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Product: Visual Studio .NET 2003
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: See Pricing
Review By: Robert Downey (RMD)

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup & Installation
3: Pricing & System Requirements
4: The Start Page

5: IDE
6: New Features - Part 1
7: New Features - Part 2
8: New Features - Part 3
9: What's Missing or Malignant
10: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Visual Studio .NET 2003.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 92%
Interface: 96%
Ease of Use:
Performance: 90%
Features: 94%
Stability: 95%
Price: 80%
Debugging: 91%
Online Help System: 97%
Extensibility: 90%
Overall: 91.8%

Overall, Visual Studio.NET 2003 is a very solid product, and is almost certainly the best integrated development environment currently available. When compared to Visual Studio.NET 2002, itís faster and more feature rich, but there isnít anything included that makes it much more than a huge service pack. (And itís priced to reflect this at $29 for the upgrade.) Nonetheless, I highly recommend it to everybody, including those using VS.NET 2k2.

So, in conclusion: Visual Studio.NET 2003 = Good.

Specs & Package
Overall Score 91.8%
Version Reviewed Visual Studio .NET 2003
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? CDs, Manual
The Good Points

Improved Intellisense
Improved Debugging
Improved Performance
Improved Language Conversion
Includes J#
Includes ASP.NET Mobile Controls
Inlcudes Smart Device Support

The Bad Points
ASP.NET Designer Still Bad
VSS is Outdated
Dotfusactor is Limited 

Reviewers Specs

2.4 GHZ Pentium 4, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, Windows 2003 Server

1.2 GHZ Athlon, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, Windows XP Professional

PC Required

See System Requirements


ę What's Missing or Malignant  


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