Voice Chat Projects in Visual Studio

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Voice Chat Projects in Visual Studio
Windows voice chat applications can be developed in a number of programming languages. (notebook pc image by Albo from Fotolia.com)

Microsoft's Windows operating system has been the most popular operating system for both consumers and businesses for twenty years, as of 2010. This has made it an attractive development platform for software developers, since that means that there is a wide market for Windows software. Responding to this, Microsoft took steps to make developing for Windows easier. One such step was releasing Visual Studio. With Visual Studio you can develop a number of voice chat programs.

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C# Windows Form Application

The combination of the .Net Framework and Microsoft's C# programming language is one of the most common ways to develop for Windows. This combination allows the developer to create a Windows application that is intended to run on a personal computer. If you are interested in a having desktop client for your voice chat application, then this is probably the most common way that this application would be developed, since it takes advantage of the power of .Net and helps the developer design his application in an object-oriented manner; object-oriented programs tend to be easier to modify and debug than procedural ones.

C# ASP.Net

C# and its object oriented patterns can also be used in the cloud thanks to ASP.Net, Microsoft's Web implementation of the .Net Framework; this allows developers who are familiar with developing applications for Windows to easily apply their development knowledge to Web application development. Using ASP.Net and C#, you would be making an application that could potentially looks and feel very similar to the native Windows form application, but would not require the user to install anything on his PC and would be run directly in his Web browser.

F# Native Application

Developers who are more interested in functional programming as opposed to object oriented programming might find that F# is a more comfortable language to work with as opposed to C#. F# is best suited for developing native Windows applications and contains a lot of conveniences for developers that make software development much faster, but can also lead to more errors and, since F# code tends to look very foreign to most developers, it can difficult to debug. From the user's perspective, there would be little difference between the look and feel of a Windows application that was written in F# rather than C#.

Visual Basic

Visual Basic is one of the most well known languages that can be used with Visual Studio. Visual Studio can be used for both Windows form applications and ASP.Net applications and excels at being easy to program in, thought it is not as object oriented as C# or as functionally focused as F#. Again, your choice of programming language will not affect the user; if you are most comfortable with Visual Basic, feel free to use it with confidence.

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