Monday, January 12, 2009

Visual Studio 97

Microsoft first released Visual Studio in 1997, bundling many of its programming tools together for the first time. Visual Studio 97 was released in two editions, Professional and Enterprise. It included Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual C++ 5.0, primarily for Windows programming; Visual J++ 1.1 for Java and Windows programming; and Visual Fox Pro 5.0 for database, specifically x Base programming. It introduced Visual Inter Dev for creating dynamically generated web sites using Active Server Pages. A snapshot of the Microsoft Developer Network library was also included.

Visual Studio 97 was Microsoft's first attempt at using the same development environment for multiple languages. Visual C++, Visual J++, Inter Dev, and the MSDN Library all used one environment, called Developer Studio. Visual Basic and Visual Fox Pro used separate environments.

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