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An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is software that facilitates application development. In the context of .NET-based applications, Visual Studio is the most commonly used IDE. Some of the key features included are:
Visual Studio is integrated with .NET and includes the features of language specific environments, from one of its earlier versions (VS 6.0). It provides a single workspace consisting of a mutliple-document interface in which activities related to code development such as editing, compiling, debugging, etc. is easily possible.The main facility that this IDE provides is form creation during design-time. By placing the controls in the layout the display of the application can be rendered at runtime. Hence, IDE provides simpler way of building applications in lesser time.
Development of applications needs to consider the time necessary for lengthy learning process to work with the IDE due to the complicated integration of all the facilities included in IDE.