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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

48
votes
3answers
119k views

Visual Studio 2012 - Express vs Professional [closed]

I'm having trouble finding a feature comparison between Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition and the professional edition. I'm using the trial Professional version at the moment, but it'll run out soon, ...
27
votes
4answers
66k views

Does Microsoft have a free version of Visual Studio? [closed]

Not a trial, but a truly free version that they offer users to download.... I was wondering in case I somehow missed the option on their website. Any version of Visual Studio will do. If not, are ...
27
votes
14answers
2k views

Newbie seeking advice on programming in general [closed]

need some of you to remember back to a time when you might have been bad at programming... Been at my new job (as a software developer) for a couple of months now, passed probation period. Have very ...
22
votes
10answers
3k views

How do you avoid working on the wrong branch?

Being careful is usually enough to prevent problems, but sometimes I need to double check the branch I'm working on (e.g. "hmm... I'm in the dev branch, right?") by checking the source control path of ...
19
votes
5answers
10k views

Why would anyone invest time in Microsoft “Roslyn”?

I have just been reading through some of the white papers & examples from Microsoft "Roslyn" and the concept seems very interesting. From what I can tell, it opens up the black box that is the ...
18
votes
3answers
1k views

Moving away from .Net to Ruby and coping without intellisense [closed]

I am in the process of trying to learn Ruby, however after spending nearly 10 years in the MS stack I am struggling to get by without intellisense. I've given RubyMine a try which does help however ...
15
votes
10answers
3k views

Declaring interface in the same file as the base class, is it a good practice?

To be interchangable and testable, normally services with logic needs to have interface, e.g. public class FooService: IFooService { ... } Design-wise, I agree with this, but one of the things ...
14
votes
10answers
1k views

Is there any evidence that Intellisense reduces productivity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should newbies use IDE autocomplete (Intellisense)? I was having a conversation with another developer the other night about the pros and cons of Visual Studio. He was ...
14
votes
6answers
1k views

Should a developer be allowed to use VSS if he prefers it?

I introduced Mercurial to my department. I love it, but it is my first version control experience. I am using it with NetBeans PHP for web development. Another developer who works on internal company ...
12
votes
7answers
12k views

Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools? [closed]

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
12
votes
6answers
1k views

What features in Eclipse is not available in Visual Studio? [closed]

I have done much development in Java using Eclipse, and now I have started to use Visual Studio for .NET development. So far I find the IDEs to be able to do the same things, but just different. What ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
903 views

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, ...
11
votes
4answers
7k views

How to properly structure a project in winform?

A while ago I started to create a winform application and at that time it was small and I did not give any thought of how to structure the project. Since then I added additional features as I needed ...
10
votes
15answers
840 views

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 ...
10
votes
8answers
2k views

Good practice on Visual Studio Solutions [closed]

Hopefully a relativity simple question. I'm starting work on a new internal project to create tractability of repaired devices within the buildings. The database is stored remotely on a webserver, ...
10
votes
4answers
745 views

How can I be most productive in Visual Studio when limited to small screen space?

I'm a student, and I do a lot of code on a small (12.5", 1366x768) laptop screen that I carry from class to class. Most programming environments are designed with the idea that someone has large ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Are there any benefits to removing unused using statements in a VS project?

Are there any benefits to removing unused using statements in a VS project (such as can be done using Resharper), or will VS automatically take care of that when building/deploying?
9
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
6k views

Is Resharper still a significant improvement for Visual Studio 2012 [closed]

I currently use Resharper with VS 2008 Pro. I find it almost a necessity to be as productive as I can be due to lack of some of the basic refactors/shortcuts in VS. However I was wondering if since ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

Can I use Linux/Mono instead of Windows/Visual Studio without any problem?

I have more than 6 years of experience with .Net (C#/ASP.NET) and Visual Studio. But recently I'm tempted to switch to Linux/Mono. It comes up with some questions: Can I run my old Visual Studio ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
4k views

Visual Studio Setup - why is solution explorer on the right?

Every time I install VS (whichever version going back years) it installs with the Solution Explorer on the right. Now as most UIs have the navigation in a left hand column (and at the top of the ...
8
votes
7answers
1k views

What is the difference between a prototype and a production level solution?

This question is purely for learning and to step-up my technical understanding. I know there is no perfect solution and this question has possible never ending solution list but I think it's very ...
8
votes
3answers
326 views

Why is a lightning bolt used to represent events in IDEs? [closed]

I was just curious if anyone knew why the lightning bolt was selected to represent events in various IDEs? or when it was first used? From the top of my head the lightning bolt is used in visual ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Pair programming remotely with Visual Studio?

What tools exist to facilitate pair programming with Visual Studio when the programmers are not in the same physical location? At the moment we are thinking voice (Skype?) plus remote desktop (VNC? ...
7
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

In .NET (Visual Studio), when do you create a new assembly?

I'm working on a Silverlight application. I've split it up in several assemblies: Domain Repositories (everything with persisting to the Sterling database) UI ... This is how I've learned it, but ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Need help understanding Visual Studio Community Edition license

Recently Microsoft has released a free version of Visual Studio: Visual Studio Community Edition the license says IF YOU COMPLY WITH THESE LICENSE TERMS, YOU HAVE THE RIGHTS BELOW. ...
7
votes
4answers
996 views

How to get started with Github (for me)? [closed]

I registered myself in github a few days ago. Mainly for starting projects to share some of my ideas with others as well as get the source available from anywhere. This is my first open-contribution ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

What's the difference between ASP.NET Web Applications and Websites?

Currently, I am reading Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# and in it, two ways of creating a web application are described: Website Web Application Project In which scenarios should I choose the former over the ...
7
votes
5answers
823 views

Real world T4 usage

How many of you have ever used (or even know of) the Visual Studio Text Templating Engine? I mean, T4 templates have been around for quite some years now. The where initially included in Visual ...
6
votes
7answers
2k views

I can get visual studio for free through school, should I? [closed]

I am currently using dev++, I am a complete beginner, (Freshman CS major) learning C++. I can get one of the newest versions of visual studio (2008 or 2009 i think) for free through my school. Not ...
6
votes
6answers
458 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

What is Visual Studio Lightswitch and how does it differ from normal Visual Studio versions?

How is Visual Studio Lightswitch different from regular Visual Studio? In what sort of situations would you use this IDE over regular Visual Studio? I'm trying to decide if this is something that ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Do I need to Clean/Rebuild a project before Debugging/Publishing it in Visual Studio?

This is probably a stupid question, but do I need to Clean/Rebuild before Debugging or Publishing a Visual Studio project? I see other developers doing it all the time, and at some point I started ...
6
votes
4answers
7k views

Is there a downside to installing Visual Studio Ultimate if I don't need all the features?

Microsoft released today the final builds of Visual Studio 2012 on MSDN. I'm trying to decide from this version comparison page which edition to install (I can install any edition I want for free). ...
6
votes
1answer
265 views

Best way to contact Microsoft about accessibility in their developer tools?

I'm a totally blind programmer who would like to learn .net. It appears that the Visual Studio express additions are not accessible since the scripts that come with Jaws for Widnows, the screen ...
6
votes
2answers
382 views

Is it safe to download VS11/.NET4.5 beta and still deploy to servers with .NET 4.0?

I've been wanting to try out VS2011 and .NET 4.5 beta, but the upgrade path is confusing at best. If I understand what I've read, the .NET 4.5 framework overwrites the .NET 4.0 libraries on your local ...
5
votes
5answers
2k views

Boss wants to convert all developers to virtualized desktops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thoughts on Development using Virtual Machines My boss has been singing the praises of leveraging virtualized desktops for all our developers in the company - about 100 ...
5
votes
4answers
458 views

Visual Studio versions and Team Etiquette

I have a project on CodePlex that I have opened to basically anyone to join and help out on. I am mostly an enthusiast coder, although I have done some programming work as part of my job it has always ...
5
votes
4answers
968 views

Should I avoid SharePoint Development in Visual Studio?

Not long ago I started an internship at a company that supplies SharePoint consultancy, hosting and development. While their consultancy seems to be pretty good and solid, I feel their development ...
5
votes
2answers
125 views

How to structure many projects that can be versioned and deployed separately

My team is in a situation where we need to create about 30 different processors. By processors I mean code that takes data from a DB and sends it to a remote service somewhere else in the world. They ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

Multiple applications in a single Visual Studio solution

I am doing work for a company that is wanting to put all their .Net applications (web applications, Windows applications and console applications) together in a single Visual Studio solution. I am ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

Recommendations on running Visual Studio inside a VMWare VDI environment?

Does anyone have experience running Visual Studio inside a VDI environment? Would you recommend it? Would you advise against it? Our Background Our department is one of the few in the ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

Is Visual Studio Express suitable for commercial application development?

If I were to develop a Silverlight game and publish it to a site where you can play it for free is the use considered to be commercial or personal? What about if the site has adverts on, is it then ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Define which tests are run after build in Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 has a new feature where it automatically runs your unit tests after every build. I would like to use this feature, but I have a number of tests that should not be run after every ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

In Visual Studio 2010, which is better to use: VS Installer or the InstallShield LE?

I built a VS Installer project in Visual Studio 2008. I see in VS 2010 they have InstallShield LE available as an alternative. I used InstallShield long ago as part of Borland Delphi, but haven't ...
5
votes
1answer
120 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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?