Visual Studio .NET offers many advantages to the .NET developer, including:
· A modern interface, using a tabbed document layout for code and
layout screens, and dockable toolbars and information windows.
· Convenient access to multiple design and code windows.
· WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) visual design of Windows and Web Forms.
· Code completion, which allows you to enter code with fewer errors and less typing.
· Intellisense, which pops up help on every method and function call
as you type, providing the types of all parameters and the return type.
· Dynamic, context-sensitive help, which allows you to view
topics and samples relevant to the code you are writing at the moment.
You can also search the complete SDK library from within the IDE.
· Immediate flagging of syntax errors, which allows you to fix problems as they are entered.
· A Start Page, which provides easy access to new and existing projects.
· The same code editor for all .NET languages, which shortens
the learning curve. Each language can have specialized aspects, but all
languages benefit from shared features, such as incremental search, code
outlining, collapsing text, line numbering, color-coded keywords, etc.
· An HTML editor, which provides both Design and HTML views that update each other in real time.
· A Solution Explorer, which displays all the files comprising
your solution (which is a collection of projects) in an outline.
· A Server Explorer, which allows you to log on to servers to
which you have network access, access the data and services on those
servers, and perform a variety of other chores.
· An integrated Debugger, which allows you to step through code,
observes program runtime behavior, and set breakpoints, even across
multiple languages and multiple processes.
· Customization capability, which allows you to set user preferences for IDE appearance and behavior.
· Integrated build and compile support.
· Integrated support for source control software.
· A built-in task list.