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Buying and running latest version of Visual Studio

I'm interested in using Visual Studio in the field of BIG data and artificial intelligence.

At the moment the latest version of Visual Studio is 2017.
When is the next version due out?
What spec machine is needed for it to run smoothly in terms of processor, RAM and diskspace (and anything else that is relevant).
I found that with the Express edition, I could not use the Streamwriter.  Is this expected?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Microsoft got away from Visual Studio Express a few versions ago.  So unless you need the added bells and whistles Visual Studio Community  vice Professional or Enterprise will probably suit you just fine.
streamwriter is part of .net so you probably miscoded or had a version of express i.e. VS Express for Web  that didn't include it.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Any basic machine will run VS smoothly the only difference will be compilation time during the build phase. And if build times get long then you'd probably want a specialized build machine.

that being said 8G is probably enough but you'd want a SSD to improve load and build times.
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