Chapter 1: Getting Started with Visual Studio

In This Chapter

check.png Surveying the available versions

check.png Setting up Visual Studio

check.png Understanding projects and solutions

check.png Exploring the different types of projects

Much that you most likely have discovered about C# can be run using a command prompt and cs.exe. Fact is, that’s a less-than-wonderful way to program. It’s unforgiving and slow, and it’s hard to remember the specifics of the language. An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a program that provides a platform for development. It helps make development easier.

Programmers who are used to starting with a blank screen and a command line often dismiss an IDE as a slow, bogged-down waste of time. However, I have never failed to see any of those coders change their tune after working in Visual Studio. It’s quick, easy to use, agile, and smart.

It’s true that you don’t have to use an IDE to program, but if you’re going to use one, it should be Visual Studio. It was purposely built to write C# code, and it’s made to construct Windows programs. (Sales pitch over — Microsoft, I’ll take my ...

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