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ADO.NET Programming in Visual Basic™ .NET by Bob Howell, Steve Holzner

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A Roadmap of the IDE

With this version of Visual Studio, Microsoft finally achieved its goal of unifying the development environments into one IDE. Until this version, VB had its own IDE separate from the standard IDE used for C++ and other languages. One reason for this was because VB was an interpreted language while the others were compiled. Another reason was because VB developed along a separate evolutionary path than the other Microsoft development tools. The VB debugger was proprietary, but had an edit-and-continue feature that made C++ programmers jealous. There were many integrated tools, such as the database manager and data environment designer, that were not available in the other IDE.

The new IDE has some equivalents to the tools ...

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