I can't afford professional (500 bucks), but coming from a guy who just bought "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Visual Basic 6.0" does the learning edition not have everything a beginner would need? Right now I'm using a limited version that came with the book. I don't know anything really about programming (other than a little dbase III stuff way back when) so I thought VB would be a good place to start, and keep the frustration level to a minimum. The working edition won't run your programs without it running first, and won't make .exe files. I don't want to spend a $100 and find out the Learning Edition is just as limited as my working edition.