Double Text is a repeat text writer that works with virtually any scripting and programming language. I use the program extensively to store, document and repeat code snippets for all of the programming languages in which I work. I find that it is to my advantage, therefore, to have this repeat text writer readily available to me regardless of where I am working in the Microsoft Visual Studio software development environment. With the program on the Visual Studio Tools menu, I do not have to bother with the Windows Start menu, or with getting back to my desktop to start the program. [Read more…]
Which is the Better Choice? Dreamweaver VS Visual Studio
When talking about web site creation, the two programs that stand out are Adobe’s Dreamweaver and Microsoft’s Visual Studio and someone ever will ask which one is the better program for what they need. The obvious issue that comes to mind before even opening the box is that Visual Studio is a Microsoft creation. [Read more…]
Microsoft Visual Studio is a complete set of tools for developing Web applications including Visual Basic, Visual C ++, Visual C #, JScript, Visual Web Developer, and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. The Visual Studio Team Foundation System is an integrated software development platform which helps teams of software developers to improve their collaboration and communication throughout the entire process of software development. Its main purpose is to enable team cooperation to make it simpler to build a new product or to complete an ongoing project. [Read more…]
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server is the Way to Go For State-of-the-Art Project Tracking
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server is Microsoft’s package for project tracking, source control, and data collection and reporting. It is specially designed for software development projects in which there are many collaborating developers, even when these are located around the world. The basic unit in Team Foundation Server is the work item, which represents an individual unit of work which must be completed. A work item consists of fields which define e.g. Area, Assignee, Iteration, Reported By, file attachments and history, and many other possible variables. [Read more…]
The recent versions of Visual Studio are – in chronological order – 2005, 2008 and 2010. You can download VS Express free of charge from the Microsoft website, but this article only accounts the paid-for applications. As far as we're aware, there is virtually no difference between the free and paid-for versions at the developer level.
Reasons to Choose VS 2005 (or higher)
Visual Studio has not really changed in functionality since VS 2005. All of the familiar windows have not changed: Solution Explorer, toolbox, etc, and the coding and development environment would look familiar to any user of VS 2008 or 2010. So if you already have a license to use VS 2005 and do not spend too much time developing applications, stick with VS 2005.
Reasons to Choose VS 2008 (or higher)
Notwithstanding the comments above, there are two very good reasons to upgrade to Visual Studio 2008. The first one is that that includes support for the LINQ database language and for AJAX, so if you use either of these development tools you'll need to upgrade to at least VS 2008. The second reason to upgrade is that VS 2008 includes much better autocompletion, which makes a big difference if you spend most of your working hours coding.
Here's how it works. Supposing you have declared a variable called myShinyVariable and you want to assign a value to it. In VS 2005 you would have to press CTRL + SPACEBAR to bring up the name of the variable in Intellisense. In VS 2008 and above, just start typing myS and the variable name will automatically appear. This feature gets addictive!
Reasons to Choose VS 2010
Although Visual Studio 2010 contains a lot of nice features for the serious developer, we do not think the average person will benefit too much from the upgrade. The one unmissable feature is that – at last – you can now zoom in and out by holding down the CTRL key and rotating a mouse wheel.
There is one reason NOT to upgrade. In VS 2010, when you click on any variable, property, method, object or whatever, Visual Studio will highlight all instances of it through your code. Although this should be a good feature, we find it irritating (and will turn it off when we find out how).
If you're just buying Visual Studio for the first time, it makes sense to go for the latest version; however, if you're stuck with version 2008, you're not missing a great deal. Visual Studio 2005 programmers should upgrade if they want to use AJAX within their websites or if they want to speed up their typing.