Shaddix wrote:yes, after some experimentation I decided to do my VB.NET coding in Virtual Box, I might give MonoDevelop a shot for C# and ASP because that part looks quite ok
That's probably the best choice, it may happen that the .Net framework will need additional extensions or applications that might only be available within .Net or as a windows file.
--and it will more closely match the coursework.
Even if you became a .Net developer, you might not use Mono, for these same reasons.
--it is also not really Mint vs VB.net development, it is more of a... which platform matches the requirements for VB or .Net developmenthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_Basic_.NET
Also, after a while, you might want to have a look at Gambas for object oriented basic developmenthttp://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.htmlhttp://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.html
--unless working within that .Net framework becomes important.