Visual Studio 2005: Bright Lights and Shadows

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-12-05 Print this article Print

Review: Productivity boosts show Microsoft wizardry but also reveal its .Net agenda.

When Microsoft Corp. rolls out a major tools release such as Visual Studio 2005, it isnt just equipping developers—its enlisting them.

Click here to read the full review of Visual Studio 2005.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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