Yesterday, I posted https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7408039/upgrade-visual-studio-2008-professional-to-visual-studio-2010-professional-agai regarding purchasing Visual Studio. It was closed as off-topic.
Can anyone explain why Visual Studio is not considered part of "software tools commonly used by programmers," which is quite clearly marked in the FAQ as an acceptable question?
Is it just because it's about the commercial aspect of the software tool rather than its usage? IMO developers need to purchase development tools too.
I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything, I'm honestly looking for an answer so I understand SO better.
The point of my previous question was this: I found from Microsoft an "Upgrade" purchase from VS2008 Pro to VS2010 Pro. The problem with this is at least two other SO threads indicate such a product does not exist and that you must purchase the full version of VS2010 regardless whether or not you own VS2008.
I just wanted to know why those other threads say what they say, which directly counters (IMHO) what Microsoft's site says - I wanted to know who to believe, and if I should purchase the Full version or the Upgrade.