A few years ago when I was getting my Bachelor's Degree I decided to learn how to write code for mobile devices (I had Compaq Ipaq at that time that was running Pocket PC 2003 version of the software). I downloaded eVC 4 and wrote my first little program for my device. It was an exciting time! As a student I did not have much disposable income, so it was nice to know that eVC was free.
If you have not heard about it, Microsoft just started a new program to allow students to get Free Professional level Development Tools. The program is called Microsoft Dreamspark. If you are are a student, you can go to https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ and download tools like Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition or Microsoft Expression Studio at no charge!