I'm still getting my head round the import keyword, and how everything seems to be inside a class, but I'm being taught this bad boy for the next 4 years, AFAIK, and I can keep learning my C++ on the side.
Also, I got an e-mail today (one of many). Apparently, St. Andrews has an Academic Alliance on MSDN. I logged in and checked it out. I can legally download, for free, the following:
Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Project Professional 2002
Full MSDN (6.0 and .Net)
Visual Studio .Net 2003 Professional
Visual Studio .Net 2002 Pro
Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
Windows 2000 Server SP4
Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise
Windows Server 2003 Standard
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Windows Services for UNIX 3.0
Windows XP Embedded
Windows XP Professional with SP2
[wow] [wow] [wow] What a collection!
There are a fair few strings attached (inevitably), but I really was surprised to see all this free software on offer. Most of them are downloadable ISOs - download, burn, and away you go.
For the Windows 2000, I think it's only Professional that's just a service pack on its own - the server editions are actually the full OS with service pack included.
Well, at least I think it's that simple.
Everything up here seems fine thus far, at least. Like I said in my previous entry, I might even hack together a game in Java at some point.
In other news, an old school friend of mine (who lives about 4 doors along from me in our Halls), is making a small operating system. He says he'd pay me to help him out. He generally talks rubbish, but what he's suggesting in the functionality of his system sounds rather good. If he (or we [oh]) can manage it. I think I'll help him out for the learning experience, but I need to either learn C or brush up on C++ first of all. Wish me luck [smile].
Catch you later,