For Windows Development I mean.
Looking over other questions there are alternatives to VS, but they seem to be web based ones, which is fine, or you could program an entire .net website in notepad, should the urge drive you to.
But is there more to it than just an IDE for Windows Development? I.E. Is it possible for me to create an application in just notepad, is the compiler part of Visual Studio, or is it separate, which could be called via command line or something?
I don't want to not use VS, I'm happy with it, does what I need etc etc, just more a facet I'm curious about.