I dunno if anyone else knows about this but you can get the visual studio package + help files + register + support all for free and the package is fully operational so you don't have to get pirate copies to do little projects etc from home if you a student(if you campus does not give the full thing for free as most have agreements to do it) and use it forever. they have c++ /c# /J++ /j# basc and some web developer. anyways its like 440MB per for the main ones with help files and a sql version.
There are restrictions on what can be done but with most projects its fine except mobile o/s. I'm thinking of getting me some packages this month, and my friend getting the others too.