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Visual Studio - Past to Present

Recently I‘ve been working at a client site where they are using Visual Studio 2005 for their main project. I’ve gotta say that I was a bit surprised since I haven’t come across VS2005 for a few years… I immediately became nostalgic and decided to share. So I’m proud to present (with help from Wikipedia and the WWW), Visual Studio – from past to present!

The Big Visual Studio Usage Poll

Before we begin, I wanna find out which Visual Studio version people are using. And you want to know too, right? So go ahead and fill up the poll!

Year 1997 – Visual Studio 97

Included: Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, Visual J++ 1.1 and Visual FoxPro 5.0.

Visual Studio 97

Visual Studio 97 

Visual Studio 97

A funny related resource: Introducing Visual Studio 97: A Well-stocked Toolbox for Building Distributed Apps

Year 1998 – Visual Studio 6.0

Included: Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual J++ 6.0, Visual FoxPro 6.0, Visual InterDev 1.0.

Visual Studio 6.0

Visual Studio 6.0

Visual Studio 6.0

Year 2002 – Visual Studio.NET

Included: .NET Framework 1.0, C# 1.0, Visual Basic.NET (VB 7), Visual J# 1.0, Visual C++ .NET 2002 (Visual C++ 7.0).

Visual Studio .NET (2002)

Visual Studio .NET (2002)

Visual Studio .NET (2002)

Year 2003 – Visual Studio .NET 2003

Included: .NET Framework 1.1, C# 1.1, Visual Basic .NET 2003 (VB 7.1), Visual J# 1.1, Visual C++ .NET 2003 (Visual C++ 7.1).

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Year 2005 – Visual Studio 2005

Included: .NET Framework 2.0, C# 2.0, Visual Basic 2005 (VB 8.0), Visual J# 2.0, Visual C++ 2005 (Visual C++ 8.0).

Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005

Year 2007 – Visual Studio 2008

Included: .NET Framework 3.5, C# 3.5, Visual Basic 2008 (VB 9.0), Visual C++ 2008 (Visual C++ 9.0).

Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2008

The Present - Year 2010 – Visual Studio 2010

Included: .NET Framework 4.0, C# 4.0, Visual Basic 2010 (VB 10.0), Visual C++ 2010 (Visual C++ 10.0), F# 2.0.

Visual Studio 2010

Visual Studio 2010

Visual Studio 2010

The Future

Well, I really have no idea what Microsoft is planning for the next release of Visual Studio or when it’s gonna see the light of day. If someone knows more, tell us in the comments!

Conclusion

Visual Studio has gone a long way, with 7 major released in 13 years. However, I found out when making this post that the general concept and the UI structure have grown up over the years, but haven’t changed drastically. It’s correct, by the way, for all IDEs out there.

This leads me to one conclusion – the tools have, without a doubt, become better, but we’re still coding using the same general concept that was used 10 and even 20 (maybe even more?) years ago.

Will it be the same 20 years from now?

All the best,
Shay.

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