Since there's now an ArcGIS Desktop for Home Use program (full "ArcInfo" license level, or whatever they call it these days), would be terrific if Esri would provide a similar offering for ArcGIS Server / ArcSDE. If you agree, please vote here:
In the absence of such things, how does one learn the most recent versions of these technologies if one does not currently use it in the workplace / have access to install media via an Enterprise License Agreement?
With ArcGIS Server / SDE certification programs in place, and presumably paid training that supports certification, wondering what the mechanism is for students to learn ArcGIS Server / SDE.
Vince, if this isn't the appropriate forum to ask such questions, please direct me to another.
First, I'd point out that "SDE" no longer exists. The certifications are for Enterprise Geodatabase Management, which is way more than ArcSDE.
Second, certification prerequisites include several years of professional experience -- this is not something that even the most dedicated hobbyist could achieve in under twenty years, so it cannot be effectively used as justification to lobby Esri to give away server software.
Third, generous software evaluation programs already exist for software evaluation by organizations (who would presumably have the means to afford server-class technology), so I doubt those who make the decisions on such things will be swayed to offer the same to individuals (who presumably wouldn't).