You can develop everything you need to and do basic debugging which is what you probably do now. Premium Premium adds in a couple features that aren't found in Professional.
The value add here comes if you're working on a medium sized team. If that sounds like you, then it'd be worth it. Personally, it's Ultimate that I really want. It gives you Premium plus a whole ton of Architecture, Testing, and Management tools. If you're working on a large application in a large team, IntelliTrace could be worth the money alone.
It allows your testers to run their tests against a debug version of the application. IntelliTrace will then record the actions even video of the UI if you want and the Stack Trace of the entire run of the application. After the recording happens, you as a developer can go back and reply the entire run MSDN is the granddaddy of Microsoft developer programmes.
It's basically "everything". Would you like Windows 3. That is fine. Access 2. Dyanamics AX? MapPoint ? BizTalk ? There's line items on the a spreadsheet that you can download here - although, remember, I said "spreadsheet".
There are eight current MSDN levels. All of them have that lovely, labourious naming that we have come to love from Microsoft.
MSDN Essentials is the level that you get when you buy Visual Studio at retail see the blog entry here , and so we'll ignore that. Importantly with the full silver and gold competency levels on the full Partner Network, you get the Visual Studio Premium with MSDN licenses five on silver, ten on gold. On the other two you get the more esoteric read "pricey" products, e.
There are some differences in the software that you get as part of the core subscription, although the core OS and server stuff you are likely to need is there. I'll leave the "Test Professional" edition for a moment. The version of Visual Studio that I use on a daily basis is Professional, and I must admit I've never hankered after anything in the other versions.
The key differences are that in Premium and Ultimate have more debugging and profiling tools. Professional has standard unit testing, whereas Premium includes a few more tools and Ultimate has a whole raft of testing and profiling tools. Next, Premium and Ultimate both have a collection of frankly irrelevant database tools. On the modelling side, with Ultimate you get all of that but not in Professional and Premium and if you're into modelling, why would you not use a stand-alone tool?
Ultimate also gives you something called "Lab Management". In summary, it's not obvious what you get with Ultimate or Premium that's so amazing, or that certainly can't be filled with, as alluded to, third-party tools.
This gives us three remaining MSDN variants to look at. Visual Studio Test Professional is designed for testers who are "embedded" into the test cycle. We haven't spoken much about TFS here but there's a shared toolset for managing the quality aspect of development. Like Test Professional, if you're in this area you're pretty specialised. Confused yet? You probably are. This arrangement frankly is not pretty. Here is some rough street pricing: Another thing on the MSDN side is that you also get some Azure usage, details of which can be found here although, as we're about to see, the benefits are paltry.
BizSpark BizSpark is a programme to encourage startup businesses to build their solutions on the Microsoft stack. I say "encourage" - BizSpark is firmly from the "your first hit is free" school of marketing. It would be non-trivial to switch away from the Microsoft stack once your startup was up and running. To short circuit the discussion, BizSpark helpfully says that you get access to most of the licences available in Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN, although confusingly they they go on to explicitly state that it is Visual Studio Ultimate that you get.
See this page. There is no clearly given limit to the number of users on you can have on the programme, presumably because the eligibility requirements act as a natural ceiling. Once your membership is up, you "graduate" from the programme and buy your licenses at a discount. A caveat laden discount - follow the single asterisk on this page. Where BizSpark gets more interesting is on the production server licensing. Remember, with the other programmes thus far you cannot use the licenses in production environments - they are internal use only.
You can use the licenses providing you are not just exposing out core functionality e. You can either hosting yourself or using a BizSpark partner, but I'm unsure why you would want to use a partner. A strong suggestion from the site is that you use the Azure benefit that comes with the MSDN subscriptions. This is actually pretty lame - that's not much horsepower for running a decent sized app on the Microsoft stack. In fact, on the graduation page above the caveat implies that they expect people to be running three front-end boxes and one SQL boxes.
At the very least, you're looking at five or six times the free Azure limit. Although other virtual private server ["VPS"] providers come in cheaper, Azure and Rackspace Cloud are roughly the same in terms of build. It's also worth noting that Rackspace do their own startup program. Still, none too shabby for a free programme. WebsiteSpark WebsiteSpark is the final programme that we'll look at and it's designed to "professional Web developers and designers".
Like BizSpark, it's a three year program and also like BizSpark, there's no entry cost. The eligibility requirements are that you must have less than ten employees and be a professional services firm specialising in providing Web development and design. You can also be a "one man band". Interestingly, the requirements are missing any requirement in terms of length of time trading, being of private ownership or having a ceiling on revenue unlike BizSpark.
As part of the programme you get three licences of Visual Studio Professional, one license of Expression Studio and two of Expression Web.
Jan 26, · Microsoft just announced final branding and pricing for the Visual Studio lineup! Here’s what it looks like (you can call this either the stadium or Lego view): BRANDING There are three minor changes to product names, listed below: Old Name New Name Microsoft Visual Studio Test Elements Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional Visual Studio extension development. Create add-ons and extensions for Visual Studio, including new commands, code analyzers, and tool windows. Description. Add the SDKs and tools you need to create new commands, code analyzers, tool windows, and language services using C#. Then, share your extension with the community in the Visual Studio. Is VS Premium Worth the Price? [closed] Ask Question Asked 9 years, 5 months ago. @cyberzed If you already have an MSDN agreement for Visual Studio Professional fo your developers, you get Visual Studio Premium for a year. At least I think that was the upgrade path they told me.
Visual Studio Professional Overview Among all the featured development environments, Visual Studio Professional is one of the best and loaded with all the advanced needs for developing Desktop, Web, and Mobile applications with complete XAML support. Either you want to design a console application or you require a fully loaded graphical interface. Installation wizard provides customized installation features, you can either drop any feature based on your requirements. Although the installation process is a bit slow as it is a very heavy software specifically designed to create custom applications. In addition, it also supports all the web development languages as well i. A very friendly user interface allow the developers to focus on their projects.