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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (Professional Edition) (PC)

by Microsoft Software
Windows 2000 / XP
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Build high-performance solutions faster than ever
  • Easily create and deploy client applications. Automatically publish and maintain applications and their dependencies with integrated ClickOnce support
  • Build fast, interactive Web applications. Take advantage of more than 50 new controls and hundreds of built-in services for site security, personalization, look and feel, and more
  • Develop faster with enhanced visual designers and editors. Streamline development of all tiers of your application and improve XML editing and XSLT debugging with intuitive visual designers
  • Create dynamic, data-enabled applications. Quickly create data-driven applications using an integrated data access, design, and reporting environment
  • Take advantage of a powerful, enterprise-class application platform
  • Tackle any development task. Create robust applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, the .NET Compact Framework 2.0, and native code all supported by Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
  • Target high-performance computing architectures. Easily develop for 64-bit systems using a 64-bit version of the .NET Framework.
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 798 g
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  • ASIN: B000BTA4LU
  • Release Date: 27 Jan. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,468 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition Includes: Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C#, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual J# programming languages • Tools for building Windows and Web solutions • SmartPhone and Pocket PC development tools for building Windows CE-based applications • Visual Database Tools • XSD and XSLT editing and debugging • Advanced debugging tools, including cross-machine debugging • Visual Basic and Visual C# development of stored procedures, functions, and tr...

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition is a complete environment for individual developers building Microsoft Windows, web, or mobile solutions.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition Includes:

  • Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C#, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual J# programming languages
  • Tools for building Windows and Web solutions
  • SmartPhone and Pocket PC development tools for building Windows CEbased applications
  • Visual Database Tools
  • XSD and XSLT editing and debugging
  • Visual Basic and Visual C# development of stored procedures, functions, and triggers when combined with SQL Server 2005
  • Tools for building server-based solutions

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    12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Jun. 2006
    If you thought Visual Studio.NET 2003 was good, wait till you try this. It is a vast improvement over the 2003 edition with a better interface and easier to code than ever before. If you need programming results fast, use this. You will wonder how you ever programmed without it.
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    17 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A rip off 30 May 2007
    Whilst the product is brilliant, the fact remains that this item, currently selling for GBP 540, is on sale at Amazon.com for USD 699. That's a premium of over 50%. What a rip off country we live in.
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    Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best development environment out there... but you can try before buying 9 Jan. 2006
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    I'm surprised to see any tepid reviews of VS 2005. VS.NET quickly became my favorite when it was introduced in 2002. With this release it continues to improve on the most enjoyable development environment out there. The 2005 edition has added C# generics, C# edit and continue, better intellisense, ClickOnce deployment, SQL Server Express support, and a bunch more.

    If you're new to VS.NET, you should check out the Express Edition for the language you're interested in (C#, Visual Basic, C++). The Express Editions will probably suit most of your needs for a trial and are available for free from Microsoft's site. You can install more than one if you need multiple languages.

    The benefit of getting the Standard or Pro edition is that you get additional functionality like remote debugging, remote datasource capabilities, a single IDE for all languages (making it easier to do mixed managed/unmanaged code), 64-bit compilation and more. The differences should also be reviewed on the Microsoft site before you buy.

    Bottom line, check it out before buying using the Express Editions. If you're an experienced programmer my guess is you'll probably like what you see.
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good IDE but Poor Choice for Older C++ Code 23 Feb. 2007
    By tagger9 - Published on Amazon.com
    Like other reviewers, I have found that older C and C++ projects (VS2003, VC++6, etc) usually will not work with Visual Studio 2005. You'll get tons of compile errors and warnings, unresolved linker symbols, etc. and you will spend a LOT of time changing your program to make it work, if you can make it work at all. And the import wizard did not help much in this respect.

    Also, I found it troubling that there are a lot of nice formatting and Intellisense options for C#, but not for C++. There is some rudimentary formatting and Intellisense functionality for C++, but it is much more limited than what you get for C#. So, one of the nice features of VS is missing for C++. Why? It seems this is the MS way of getting us to use their chosen language, C#. It certainly makes me wonder about the future of C++ at Microsoft.

    That said, there are still lots of nice features in Visual Studio 2005, and for new C++ projects its not too bad (except for limited formatting and IntelliSense functionality). I could get new projects up and running quickly and painlessly, and I liked the many build/debug features used in VS2005.
    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely better than 2003 20 Feb. 2006
    By Brandon Thetford - Published on Amazon.com
    There are a lot of things better about 2005 that make it worth the jump from 2003. Most of them you'll just have to use the software yourself to realize, but a few big ones are:

    -VASTLY improved intellisense, especially with ASP.NET pages,

    -New language features with .NET 2.0,

    -Rather intelligent and visually appealing positioning help in Windows forms,

    -Improved XML support,

    -Lots more

    There are a few things that annoy me, from time to time, such as seemingly random bouts of sitting there for 30-40 seconds, looking like it's hung.

    The website copy tool, while still something that 2003 didn't have, needs work.

    Various other little things that need a tad of polishing.

    Microsoft, HAS, however, promised a service pack, so I'm sure a lot of things will be fixed or enhanced.

    Overall, I recommend this release as a smart upgrade from 2003 or earlier.
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, efficient development environment 27 Feb. 2007
    By Mark Brittingham - Published on Amazon.com
    I've used development environments as diverse as the LISP environment on dedicated Symbolics machines, Smalltalk, Centerline C++ on Sun,Borland's C++ IDE in the early 90s, and Borland's Delphi. After working extensively in Delphi for years for both Windows and Web applications, I switched to Visual Studio for Web Development in 2003. I can say without a doubt that Visual Studio 2005 is the most productive environment in existence.

    Everything about this environment save one thing (more below) is extremely well done. Some highlights in no particular order:

    * The Intellisense tools are smooth and very quick (especially compared with Delphi)

    * The project model is clean, simple and easy to modify (just copy files).

    * Preparing a web site for distribution or upload is ridiculously easy

    * C# is easily the most productive language available for general business development (I once mentored C++ for new developers at Bell Labs and have written my own Smalltalk environment so I don't say this lightly)

    * Microsoft has made enormous strides in making web development as easy as VB's original drag and drop model

    * The environment is easy to customize with macros, etc. and features a stellar array of productivity-enhancing features (outlining, refactoring, snippets, etc.)

    * There is a broad selection of third-party tools that integration with Visual Studio.

    Now, for all of its advantages, the one area where they could stand significant improvement is in the help system. For example, the help screens for most environment objects is essentially nothing more than the inheritance tree. It does essentially nothing to educate you about *how* a feature is used. This has been a problem for Microsoft for years and, unfortunately, VS 2005 has done nothing to improve the situation. Thus, you will want to have lots of web and/or written resources on hand when developing.

    I cannot comment on the team development features as I work alone on the software sold by my company.

    In balance, I've simply never seen a better development environment.
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement on VS 2003 22 Jan. 2006
    By Charles Profitt - Published on Amazon.com
    I just installed VS 2005 and found some the changes to be dramatic. Especially when writing ASP.Net programs. Gone is the grid layout (yahoo!) and the IDE does not change my hand coded HTML (finally). The addition of "master pages" has been talked about by many as a huge step, but it pales in comparison to "code snippets", "web parts", and other refinements and additions when using 2.0 .Net framework.

    Upgrading several existing projects was easy and went smoothly. The process offered to make a backup of the project or website and then proceeded with the conversion.

    As a small one man development team I am very pleased with the upgrade. I use SQL server (upgraded to 2005) and found the professional edition very handy because I could modify existing data through the IDE (a feature not included in the standard edition). This was critical because currently MS Access 2003 is unable to create databases or make changes to existing databases.
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