We are looking to invest in Visual Basic as an application development environment for some small programs that need to be built for use behind the scenes at our company and also for use on our clients computers. We have been looking at Visual Basic.net standard and comparing its features to Visual Studio.net and trying to decide whether the larger investment in Visual Studio is worth it given our needs.
We are looking to develop applications in visual basic that will handle opening and printing of Multipage .tiffs, Zipping of said .tiffs at the customer's site and installation of said applications. Also, we are developing an application that will manage a giveaway that we will be hosting at our industries convention this January. This application will feature a slot machine interface that potential leads can hit any key and possibly win (with audio and visual feedback upon winning) There is also the slight possibility of our web site moving to IIS/ASP from Apache/PHP - but that is not a factor in this decision.
We need a comprehensive explantion of the differences between Visual Basic.net standard (which is available for $100 dollars) and Visual Studio.net (visual basic component which I've seen around $500 dollars) in regard to the types of applications that we are looking to develop and what limitions visual basic.net standard will impose upon our development.
We are aware of the remote database limitations of visual basic.net standard and that limitation is not enough evidence to promote the purchase of Visual Studio.net. We are specifically looking for an explanation of the other limitations.
Thank you in advance.