In what way do they limit side projects? Out of curiosity/my own edification.
P.S. I have a buddy that comes from a C# background and I'll see if I can get him to add his two cents to this discussion.
My apologies, I had intended on being more specific to SQL Server in my final comment. It's limitation being the cost of a license for a production level system. Don't get me wrong SQL Express is a fine platform, but isn't really suitable for a production workload due to it's memory and cpu restrictions.
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