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I have been looking for a software solution for writing Windows applications with GUI in which I can access MS-ACCESS and SQL databases. I would prefer C#.

However, I'm just looking for free variants that still allow me to use the applications in the company. I have now tried Python with pygubu and that's all else, at least for me, as a fast development. The next are the licenses with which I am not well versed and which I can not interpret correctly. I have tried SharpDevelop privately and am actually very satisfied. And there are the problems with the licenses. Is the C # compiler from Microsoft "license free" or do I have to buy Visual Studio? I hope someone can bring some light into the darkness?

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You can just use Visual Studio Community.

Visual Studio 2013 screenshot

  • Thank you for your answer, but I think the company I work for is too big for the community edition so have to buy one of the bigger versions... If there are no free alternatives, then I have to buy a version. But I would like to inform myself about different possibilities to save costs as far as possible. – CptnRoughnight Feb 19 at 6:18
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I heard good things about Gambas . See also the "See Also" links at the bottom of that Wikipedia article - they lead to very long lists of IDEs and VB Dialects.

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Consider trying MonoDevelop, which is the base used for Visual Studio for macOS. Note that you would have to build it from source for Windows.

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