Microsoft Visual Studio is the best of the programming packages available. It is based on the .NET framework which is an API included with the newer versions of Windows. This IDE is used by professionals as well as home users (thanks to the simplicity of learning).
Visual Studio includes a feature called Intellisense which was included from the earlier versions like 5.0 and 6.0. It helps a programmer to auto-complete the typing of functions, methods and even variable names. Functions and sub procedures are automatically added to a form and its controls. Microsoft Visual Studio is one of the most complex integrated development environments (IDE) that can be used to build projects involving software solutions, console apps, and graphical user interfaces.
During installation, users are offered the possibility to choose the additional components they want to setup, depending on the task they want to achieve: Office, SharePoint or Web developer tools, Silverlight development kits or Microsoft Foundation Classes for C++. Due to the large amount of files and data that need to be configured, it takes several minutes until installation completes (depending on the performance of the host PC).
Visual Studio includes everything for programming, debugging and building. With the new .NET framework 4.0, which includes parallel extensions for the newer computer systems with multi-core processors and multi threading, the decent performance of the completed program is ensured. Version 10.0 also includes a new programming language Visual F Sharp (F#), which is yet in the development stages. Visual Studio has the best user-friendly interface both in programming and debugging. MSDN, the ultimate reference for the Visual Studio languages comes installed with the software package.