Visual Studio is such a great software that I found running Visual Studio is a sufficient reason to run Windows.
It’s a pity that Visual Studio’s extensibility story is not that great: you can do great things with it, like Visual D here and Python Tools for Visual Studio. But developing a Visual Studio extension is pretty unapproachable and documentation was in bad state when I tried.
I’ve heard VS extensions are basically the final boss of COM, which puts off a lot of people…
I equate Visual Studio to a piece of heavy machinery. Not everyone needs it, often times its unwieldly, it can be hard to learn to use effectively, but it’s often an indispensible tool on big projects.
Based on the name, I thought this was a Visual Basic-like version of D. Darn.