The next chapter introduces Visual Studio .NET 2005, including an overview and walk-through. Visual Studio is an integrated development environment for developing managed code in a variety of languages. It is an environment for creating secure, robust, and scalable applications. In addition, Visual Studio hosts a variety of rapid application development tools that facilitate the quick and painless development of managed applications.
Visual Studio .NET 2005 includes several enhancements. Improved editing capabilities have been added, such as Code Expansion and Auto IntelliSense. Code snippets have also been improved. Refactoring is an exciting new feature and the friend of every developer. New build alternatives such as MSBuild are available for professional developers. Microsoft has also added a pantheon of new project and template types, such as Smart Devices, to Visual Studio. These new Visual Studio 2005 options provide developers with additional choices for managed development.