Visual Studio NET

Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is the development environment that you will use to develop and maintain Visual Basic .NET applications. You will also use it to run the upgrade wizard that will convert your Visual Basic 6.0 projects to Visual Basic .NET projects.

Visual Studio .NET is an advanced integrated-development environment that has many new and improved features that were not available in Visual Studio 6.0, as well as most of the features that you are used to.

You can build applications for multiple languages and platforms within the same IDE and even within the same workspace or solution. You can build applications in Visual C++, Visual Basic .NET, Visual C#, and Visual J# for desktops, servers, the Web, and mobile devices. There are also great new features that ease deployment such as built-in Windows Installer technology for both Windows and Web deployment. Maintenance has never been easier with features, such as side-by-side application execution that cuts down on, or even eliminates, DLL versioning issues.

Another big addition to this version of Visual Studio is the support for Web services. Creating a Web service requires only a little more effort than any other class in Visual Basic .NET. The advanced support for deploying and debugging Web services allows you to focus your efforts where they are most valuable: on building your application.

A feature that is not available in Visual Studio .NET is Edit and Continue. This feature allowed you to modify code in the debugger as you continue to run the application with the new code without having to restart the application. This feature is very helpful in Visual Basic 6.0 because you can efficiently make small changes to code during debugging. This feature will be added to a future version of Visual Studio.

For more information about Visual Studio, see the Microsoft Visual Studio Developer Center on MSDN.

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