Introducing Visual Studio .NET 2003

So far in the book you haven't used a visual tool or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to develop your applications. This is quite a significant change from earlier versions of Microsoft platforms, in which Visual Studio was required to develop applications. Even the command-line compilers were part of the Visual Studio environment. In .NET, Visual Studio is not a requirement. Applications (Web based or non-Web based) or even Web services can all be developed without using any Visual Studio toolset. The .NET Framework SDK is the minimum required to develop .NET applications. However, management of the various source code, building scripts, and so on is left to the developer.

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