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What is Microsoft Visual Studio??

Hi guys!

I'm interested in programming and have been trying to teach myself Python (and I find it to be impossible, there's so many things I don't understand and the book doesn't tell, any advices on teaching myself Python would be greatly appreciated also...). I came across a website which introduced me to Microsoft Visual Studio, after a little research I found out that it's a IDE for code development, but can anyone tell me what good does it do if I used Visual Studio instead of the Python's IDE? So put simple, my question is "Why Visual Studio?".

Any comment and reply would be very much appreciated, thanks in advance guys! Alex Cheng
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    MS Visual Studio is a programming compiler/editing software that's developed to create an environment for the programmer to manager their programs files, edit those files, create new ones, debug their code, etc. It supports about a dozen languages and is very safe to program in. Basically, it's just like any other IDE and everybody has their own preference. I personally have been using Visual Studio for 5 years and would recommend it. If not, you could try pyscripter. It's free, open source and I've heard/read a lot of good things about it.

    Hope this answers your question.
  2. As mentioned, Visual Studio is just an IDE for various languages (mainly Visual Basic, C++, and C#). I'm not sure it supports Python, as Python is interpreted, not compiled.

    Idle (the default IDE for Python) works just fine for me :)
  3. Pyroflea said:
    As mentioned, Visual Studio is just an IDE for various languages (mainly Visual Basic, C++, and C#). I'm not sure it supports Python, as Python is interpreted, not compiled.

    Idle (the default IDE for Python) works just fine for me :)


    Visual Studio 2010 has Python integrated in their SDK, but before 2010 you needed to get IronPython, which is a tool kit for Visual Studio specifically for the support of Python (like the name didn't give it away :na: ).
  4. calmstateofmind said:
    Visual Studio 2010 has Python integrated in their SDK, but before 2010 you needed to get IronPython, which is a tool kit for Visual Studio specifically for the support of Python (like the name didn't give it away :na: ).


    Ahh, wasn't aware of that update. Last time I used Visual Studio was 2008, soo :D
  5. Thanks for all the replies guys! Really appreciated it!!!!
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