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April 11, 2020updated 19 Oct 2022 9:56am

What is Visual Studio?

Visual Studio is an easy way to develop programs on Windows.

By James Nunns

Created by Microsoft, Visual Studio is an integrated development environment that is used to develop computer programs for Windows.

The software can also be used for developing websites, web applications, and web services. The IT sector uses Microsoft software development platforms such as Windows API, Windows Forms, Windows Store, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Microsoft Silverlight.

Microsoft Visual Studio

What does Visual Studio include?

Including a code editor that supports IntelliSense, Visual Studio is written in C++ and C# and offers an integrated debugger that works both as a source-level debugger and a machine-level debugger.

Other built-in tools include a forms designer for building GUI applications, web designer, class designer, and database schema designer.

The software supports multiple different ways of programming with built-in languages such as VB.Net and support for other languages such as Python, Ruby, Node.js, and M.

Recent iterations of the program have allowed for integration with GitHub and Microsoft’s own Azure cloud computing service.

Before Visual Studio 2015 came out, commercial versions of it were available for free to students via Microsoft’s DreamSpark program.

What companies use Visual Studio?

According to Featured Customers, clients of the software include Shell, British Airways, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Colombia Sportswear.

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Customers favour the product because of its smooth interface, its powerful integrated debugger and its ability to facilitate collaboration using the built-in live share module.

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