I know I’m coming in way late with this due to being behind with listening to the show, and I realize that you may have heard this already, but Microsoft does offer Visual Basic 2008 in an Express version which they give away for free, so it’s not accurate to say that you must purchase Visual Studio in order to use Visual Basic in Windows. The Express version does have some limitations, which are spelled out in this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Visual_Studio_Express, but it is still very useful for the novice programmer.

As always, I really enjoy the show!