best free version of visual studio to use with ArcObjects SDK?

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05-18-2016 12:10 PM
New Contributor II

Hello,

This is my first time here and I am about to embark on a project that involves creating tools and linking with dll's for ArcGIS desktop use so I was wondering what is the best FREE version of Visual studio I should use with the ArcObjects SDK?

thanks

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The ArcObjects SDK 10.4 can be used in Visual Studio 2013 or 2015: ArcObjects SDK 10.4 system requirements—System Requirements | ArcGIS for Desktop

The only free version is Visual Studios Community. Free Dev Tools - Visual Studio Community 2015

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The ArcObjects SDK 10.4 can be used in Visual Studio 2013 or 2015: ArcObjects SDK 10.4 system requirements—System Requirements | ArcGIS for Desktop

The only free version is Visual Studios Community. Free Dev Tools - Visual Studio Community 2015

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New Contributor II

ok thanks Ken.  I will install community 2015 now and see how that works.

Have you tried programming with ArcObjects in the community version?

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No I haven't. I work with the Enterprise version.

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