Introducing Visual Studio

  • Patrick Desjardins


Visual Studio (VS) has been the single Microsoft Integrated Development Environment (IDE) since its release in 1995. Previously, Microsoft Visual Basic, Visual C++ and Visual FoxPro were three different software formats. Between 1995 and 1998, Microsoft released three versions of Visual Studio. In particular, Visual Studio 6.0 was one of the most popular development tools of its time, for four years until Microsoft announced its new orientation with the .NET Framework in 2002. VS 6.0 is the first version that has more than one edition. Further versions rapidly appeared, with a version in 2003, followed by 2005 with .NET Framework 2.0. Three years later the 2008 version came out, then 2010, 2012, and finally 2013. The latest editions offer more tools and features to improve developer capabilities.


Visual Studio Integrate Development Environment Code Snippet Professional Edition Code Editor 

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© Patrick Desjardins 2014

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  • Patrick Desjardins
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  1. 1.QuebecCanada

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