Visual Studio Community Edition
A complete IDE that has all the features developers require to build professional applications.
An excellent and affordable obfuscator for .NET applications. Does better than higher priced tools.
The most popular database that is always freely available with the Community Edition
The most powerful freely distributed database available
The universal embedded database for desktop and mobile applications
SQL Server Express Database
The standard in ease-of-use commercial database systems that is freely available
SQL Server Compact Edition 4.0 SP1
Though no longer supported by Microsoft, developers are still using this venerable, freely available embedded database
Database Conversion Tools
Affordable, database conversion tools for a variety of popular databases
Freely available database management tool for multiple databases (licensing available at low rates)
Affordable, database management tool for multiple databases
Affordable, database tools and access components, which include an entire suite of ADO.NET Providers
One of the top technical sites for .NET code snippets, utilities, and tutorials.
Visual Studio Magazine
Microsoft's technical journal for .NET developers.