Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 provides a powerful and flexible development environment for creating Microsoft Windows based and Microsoft .NET based applications.
The Visual C++ Redistributable Package install run-time components of Visual C++ libraries. These components are required to run C++ applications that are developed using Visual Studio 2017 and link dynamically to libraries.
You can use these package to run such applications on a computer even if it does not have Visual Studio 2017 installed. These packages install run-time components of these libraries: C Runtime (CRT), Standard C++, MFC, C++ AMP, and OpenMP.
Microsoft Visual C++ (also known as MSVC) is a commercial integrated development environment (IDE). This product is engineered by Microsoft for the C, C++, and C++/CLI programming languages. It has tools for developing and debugging C++ code. That code is especially written for the Microsoft Windows API, the DirectX API, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Visual C++ has features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense (a coding autocompletion feature) and advanced debugging functionality. For example, it allows for remote debugging using a separate computer and allows debugging by stepping through code a line at a time. The “edit and continue” functionality allows changing the source code and rebuilding the program during program debugging, without restarting the debugged program.
The compile and build system feature, precompiled header files, “minimal rebuild” functionality and incremental link: these features significantly shorten turn-around time to edit, compile and link the program, especially for large software projects.