wait for someone else to fix the bugs. He at least you have a father to these products who will release patches and the best of all it is free !!!
#22
cheers
#23
Heat added. It is a great find after all.

But I'm partial to PHP frameworks and Ruby on Rails and lots of other non-MS tech for developing websites. :p

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