Chapter 2: Using the Interface

In This Chapter

check.png Using the Designer

check.png Exploring Solution Explorer

check.png Coding with Code View

check.png Using the Tools menu

Integrated Development Environments, or IDEs, are the Swiss army knife of the programmer’s toolkit. IDEs provide a mechanism for storing program code, organizing and building it, and looking at finished products with design editors. IDEs make things happen and, in the bargain, cut hours from a task.

Visual Studio is becoming truly globally recognized as the cream of the crop of IDEs, even by Microsoft detractors. I know Python programmers who will rail on Windows all day while surfing their Linux box and then switch to a Windows partition to use Visual Studio to code with IRONPython in Visual Studio.

Visual Studio is impressive; it is massive. I wrote a book with David Deloveh at the turn of the century (heh!) that attempted to cover all Visual Studio features. It was 600 pages. The major complaint by readers: too short. Didn’t cover enough. Visual Studio is twice as large now. It’s far too big for a single chapter.

So, rather than try to cover ...

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