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1. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition
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2. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition Upgrade
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3. Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard 2003
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Average Customer Review: 3.09 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Basic is a hugely popular programming language that is suitable for students and beginners as well as professional development. This is the .NET version, which is significantly different from older variants of Basic. It’s also the Standard edition, which is intended to be introductory. Professional developers should consider Visual Studio .NET 2003, which includes a more advanced version of Visual Basic as well as other languages. The full Visual Studio is needed for features like compiling code into libraries, or targeting the Compact Framework for mobile devices. Even so, this Standard edition is a capable package that includes all you need to build applications for both Windows and the Web.

Two things make Visual Basic .NET Standard 2003 easy to learn and use. One is the language itself, which is designed to be closer to natural English than others. The other is the array of tools and wizards that Microsoft provides, including a visual form designer for both Windows and Web projects. The web technology is called ASP.NET, and enables easy creation of web page that query and update databases, although note that a Windows web server running .NET is required. The programming environment is slick, with convenient features like docking and tabbed windows, project wizards, auto-completion and pop-up help in the code editor. The .NET version of Visual Basic benefits from full object-orientation and a rich class library. It also supports advanced features like multi-threading, which is a way of writing code to do background tasks.

Whereas Visual Basic 6.0 and earlier version needed a small runtime library, this .NET edition requires the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. These factors, together with less than perfect code compatibility, have made some Visual Basic developers reluctant to switch. While that’s understandable, the .NET technology is now maturing and this release is probably the right moment to make the move. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft has a very deceptive website
For the money, I guess I can't complain. The standard edition is a fraction of the cost of the "full meal deal", but wish that MS wasn't so deceptive with their advertising. Microsoft's web page for VB.Net 2003 standard edtion displays all the features of the full blown version and none of the limitations that are in the standard version are listed. Given that, I would still buy it as this is my only choice. The one big limitation is that the standard edtion will not talk to a real SQL server data base. It will hook up to a MSDE database. I did discover that I can talk to an Access database that has tables linked to a SQL server database, so you can fake it, but I can't do Stored procs.
MS used to have a page that listed the differences between versions, but I can't find it now. I don't think you can develop mobile applications either.

Good luck

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy for the little guy
I bought VB.Net Standard 2003 shortly after having to learn VB for some advanced MS Access programming. What you basically get is the Visual Studio interface with just the VB.Net language functionality. You also get the MSDN library on 3 CDs which comes in handy. There are, however, limits to its functionality:

1) You don't get the Mobile device programming functionality that you get with full Visual Studio.

2) Windows XP Home Edition users: You won't be able to effectively design ASP.Net applications since Microsoft made XP Home incompatible with IIS. There's a couple ways around this, though: (1) there is an unsupported way to install IIS from a Windows 2000 CD- do a web search to find instructions, or (2) download the free WebMatrix from ASP.Net; a very cool and handy program that has it's own little server.

3) Compiling DLLs is not supported in VB.Net Standard. Although I suspect it's possible to program your own compiler, how to do it is still beyond my abilities.

4) There are SQL limitations as well. From what I've read, I think there are limits when using anything more complicated than MSDE or using remote servers.

5) Also, remember how easy it was to draw graphic lines in the VB6 interface? Well those days are definitely over- you had to become a real programmer sometime.

But if you want to learn and program simple executables, this is definitely the way to go. And being able to program ASP.Net websites using VB.Net code from my applications is way-cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual
This was great, I got it for a really good deal from one of the Amazon Sellers and I learned alot from it

2-0 out of 5 stars Great marketing - short on delivery
Microsoft has once again succeeded in making a fairly uncomplicated programming enviroment, COMPLICATED. That is not, however, my problem with VB .NET, because after all, if you read up, you will quickly adjust to the platform. My problem is that if you don't buy Visual Studio, you will simply not have the tools to build advanced applications. As usual, if you want a robust MS product, get ready to shell out a weeks worth of pay.

5-0 out of 5 stars For $100, you can't beat it.
If you you are not flush with cash, but want to get the nack of the .Net world, then this is for you.

It is NOT intended for serious production. You CAN NOT talk to a database off your machine (unless you know how to link Access to a SQL Server, then you can).

You can learn how to use WinForms and WebForms, i.e. client-server and WEB apps, talking to a database on your development machine. The MSDE (Microsoft Data Engine) is the heart of the SQL Server 2000 database engine.

If you want to see if programming is for you or get an inexpensive look at the JAVA killer, this is the ticket. ... Read more


4. Microsoft Visual Basic Professional 6.0 with Plus Pack
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Asin: B00002S7HR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3193
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 is the single fastest way to developapplications for any of the modern Microsoft Windows environments, period. Thisis the world's best-known Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment, quitestable at this point in its long career. By making extensive use ofdrag-and-drop component assembly, boilerplate wizards, form-based graphical userinterface (GUI) design, and dozens of less obvious laborsaving features, thisIntegrated Development Environment (IDE) is almost certainly the fastest way toget your custom Windows software off the design team's whiteboard and intooperation.

True, you can use C++ (written in Microsoft Visual C++ or some otherenvironment) to write programs that execute faster. You can use Visual J++ or aJava IDE if you like that style of object-oriented programming. But there'slittle debate that Visual Basic offers the best balance of feature richness,ease of use, and performance. Furthermore, if you have a bit of familiarity withfundamental programming concepts (you know something about control structures,have a handle on data structures, and have some idea of what object orientationis all about), you'll find that Visual Basic has a relatively flat learningcurve. It rewards experimentation, and plenty of fine documentation exists.

Visual Basic supports all of Microsoft's solutions for database access,distributed computing, componentized software, and half a dozen other majorsoftware applications. You can use Visual Basic to write Component Object Model(COM) objects, ActiveX Controls, ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) for database access,and WebClasses to provide customized responses to events that occur during Websessions. The professional edition supplements the standard Visual Basicfeatures with visual tools for creating database schema on Oracle and MicrosoftSQL Server databases. The Professional Edition also integrates with MicrosoftVisual SourceSafe and the rest of Microsoft's tools for development of softwareby teams. --David Wall ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best second programming language to learn
If you are getting into programming, I would absolutely recommend Visual Basic be the second language you learn. Before this, though, buy the book "SAMS Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours." You will learn a LOT from this book, and you will attain a mastery of the QBASIC programming language. QBASIC is the base of Visual Basic, so VB will come surprisingly easy to you. I'm going to be starting to learn C++ soon, and polish my JavaScript soon after. How old am I? Why, I just turned 14. (I told you this was easy!) With VB6, you will be making professional-looking Windows applications in no time!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great MS Developmental tool
This is a great tool! I have use it with numberous MS office apps, created games, software from Db and Dna 2k utilization. Going from Quick Basic to VB3 to VB5. VB6 has the better libray and the ultilization of COM+ and DirectX the horizon is virtually endless.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for end-user interface but not much else
VB is probably the best language Microsoft has spit up so far. This latest edition adds some nice features for doing tasks with minimal thought. It's really worthless for trying to do anything beyond simple programs(Meaning not much code) created using pre-done libraries and controls(*.OCX). But that's what's so nice about it. Let's say you developed foo program for bar OS (Foo and Bar are standard variables used commonly in programming groups), and wanted to bring it over to windows, making all of foo's features excessible through GUI. Simple enough, just copy the source not associated with bar's GUI and compile it into a DLL or OCX then use VB to associate methods and with the Windows GUI. Very handy especially when doing cross platform development. The main reason it lost points with me is due to the price...truly insane! I could see even $100 being tolerable but $500 is ludicrous, but I guess this price just reminds us that Micro$oft is behind this, otherwise decent, tool.

Note: Any kiddies out their wanting to learn a language, DON'T start with this(Try Perl instead). It teaches terrible habits that are hard to grow out of, making it difficult to learn other languages, and will get you reamed by your college professors. The major things are:

1)Everything is shown while typeing. So typing in "foobar." shows everything associated with foobar.

2)Case errors are automatically corrected.

3)Variable types are too easy to work with. There are very few real languages that let you call a 'variant' type (Although Perl handles most of it's types of variables in a similar manner).

Hope this helped anyone considering spending the $500.

5-0 out of 5 stars No need to compare VC++ wiyh VB
Which Development tool should I use it is purely based on you requrirements. For Ex:If I need to write Lotus API or Device Drivers or some communication programs or DLLS we dont have many choices only thing is VC++/C++. VB can't do all these things. VB is a very good development tool to develop application very fast. In my view VC++ is a great tool which has reduced lots of my time in developing better software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Used By More Developers Worldwide Than Any Other Language
Basic has been maligned by developers for many years, and in the early days it deserved it.

However in version Visual Basic 6.0, Microsoft's has created a very capable platform for building robust and mission critical enterprise level software systems. Not only is Visual Basic relatively easy to learn when compared to C++, Java, Perl, etc, you create serious software with Visual Basic.

What's more, Visual Basic has spawned a *huge* third party market for software components that can greatly reduce the time it takes to build software. How do I know? In 1994 I founded VBxtras, "The #1 Source of Tools for Visual Basic Developer's Worldwide."...

With its ease of learning, its robust architecture, and its tremendous number of available third party components, you can easily see why Visual Basic is one of *the* best choices for building software solutions in the new millennia. ... Read more


5. REALbasic 5.5
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Publisher: Real Software
Sales Rank: 1914
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Features

  • Modern, object-oriented form of BASIC, similar to Visual Basic
  • Create games, utilities, business applications, and more
  • Fast way to learn programming; visual drag-and-drop process
  • Rich set of user-interface controls; easy to learn, fun to use
  • Can be upgraded to REALbasic Professional

6. Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 6.0 Upgrade with Plus Pack

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Sales Rank: 4787
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Rapidly build business solutions using Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, the complete enterprise development tool suite. Winner of the PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award, as well as the PC Computing MVP Award, Visual Studio allows you to build scalable applications for Windows and the Web that easily integrate with existing systems.The Visual Studio 6.0 development suite sets the standard for developer productivity and comprehensive design support with integrated features across all the popular languages. Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition includes the complete set of development tools for building reusable applications in Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual J++ 6.0, or Visual FoxPro 6.0. Visual InterDev 6.0 provides easy integration with the Internet and a full Web-page authoring environment.In addition, Visual Studio Enterprise Edition adds extensive support for large systems and distributed applications. It offers additional features, including enterprise database development and design tools, team development support, development life cycle support, and development and test versions of the Microsoft BackOffice family of application servers.To take advantage of the latest capabilities for developing Windows 2000 and mobile computing applications, Visual Studio 6.0 now includes the Windows 2000 Developer's Readiness Kit and the freely redistributable SQL Server 7.0 compatible Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) for mobile applications. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you already own the Professional or Commercial version...
While the Visual Studio Professional 6.0 product allows for the development and distribution of powerful front-end single and multi-user applications, particularly with Visual FoxPro and Visual Basic, developers will soon discover that having their own SQL Server (a limited user version is included with the Enterprise edition) is an absolute must! NT Server is a must also, as well highly recommending NT Workstation rather than 95/98, as your development platform. ... Read more


7. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional
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Sales Rank: 3484
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping tasks, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints.

The common runtime is language-neutral so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa. Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions, but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is similar to earlier versions and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

Visual Studio .NET has two distinct form designers. Windows Forms are for traditional Windows applications, but managed by the common runtime. Web Forms are ASP.NET pages, which means they run on Web servers and work over the Internet. Microsoft has made designing and coding Windows Forms and Web Forms as similar as possible so that both types of applications can share components and much of the complexity of coding Web applications is kept hidden. Another key feature is Web services, which lets developers create an XML interface for an application so that it can be called across the Web or from any platform or language. XML support generally is strong, with a range of classes for parsing and transforming XML data. There is also a visual designer for XML Schema.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is that, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning due to radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Leap Forward
My apologies to Chairman Mao, but I've been using the beta version of VS.Net for several weeks now, and its advances are impressive. For VB programmers, there is a new, fully object-oriented version of the language that stands on an equal footing with C. For C++ programmers, there is C#, which combines the power of C with the RAD features of VB. It really is possible to knock out a Windows application in a morning! Finally, for Java programmers who are a bit frustrated with the quirks of that language, C# is a Java clone that is easy to learn, that has most of the power that Java left out, and that has a really spectacular IDE. I haven't raved about anything since VB3, but I'm raving about this.

4-0 out of 5 stars .NET - .GET
This studio is leagues beyond the last. Microsoft is easing the burden of developers by simplifying distributed application development using .NET. Sure, for instance, you can go in and manually write the low level COM interface connectors if you prefer to have the "stick shift" control and specific performance attributes etc., or you can rely on the built in functionality of .NET and speed the development process.

It seems that with this platform there is a bit of a learning curve even for the most experienced developers because of the great differences. But the online help is dynamic and useful when you get stuck on something.

Visual Basic is not Visual Basic now. They seemed to have completely renovated the way VB works.

The Common language Runtime (CLR) makes it possible to create solutions by interweaving any of the languages included with the studio. I believe there is a way to import 3rd party or future MS designed languages as well. So if one language is better at a specific task, then you can switch to it.

The integrated development environment (IDE) is meant to maximize developer productivity. In using it, I haven't experienced the contrary. I must mention that I do like the flexibility of working on web applications in .NET. You can use a grid layout like a form builder, or the flow layout like a web page editor.

I noticed a couple of funny things so far, but not worth mentioning. It takes some getting used to, but this is certainly worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally... a real IDE for Web developers!
Been using VS.NET since beta 2, and the final version is everything I've ever wanted. I was a former ASP script kiddie, but because of the outstanding object-oriented VB.NET, and even better C#, I can now code Web apps like a "real" developer. I can see Windows programmers asking, "Wait, you mean it wasn't always done that way?"

There are some minor annoyances, like the fact that VS.NET won't use Intellisense when you write code right on an ASP.NET page (come on MS, a code-behind file isn't necessary for three lines of code). It's also not terribly idiot-proof setting up remote debugging.

The greatest thing to me is that SQL Server's Enterprise manager is, in a matter of speaking, integrated into the environment, so you're not alt-tabing to see what the heck your DB looks like.

If you hate the state of Web development, you need this.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST IDE Out There
Absolutely fantastic - best programming experience out of anything else I've used. Surely beats the pants of any java IDE.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pure C/C++ programmers will see a mediocre improvement
If you do pure C/C++ programming without COM, VB or C#, you won't see much of an improvement. Code profiling for performance measurements is gone, which was available in MSVC 6 (Microsoft Visual C++ 6). So if you get this software, you should get something like Rational Quantify for performance testing.

C# and .NET are the biggest additions to this environment over previous versions.

Our development environment went through a few upgrade pains. The VS .NET 2003 version fixed many usability problems found in VS .NET 2002. The UI is much better than MSVC 6.0. As with most compiler upgrades, certain C/C++ language features changed, which took us a little time to resolve (e.g. , __FILE__ and a few other things). I recommend a phase in approach when migrating to this new environment. Don't jump into this environment.

If you want to do real C/C++ programming, you need at least the professional edition. The Visual C++ .NET 2003 Standard edition doesn't do optimization, but the professional environment does do optimization. Sadly, you can't get just the C/C++ compiler. Fortunately, there are more optimization options in this compiler, and it has buffer security checks, which I have found useful a couple of times.

The HTML editor doesn't create 100% valid strict HTML 4.01, but it's a better HTML editor than MSVC 6. It also makes it easier to edit basic CSS.

I haven't used all of the nifty features of this environment, but it's a decent improvement over MSVC 6. It's way better than MetroWerks CodeWarrior 5, at least with regards to price (current CodeWarrior version is 8.0, but 5.0 had some stability issues when I used it). I can't compare it very well to Eclipse, since I haven't used it that often (I like Eclipse, which is freely available at http://www.eclipse.org/). CygWin is a little difficult to use at times, but the price is right (free).

Overall I recommend Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional. If you're a casual C/C++ programmer, look elsewhere. This will probably be too pricey for you. If you're a professional programmer, you should consider getting this software. If you're a professional Windows programmer, you need this software because this is the future of Windows programming. ... Read more


8. REALbasic 5.5 Pro (Mac)
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0001IQN7U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Real Software
Sales Rank: 9847
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Features

  • The leading RAD tool for Macintosh
  • A modern, object-oriented form of BASIC
  • Create native applications for Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Full support for Mac OS X technology
  • Includes Visual Basic conversion tool

9. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Professional Upgrade
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B00005RV50
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3307
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping tasks, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints.

The common runtime is language-neutral so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa. Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions, but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is similar to earlier versions and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

Visual Studio .NET has two distinct form designers. Windows Forms are for traditional Windows applications, but managed by the common runtime. Web Forms are ASP.NET pages, which means they run on Web servers and work over the Internet. Microsoft has made designing and coding Windows Forms and Web Forms as similar as possible so that both types of applications can share components and much of the complexity of coding Web applications is kept hidden. Another key feature is Web services, which lets developers create an XML interface for an application so that it can be called across the Web or from any platform or language. XML support generally is strong, with a range of classes for parsing and transforming XML data. There is also a visual designer for XML Schema.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is that, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning due to radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as eclipse
Up until a year ago I think I would have been praising Microsoft for yet another great product...then IBM release eclipse 2.0, and everything changed. Eclipse has an amazingly solid interface, great version control integration, and incredible ease of use. And... oh by the way, tons of features you don't find in VS.NET, like code formatting/ beautifying (no I'm not talking about changing the font), easy file manipulations, *real* pre-compile time code checking, and did I mention it was free and can be run in both Windows and Linux? Ahh... so you say I'm not a java programmer, eclipse is useless to me....WRONG!!! A Project is already underway to add .NET support, specifically C#.

Head to head eclipse is hands down the clear winner, but hey I suggest you draw your own opinions. Download eclipse and see for yourself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Software ad description misinterpeted
Dealing with Cheepmac is pretty risky
When I received the software package, it is an upgrade for Microsoft Visual Studio.net 2002 and not Visual Studio 6.0 as the ad claimed.
I have sent a number (5 to 8) emails from work and home to Cheepmac@yahoo.com in regards to this problem and trying to get shipping information to return this item. I sent these emails within the 7 days of receiving the order.
I have never received an email from Cheepmac@yahoo.com for return instructions.
I contacted Microsoft on the phone and they said that this upgrade had been discontinued a long time ago and clearly states on the package what the requirements were and it looked as if Cheepmac took me to the cleaners.
I do not know why Cheepmac will not contact me back.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for web, weak on native C++
This edition of Visual Studio is geared heavily towards web and .NET development. If you're still a native C++ programmer, the interface is going to feel clunky and project management (adding / removing configurations, the build process) can be a nightmare. The debugger is great, the compiler has improved, and the new runtime code checks are fantastic. They just need to work on the UI for non-.NET developers.

5-0 out of 5 stars MS shoots and scores
I've been using VS.NET for about 4 months now, and everyday I get more excited about it capabilities. I'm an experienced VB5/6 programmer and VB.NET is a whole new level. The OO features are welcomed and I've been waiting for them. VB development environment has always been the key to RAD in my mind. VS.NET takes that a step further and offers many new enhancements. The VB language is now very eligant and clean with loads a capability provided by the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework simplifies many methods I used to code by hand, and the extent of the base classes are sick!

I have to mention distribution also... I distributed some apps around the company on many machines without installing a single .NET component, just load the framework and you're going (unless you need a legacy COM component).

5-0 out of 5 stars Adios Java!
Finished a Java course a few months ago and thought, ok, as far as oop goes, Java is top notch, but boy, oh boy, do the IDE's out there for Java stink! Then I got a hold of VS.NET and started learning C#. Wow! What a killer combo! Even using C# with the free SharpDevelop is better than Java and the incredibly bad Forte. I'll admit JBuilder is pretty good, but no way does it compare to VS.NET. And yes folks, you WILL see .NET applications running on Unix, Linux and Mac very soon, so start learning now!! Gee, you think this might give Sun less to wine about? We'll see. :-) ... Read more


10. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 Upgrade
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Asin: B000089GKP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 7900
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is fully integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. New in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs. The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET, and uses a disconnected model that is ideal for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect 2003 is the top of the range. It’s the only version to include Visio, a drawing and modelling tool with integrated reverse-engineering and code-generation, though sadly not full round-tripping. There are also developer licenses for the key Microsoft server platforms, including Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000 Server, Biztalk Server and SQL Server 2000. Another key component is the Visual SourceSafe code management system, which is especially important for team development, Application Center Test, for stress-testing web applications, and Enterprise Templates which let architects design and deploy best practices for project development. For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. The deep XML support on offer is essential for many enterprise applications and enables integration with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Enterprise Architecht enables programmers to take full advantage of the .NET platform. Visual Studio.NET allows programmers to utilize the newer .NET framework 1.1, which contains enhancements in security and performance.
This version of Visual Studio includes: Visual Basic.NET 2003, Visual C++.NET 2003, Visual C#.NET 2003, and Visual J#.NET 2003. Having access to all of the .NET languages means that you have the ability to code in whichever language is most appropriate to your project.

A few language enhancements have also been included in this version. One of the most useful is the ability to declare a variable inside a loop using VB.NET 2003. For example:

For each var1 as string in varArray
'Do action
Next

Microsoft also bundles a handful of useful utilities with this package. These utilities will enable you to monitor your applications, benchmark web services, obfuscate your code, and much more.

.NET has a slightly different syntax than earlier versions of the languages (ie version 6), so if you are new to .NET a reference book would be handy.

Visual Studio.NET 2003 is worth the upgrade.

If you are a developer using several Microsoft technologies, a MSDN subscription is very helpful. MSDN Universal subscriptions include Visual Studio Enterprise Architect, developer licenses for all Microsoft operating systems, developer licenses for all Microsoft server systems, Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise edition, and more. MSDN subscribers have access to support via managed newsgroups and phone support. ... Read more


11. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003 Upgrade
list price: $1,059.99
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Asin: B000089GKR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6994
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is fully integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. New in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs. The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET, and uses a disconnected model that is ideal for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003 earns its name by including developer licenses for the key Microsoft server platforms, including Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000 Server and SQL Server 2000. Another key component is the Visual SourceSafe code management system, which is especially important for team development. There is also Application Center Test, for stress-testing web applications.

For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. The deep XML support on offer is essential for many enterprise applications and enables integration with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more


12. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2002 Upgrade
list price: $1,079.00
our price: $969.99
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Asin: B00005S811
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5643
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints. The common runtime is language-neutral, so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa.

Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is more similar to earlier versions, and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

The Enterprise Developer edition has source-code management with Visual SourceSafe, performance testing, and analysis tools. It also includes developer versions of many of Microsoft's server products, including SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, and the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system. These are licensed for development only, but even so, it is a rich range of products. Finally, there is the ability to use enterprise templates. New in Visual Studio .NET, these are sophisticated skeleton projects that assist organizations in maintaining consistent best practices. The twist is that, while Enterprise Developer can use these templates, it cannot create them. For that you need the high-end Enterprise Architect.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning, with radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Only Way to Go If You Go Microsoft
If you're a Microsoft developer, you don't have much choice. There are some semi-lame development tools out there for the .NET platform but this is your only real choice. Of course, this is Version 1.0 of new technology so I expect vast improvements in the future. Microsoft is not famous for coming out with high-quality stuff in version 1. I think the visual interface looks worse than Visual Studio 6.0 - not as polished. In fact, it looks kind of like they hired the guy who designed the interface for the Forte for Java thing they push over at Sun - uuuuugly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Visual Studio
Visual Studio .NET is the ultimate tool for the internet, intranet and stand alone developer from entry to high end specialized development. This kit, the enterprise kit includes every tool and documentation that one would need to build any kind of application intened for a Windows Platform or .NET framework.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Edition includes the following enhancements over the Enterprise Developer version

Microsoft Visio®-based database modeling
Capture and communicate business requirements clearly with conceptual, logical, and physical database modeling tools.

Enterprise template project type
Share best practices and provide architectural guidance across the development team with the new Enterprise template project type.

Microsoft BizTalk™ Server
Build distributed business processes that integrate applications and partners, as well as quickly establish reliable, secure trading relationships with customers and partners over the Web.

Overall, no matter where you want to take your code today, you can build it better, smatter, faster with .NET Technologies. ... Read more


13. Microsoft DEV MS .NET CONTROLS W/-VISUAL BASIC .NET ( 0-7356-1924-7 )

Asin: B0000CA2H1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Sales Rank: 11863
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14. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003

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Asin: B000089GKQ
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6971
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is Microsoft’s multi-faceted development tool, targeting both Windows and Web applications. This 2003 edition includes numerous small improvements as well as major new features like the Compact Framework, for applications that run on Pocket PC and other smart devices. It supports multiple languages, with the main ones being Visual Basic, C#, and C++. There is also a Java-like language called J#, although J# applications only work on Windows so this is not a true Java development tool. The Visual Studio .NET environment is truly integrated. It makes extensive use of docking and tabbed windows, and there are plenty of project wizards along with huge amounts of online help. Auto-completion and pop-up help eases the business of editing code.

Microsoft’s .NET tools are very different from their predecessors. Visual C++ can still compile standard Windows executables, but the other languages all target the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that manages memory and enforces security. Framework applications perform well, since they are compiled to native code at runtime, but there is an overhead in terms of memory usage and the Framework runtime must be installed. In compensation, .NET brings many advantages. All the languages are fully object-oriented, the class library is rich, and XML support is fully integrated. ASP.NET is for web applications, and represents a large advance on the old ASP. Instead of script, ASP.NET supports any of the .NET languages, running on the server and just-in-time compiled to native code. There is a visual web page designer, and carefully designed applications support a wide range of browsers. New in this version of Visual Studio is Mobile Web Forms, which use adaptive rendering to support the browsers in mobile phones and PDAs. The database technology in Visual Studio is called ADO.NET, and uses a disconnected model that is ideal for laptops, smart devices, and wide area networks.

Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer 2003 earns its name by including developer licenses for the key Microsoft server platforms, including Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2000 Server and SQL Server 2000. Another key component is the Visual SourceSafe code management system, which is especially important for team development. There is also Application Center Test, for stress-testing web applications.

For those wondering whether to make the jump to .NET, this release is probably the right moment to go ahead. The technology is maturing, and the inclusion of the Compact Framework makes the package more compelling. The deep XML support on offer is essential for many enterprise applications and enables integration with other platforms. It’s still important to note the heavy system requirements, and that .NET applications do not run on Windows 95. In most cases, the higher productivity of .NET languages soon pays for any additional resources. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more


15. Mastering Visual Basic 5.0
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B00004I9X8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 7479
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Features

  • Self-paced, interactive training tool for mastering Visual Basic 5.0
  • Structured courses, labs, narrated demos, sample code, reference articles
  • Powerful search engine for solving immediate problems
  • Create advanced database applications
  • Microsoft Visual Database Tools reduce development time

16. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Developer
list price: $1,799.00
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Asin: B00005RV51
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6128
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio .NET also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints. The common runtime is language-neutral, so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa.

Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is more similar to earlier versions, and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

The Enterprise Developer edition has source-code management with Visual SourceSafe, performance testing, and analysis tools. It also includes developer versions of many of Microsoft's server products, including SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, and the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system. These are licensed for development only, but even so, it is a rich range of products. Finally, there is the ability to use enterprise templates. New in Visual Studio .NET, these are sophisticated skeleton projects that assist organizations in maintaining consistent best practices. The twist is that, while Enterprise Developer can use these templates, it cannot create them. For that you need the high-end Enterprise Architect.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning, with radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This stuff really works!!!
I have just started using this program and have already made a great website with flash, and HTML designs I highly recommend it to anyone who wants programming to be an easy thing. ... Read more


17. Microsoft Visual Basic Enterprise 6.0 with Plus Pack Upgrade Version

Asin: B00002S7HW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 9677
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ordering
Then order it used, get on a waiting list, make your own
price, and wait.. Stop whining..

1-0 out of 5 stars VB 6.0
Items that are discontinued or not in stock are still being peddled. Items should not be featured if the customer does not have the opportunity to purchase them. This site is wasting my time by offering items that are unavailable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great language
VB is a great language, and the Pro/Enterprise versions are really
good...VB, being a member of the Visual Studio family, has an
outstanding IDE, with the IntelliSense technology...basically what
this does is when you declare a UDT (User Defined Type) or enumeration
earlier in the program, later when you refer to a variable declared as
that particular type in code, right after you type the dot as in
Mytype. , a small menu pops up for you to pick the possible variable
(property of Mytype in OOP terms) in the case of a UDT and the
possible enumerated value in the case of an enum variable when you
type Myenum = . When functions/ procedures are called in code, right
after you type the first ( for the parameters, a nice popup shows the
types that should go into the parameter list--very useful...
Moreover, VB 6 comes with close integration with database tools with
the new ADO standard. It is integrates more nicely with SQL. Another
change from VB 5 and Visual Studio 5 on the whole is that all the
documentation is combined into the MSDN library, included with the
product. This has the documentation on ALL VS products even if you
only bought VB, and so it's a handy reference.
... Read more


18. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Upgrade
list price: $1,799.00
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Asin: B00005TQNL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 8785
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Visual Studio .NET is a superb, next-generation development tool. At its heart is the .NET Framework, a runtime engine and class library that enables rapid application building for both Windows and Web applications. The runtime engine handles housekeeping, like memory management, while also providing fine-grained security and version awareness. The class library reduces the code needed to build rich applications. Visual Studio also provides a slick visual environment, with features like tabbed and docking windows, dynamic online help, and automatic code completion and hints.

Visual Studio .NET's common runtime is language-neutral so, for example, Visual Basic programmers can use components written in C# and vice versa. Other languages, such as COBOL and FORTRAN, can plug into Visual Studio, and Microsoft provides a version of the Java language called J#. These two languages, along with J#, have full support for the visual design tools in Visual Studio .NET. Also included is JScript .NET, Microsoft's version of JavaScript, although this comes without a form designer. Visual C++ is more similar to earlier versions, and is the only compiler included that can build old-style Windows executables. With a compiler switch, it can also target .NET, making it particularly flexible.

The Enterprise Architect edition has source-code management with Visual SourceSafe, performance testing, and analysis tools. It also includes developer versions of many of Microsoft's server products, including SQL Server, Commerce Server, Exchange Server, and the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system. These are licensed for development only, but even so, it is a rich range of products. Finally, there is the ability to use enterprise templates. New in Visual Studio .NET, these are sophisticated skeleton projects that assist organizations in maintaining consistent best practices, and this edition, Enterprise Architect, can create them from scratch.

Another benefit of Enterprise Architect is the inclusion of Visio, an advanced drawing package that has the ability to model databases or even complete applications. This includes code generation and reasonable support for UML, which is the de facto industry standard. Finally, Enterprise Architect includes BizTalk Server, which is able to manage business processes and integrate applications between trading partners.

Overall, Visual Studio .NET is a radical break from the past for Microsoft. C# is an entirely new language, aimed at C and C++ programmers looking for something safer and more productive. Visual Basic .NET is a new twist on the old Microsoft favorite, losing compatibility with earlier versions, but gaining full object orientation as well as access to all the .NET libraries.

There are a few points against Visual Studio .NET. One is that, like earlier versions, it only creates applications that run on Windows. Web applications are a partial exception, in that they support cross-platform clients, but deployment requires a Windows Web server. Another factor is, with its multiple compilers and mountains of documentation, Visual Studio .NET eats up gigabytes of disk space, and the IDE tends to be slow with less than around 384 MB RAM. Serious developers will take this in stride, but casual users could have difficulty. Fortunately, the applications created have more modest system requirements, although Windows 95 is not supported. Finally, developers coming from earlier editions face a lot of learning, with radical changes in both Visual Basic and ASP.

Despite these minor issues and a steep learning curve, Visual Studio .NET is an extremely versatile, sophisticated, and capable development tool. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars one work AWSOME!
The enterprise edition is awsome!!
the upgrade was seemless
C++.net, c#.net and VB.net are all super easy!
you need this program! ... Read more


19. Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard
list price: $109.00
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Asin: B00005RV4Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2093
Average Customer Review: 2.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

More than just a programming language, Visual Basic .NET is a visual development tool for Windows. Building an application is a matter of first creating a visual interface using the drag-and-drop form designer, and then writing code to bring the interface to life. Visual Basic is popular with beginners because the language has an English-like syntax and the visual tools make it easy to get started. The same qualities enable professionals to work faster, making this a great tool for business use as well.

Visual Basic .NET is substantially different from earlier versions. It builds applications for the .NET Framework, a run-time layer with improved security and reliability. In order to achieve this, Microsoft made numerous changes to the language. Most of these are beneficial, including full object orientation with inheritance, but the new Visual Basic is not compatible with the old. To migrate an old project you use an upgrade wizard, followed by manual fine-tuning. Applications built with Visual Basic .NET no longer support Windows 95, while for development, Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP is needed.

Despite these heavy system requirements, there is a lot to like in Visual Basic .NET. Perhaps the best feature is that developers can build applications for the Web almost as easily as for Windows. These have to be hosted on a Windows Web server, but can be accessed through browsers running on any platform, using a technology called ASP.NET. There is a host of components available, both in the box and from third parties, for true rapid application development. It is also a good choice for database development. Microsoft's ADO.NET database API uses a disconnected model, fitting well with the world of laptops and other mobile devices. XML support is good, including the ability to program XML Web services, which enable applications to communicate over the Internet. Developers can also build software for the Pocket PC and other Windows CE devices, using a downloadable add-on called Smart Device Extensions.

Visual Basic .NET has a superb development environment, although you need to double the minimum system requirements for good performance. The main work area is tabbed so that integrated online help appears alongside the code and the visual design surface. Tool windows can be docked, floated, or hidden. Automatic code completion and dynamic help speed coding, while ToolTips reveal the type of any variable. For deployment, there is a setup wizard and a setup project type.

Overall, this is a powerful tool with few limits on what can be achieved. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy For the Price
Visual Basic.NET Standard is the best buy for the money. For all the people that think this version is crippled. It's not, you just have to do a little more work with it.

This is not a trial version, the people that made that complaint are either too lazy to learn to code and are dependant on wizards ( scary ) or just lazy. You can do alot with this package and for the money like I said before this is
an excellent buy.

As Far as not being able to compile dll's yes you can if you write your own project wizard, like I did :)

Things VB.NET Standard CAN DO
Windows Apps
Web Apps
Console Apps
Web Services

AND Yes Class Libraries if you know what you are doing.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's a 1.0 version
I like some of the new features, but VB6 was a more mature product. I was frustrated in that I spent a couple hundred dollars on additional books and all assumed you had visual studio.net. I am selling this to fund my purchase of Visual Studio.net. As someone said, it is handy if you want to start learning and delay purchase of visual studio.net for a few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly powerful & easy
I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), when this software is so powerful.

First, let me say that it's true VB.NET Standard Edition is somewhat crippled in that it doesn't let you create DLL's or mobile apps for WinCE devices. Nor does it include Crystal Reports, or some other features you'd find in VB.NET Professional/Enterprise. However, it's perfect for making small utilities/applications.

Most of my programming experience has been with Perl, PHP, Java, C, C++. I had a little exposure to Visual Basic in college, but I had forgotten everything I had learned about it. With VB.NET standard and _Visual Basic .NET Step by Step_ (ISBN: 0-7356-1374-5) I was able to write a fully functional and moderately complex application (and distribute it with the included Windows installer) in about 2 weeks time. I was astounded by the low learning curve.

There are two different types of programs you can create with VB.NET, those based on Windows forms and those based on Web forms. Windows forms would be your traditional type of Windows application, while Web forms are designed to work through the Internet. I have no VB.NET experience creating Web forms, but the features look promising.

VB.NET is different than earlier versions of VB because it is built around the .NET framework. The .NET framework works more like Java. Your programs are converted to bytecode which runs on the .NET framework (which your users must install to run your apps). That would probably explain why it is slower than older VB compilers.

In the past, applications created with Visual C++ would run faster than those made with VB. This is no longer the case. All Visual Studio Languages (C#, C++ and VB) all compile to .NET bytecode. Because the resulting bytecode is the same, you choose the language whose syntax you are most familiar with.

I feel the benefits of switching to .NET are worth the performance loss. Because .NET is Microsoft's answer to Java, everything is now heavily dependant on Objects. OO programming with VB.NET is incredibly simple. Chances are any structure or function/method you'd like to use is already written - you just need to find the proper namespace in the .NET framework, import it into your code and then create an instance of the object you want. It's OO at its best.

I would definitely not recommend VB.NET to people who have no programming experience. You need to get your feet wet with something else before delving into this.

Just to clarify compatibility issues; VB.NET requires WinNT, Win2k, or WinXP Professional. It's my understanding that it will work on WinXP Home for applications, but you need XP Pro for creating/testing Web forms.

1-0 out of 5 stars Download Sun One Studio 4 for FREE!
Sun ONE Studio 4 Community Edition is FREE. If you want to self-eduate yourself in how to develop web applications, it is a good choice.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good For Students
I'm a student in an advanced VB class and I've only had one problem with this software so far. I haven't worked with web pages yet, so for a student this is pretty fair. If you want to include a database in your projects, make sure you have Microsoft Office or the full version of Access 2000 or greater. I have Microsoft Works (which doesn't include Access or .mdb files) which is not supported by VB.NET. Now I have to buy yet another Microsoft product!!! I have the XP Home Edition, which has supported VB.NET very well, opposed to some of the reviews that stated they had problems with the compatibility of the two. ... Read more


20. Practical Standards for Visual Basic
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000042OJH
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 10779
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely done
Exceptionally well crafted text. Practical and pragmatic, covers a lot of ground. An excellent starting point for a development team, or an individual programmer, who is looking for the boost to productivity and quality that can come from a well thought and and carefully executed approach to development. ... Read more


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