Thursday, April 5, 2007

Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio is Microsoft's flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms supported by Microsoft's .NET Framework (for all versions after 6). Supported platforms include Microsoft Windows servers and workstations, PocketPC, Smartphones, and World Wide Web browsers.
Visual Studio includes the following:
Visual Basic
Visual C++
Visual C#
Visual J#
Visual Web Developer
Some versions include a developer edition of Microsoft SQL Server.
In the past, the following products were included:
Visual InterDev, a web page development application used for modifying Active Server Pages as well as HTML and other web scripting files.
Visual J++, a Java development tool.
Visual FoxPro, an xBase programming language now allied to but independent from the Visual Studio platform.
1 History
1.1 Visual Studio 97
1.2 Visual Studio 6.0
1.3 Visual Studio .NET (2002)
1.4 Visual Studio .NET 2003
1.5 Visual Studio 2005
2 Visual Studio Tools for Applications
3 Future development
4 Extensibility
5 Deployment
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

[edit] History

[edit] Visual Studio 97
Microsoft first released Visual Studio in 1997, bundling together many of its programming tools for the first time. Visual Studio 97 was released in two editions, Professional and Enterprise. It included Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual C++ 5.0, primarily for Windows programming; Visual J++ 1.1 for Java and Windows programming; and Visual FoxPro 5.0 for xBase programming. It introduced Visual InterDev for creating dynamically generated web sites using Active Server Pages. A snapshot of the Microsoft Developer Network library was also included.
Visual Studio 97 was Microsoft's first attempt at using the same development environment for multiple languages. Visual C++, Visual J++, InterDev, and the MSDN Library all used one environment, called Developer Studio. Visual Basic and Visual FoxPro used separate environments.

[edit] Visual Studio 6.0
The next version, version 6.0, was released in 1998. The version numbers of all of its constituent parts also moved to 6.0, including Visual J++ which jumped from 1.1, and Visual InterDev which was at 1.0. This version was the basis of Microsoft's development system for the next four years, as Microsoft transitioned their development focus to the .NET Framework.
Visual Studio 6.0 was the last version to include Visual Basic as most of its programmers knew it; subsequent versions would include a quite different version of the language based on .NET. It was also the last version to include Visual J++, which included deeper ties to Windows and proprietary extensions to the Java language that were incompatible with Sun's version. This caused Sun to sue Microsoft. As part of the settlement, Microsoft would no longer sell programming tools that targeted the Java Virtual Machine.
Although Microsoft's long-term goal was to unify its tools under one environment, this version actually had one more environment than VS 97. Visual J++ and Visual InterDev broke away from the Visual C++ environment, while Visual Basic and Visual FoxPro maintained their separate tools.

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