Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Development Tools

Having been a user of Microsoft development tools for a long time I will need to decide which version of the toolset to use for my own developments.

Do I stick with trusty old Visual Studio 6, basic but works, Visual Studio .NET 2003 which I've been using more recently or do I opt to upgrade now and build in some future proofing.

I had been playing with the Express edition of Visual Studio 2005 but came away less than impressed.

Visual Studio 2008 is now available and it ticks all the boxes, including the development tools for Office which at least one of the product ideas would use.

The cost for the Professional edition is a bit annoying although I qualify for the upgrade version which reduces this somewhat. Although it would be a purchase which allowed me to standardise on one product whilst giving me access to newer technologies like the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) which I've been playing with for the past few months.

Maybe it's just time to let go of version 6.

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