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The only thing I can add is the main difference is NXTware Remote is an Integrated Development Environment with OpenVMS, whereas Visual Studio used in this case is just an editor on Windows with some features for syntax highlighting and help with refactoring code. Assuming you are using SAMBA or NFS and don’t have issues sending files, I can think of these advantages to using NXTware Remote:
1. A complete OpenVMS integrated development environment that is designed to quickly train new developers.
2. Multi-language support: in addition to C, and C++, NXTware Remote also supports BASIC, COBOL, DCL, FORTRAN, Java, Pascal, SQLMOD, GDF, CDO, TDF and perl.
3. Syntax highlighting is more useful on NXTware Remote because VS checks Microsoft C compiler syntax; any OpenVMS extensions, libraries and system calls will be flagged as errors.
4. Support for CMS and RDB.
5. Eclipse access to the OpenVMS debugger in NXTware Remote from your workstation.
I know of systems written in C++ that were originally developed using VisualStudio, but I guess they either moved files across, or had them on a location that was on VMS or shared with VMS (via Pathworks/Samba of NFS). However, you would have to do building the program on VMS, so leave VS. Nxtware hooks in into VMS directly (without the need of NFS or CIFS (Samba/Pathworks) and do all work from withing NxtWare.