Looking for a way to start with SQL Server or Visual Studio???
I recently delivered a SQL Server 2008 R2 webcast and while talking about the versions the Express edition, which is FREE, came up. One of the big changes from SQL Server 2008 Express edition is the database size. It is now 10GB in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express edition.
Here is a chart with a comparison of SQL Express, Standard and Enterprise:
Also of note - We have free developer tools as well with Visual Studio 2010 Express .
Thinking Cloud – Check out the SQL Azure offering; including a free trial; as well as the beta of Visual Studio LightSwitch
For more information check out - http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/ and use the tabs at the top for Visual Studio of SQL Server.