Microsoft Visual Studio is software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, & web services that run on any platforms supported by Microsoft’s .NET Framework. Supported platforms include Microsoft workstation & servers, PocketPC, Smartphones, and World Wide Web Browsers.
Visual Studio includes the following:
- Visual Basic (.NET)
- Visual C++
- Visual C#
- Visual J#
Express editions of Visual Studio have been released by Microsoft for lightweight streamlined development & novice developers. Some versions include a developer edition of Microsoft SQL Server. There is also a SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.