Microsoft Visual Studio is an IDE for the .NET family of languages.

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Are there deals (free or low cost) to license Visual Studio for open-source developers? [closed]

I have several open-source projects, but I no longer have a license for Visual Studio. I heard that Resharper has some kind of deal for open-source project contributors. Is there something similar ...
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Solution organisation

I have been working on asp.net applications for 6 years but almost all of it has been extending and maintaining existing applications. I now have the need to develop a new application and I am ...
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Noobie wants to use source control, how would you guide them?

Let's say you know of an anonymous noobie that wants to be lead upon the path of righteousness. This noobie wants to use some sort of source control tools simply for the experience of using source ...
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What features/changes would you most like to see in Visual Studio 2012? [closed]

Or at least the "next version". There are some very interesting, grand ideas out there, threatening to revolutionise the way we code. Equally, there is likely a whole flurry of little improvements ...
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Is “VS Lightswitch” the “Oracle APEX” from Microsoft?

What do you think? Is "Visual Studio Lightswitch" becoming the "Oracle APEX" for SQL Server in the futrure? Are these two technologies comparable?
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Why would you use built-in WebDev instead of local IIS

Since starting developing ASP.NET projects I find myself familiar just touching F5 for debugging. I think most of us are learned that way? From then and much later I learned to live with the spooky ...
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what info do wcf/.net developers need when joining a new project?

I'm a technical writer tasked to document a rather complex WPF/WCF .net application for a governmental agency. I'm not sure where to start and would like some suggestions from .net developers about ...
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Can I turn off Visual Studio white space at bottom of code files?

In any open file within Visual Studio, there is the ability to scroll all of the code out of sight". In other words, there is heaps of white space below the code lines that one can scroll to. This to ...
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Looking for suggestions on where to purchase vs.net 2010 from? which edition? [closed]

I need to purchase vs.net 2010 so I can use all the new features and entity framework. ANy suggestions on which edition I should get? Where is a good place to buy it on the cheap?
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Is the rule of 10% code is comments still valid?

I've used some older languages before C# and I always felt the need to comment what I was doing so it is clear for anyone who reads the code. But now that I use C# decently, I often feel that it's a ...
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How to use external file comparer in MS TFS

I don't like ms diff that integrated into Visual Studio 2008 TFS Edition. Is it possible to change this file comparer to external one (Beyond Compare, for example)?
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Is there any plugin for better viewing of exceptions?

I don’t think that I’m the only one that thinks that Visual Studio exception window is very poor. Trace information lacking formatting and is hardly readable. Is there any plugin or external tool ...
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Why doesn't my IDE do background compiling/building?

Today I develop on a fairly complex computer, it has multiple cores, SSD drives and what not. Still, most of the time I'm programming the computer is leasurely doing nothing. When I need to compile ...
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Visual Studio Notepad++ Sync Color Schemes

Is there an easy way to sync the color scheme/theme between visual studio 2008/2010 and notepad++? I would like to have it so that I could point visual studio and notepad++ to the same document and ...
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How does NUnit for C# compare with Unit Test facility integrated with Visual Studio

I need to work in a team to develop a mid scale Desktop application developed using C# .NET. Prior to this, I have not applied Unit Testing and Test Driven Development. I am aware that there exists ...
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Is Visual Studio just an IDE?

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, ...
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What keymap do you prefer in ReSharper?

I am using ReSharper since version 3 and I always used InteliJ Idea/Resharper 2.x keymap schema. Recently I have learned Ilya's Visual Studio keymap. They each have advantages. What keymap do you ...