vex programming kit

I just got my self a vex kit and was wondering how necessary the programing kit was or if there was an alternate I could use. So far I only have the basic starter kit but i plan on expanding it when I can.

The programming kit will be necessary if you wish to program. While you may not need to use easyC (though I HIGHLY suggest it), you will need the cable that is in the kit. Remember, if you wish to use any of the sensors, you will have to program the RC using the cable from the kit.