Does Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition (Academic) come with SQL Server 2008 developer edition? (VS 2008 came with ss 2005)
If it does not, you can get SQL 2008 Developer at the given link, and use it for testing and development.
SQL Server 2008 Developer includes all of the functionality of Enterprise Edition, but is licensed only for development, test, and demo use. The license for SQL Server 2008 Developer entitles one developer to use the software on as many systems as necessary.
I believe that all versions of Visual Studio from Express upwards come with the option to install SQL Server Express. However, in addition (or instead of) You can install whatever version you want.