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With the release of Visual Studio 2005 in November Microsoft Visual Studio entered the enterprise development tools space with a coherent set of products targeted at the distinct roles in the software development lifecycle. On March 17 2006, Microsoft released Team Foundation Server, which finally enables users of the various editions of Visual Studio 2005 to achieve the Team System. Visual Studio 2005 Team System enables the primary stakeholders in a software development project, the architects, developers, testers, and project managers, to collaborate through a common environment provided by the Team Foundation Server. According to the Standish Group, businesses in the United States spend around $250 billion annually on software development projects with the average software development project ranging from $430,000 to $2.3 million. Today only 16% of these proje... (more)

Product Review: Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition

Microsoft has expanded the Visual Studio product line with the addition of six new Express products designed to help the student, hobbyist, enthusiast, or novice developer become proficient with the Microsoft .NET 2.0 platform as quickly as possible. Based upon the same code-base as their professional cousins in the Visual Studio 2005 product line, the express products have been on a diet, allowing them to be downloaded easily even when connecting to the Internet using a dialup connection. Microsoft has provided six express beta products, which are all freely available at http:... (more)

Crystal Reports 10 Advanced Developer

Unlike other products that we've reviewed in .NET Developers Journal, Crystal Reports enjoys an almost unique relationship with Microsoft Visual Studio in that a copy of Crystal Reports has shipped with Microsoft Visual Studio since 1993. It's interesting to note that Business Objects and Microsoft have recently announced that this relationship will continue with the inclusion of Crystal Reports into Visual Studio .NET 2005 (Whidbey), which may surprise some considering Microsoft's recent move into the reporting domain with their SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services. One of the g... (more)

VMWare Workstation 5.0

VMWare was the first software of its kind to offer the ability for one operating system to host others in such a way that users could be interacting with multiple operating systems simultaneously. Each virtual machine shares the host computer's hardware resources such as CPU, memory, network connections, and hard disks. Developers today often need access to several operating systems or configurations for testing. It is quite common to find developers using Microsoft Windows XP for their development, even though they know they'll be deploying ultimately to Microsoft Windows 2003 ... (more)

Araxis Merge 6.5

Once in a while every software developer will find himself or herself using a file-differencing program such as Windiff.exe, which comes with the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET environment and its constituent languages, such as Microsoft Visual C#. Araxis Merge version 6.5 improves upon the facilities available within Windiff.exe and other differencing utilities by not only pinpointing the exact characters within a line that have changed, but also allowing developers to edit the files directly within Araxis Merge and to perform folder-based differencing by simply right-clicking in... (more)