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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:23 PM

I am a primarily Linux user, though I do have a computer with Microsoft Windows installed on it, it is running Windows 95 and I can hardly determine this for myself (without going through the trouble of some major upgrades [or downgrades depending upon what you think of Windows 8], at least).

I have heard, however, that nothing beats Microsoft Visual Studio or Microsoft Visual Studio Express as an IDE from a variety of sources and am quite curious as to what's so great about them.

So, for those of you who use these IDEs and like them, what's so great about them? If you've used other environments, how do they compare?

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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:50 PM

For me - it's all about being a well oiled IDE that comes with an impressive array of perks (supported languages, modules, addins, templates, etc), but also the clarity from a well compiled works.

Though it's bigger than Eclipse I find it more intuitive to use, debug, an runs faster. It also (depending on the version) has excellent metrics for your code, excellent debugging, and works well with things like say MSSQL. TFS has come into it's own for being an excellent shared code repository so that's also another plus.

.. but as it is.. it's an IDE. Some people still swear by VI/M and that works for them..
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

The choice of IDE is dependent upon your chosen programming language(s), which you haven't mentioned.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

View Postandrewsw, on 27 April 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

The choice of IDE is dependent upon your chosen programming language(s), which you haven't mentioned.


I prefer C/Assembly, but the individuals I'm talking to primarily use C++.

I'd also like to note that I use Notepad++ and/or Sublime Text when I write my code and not a full-scale IDE, so my question is primarily one of academic curiosity.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:12 PM

Visual Studio is an excellent IDE, and I find it faster and more stable than others such as NetBeans.

You could download Visual Studio Express 2012 on Windows 8 for free and explore it.

I doubt that you could use it for C though(?) and the reputation of MS C++ is very poor.

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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:18 PM

I kinda prefer to just stick with Windows 95. I kinda prefer the legacy Windows. There's more tinkering involved with getting things to work right.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:33 PM

I have the same sentiments as people try to get me off DOS 6.2.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:52 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 27 April 2013 - 05:33 PM, said:

I have the same sentiments as people try to get me off DOS 6.2.


That's hardcore old school, man. Props.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

Moved to Software Development. Please note that Computer Science is really for theory-based topics (ie., algorithm proofs, number theory, digital logic, graph theory, combinatorics, etc.).
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:06 PM

Whats so great about it ?

Well if you have visual studio then you can do C++ C# F# and visual basic and visual basic.net all in one. How cool , this includes WPF application and Setup creation for your own company. Setup is so so easy with visual studio...

This is why it is the best plus its easy to CODE and DESIGN.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

VS2010 and VS2012 are pretty good IDEs. VS2005 and VS2008 were dogs which would randomly hang and crash if you were working on something sufficiently complex especially if you were using the Form designer and the used custom controls that happened to be in the same project that you are editing. Additionlly, they had poor integration with source control systems other than the ones offered by MS. If you are a C/C++ programmer, skip VS2010 and go straight to VS2012 because VS2010 lost Intellisense for C/C++. The workaround in VS2010 is to buy Visual Assist from Whole Tomato to get Intellisense back.
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Re: Microsoft Visual Studio (Express)

Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:40 PM

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I kinda prefer to just stick with Windows 95.


Of course none of the Modern Visual C/C++ compilers will likely work with Windows 95, you'll need to upgrade the operating system to something released in this century.

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