Here is the situation.
I work heavily with SharePoint 2016 at work as a low code / no code SharePoint Analyst / Admin. all of our SP Team Sites are on our server farms and not in the cloud. I have a deep desire to learn more but can't.
Users like myself are not allowed to use SP Designer, Visual Studio, MS Access Services or any other platform that goes outside governance.
We use third party forms and workflow designers like Nintex and K2.5.
I feel stifled in that I am not able to advance my learning capacity and career. So, with that said, I have a deep desire to try and learn at home. I have installed the latest version of Visual Studio "Experimental Instance" and there are many free online resources to learn connected programming languages like ASP.NET, VB.NET and C#, to name a few.
Believe it or not I actually worked heavily with VB and VBScript and the first versions of ASP back in the day but not .net.
So, my question... finally is what can I do to set up my home PC to learn .NET and can I download SP Designer and leverage that? I want to learn!!!