1 - The VB.NET 2008 beta express may be ok for learning. I really don't know much about it other than it's "Limited". Whatever that means. The VC++ Express will not come with ATL or MFC libraries which you'll need to do COM programming.
2 - Unless you're just really plentiful with programming aptitude, YES. I'm not trying to discourage you, just being real about it. You have to be really determined to learn C++.
3 - Would just need to look into it. I don't know right this second.
4 - I replied
Posted by: Jason Newell Post date: 10/4/2007 9:20:20 PM