Your First Application: Take One

With the .NET Framework installation in place, we’re ready to develop our first .NET application. But wait a minute... where are the development tools to make our lives easy? That’s right, for just this once, we’ll lead a life without development tools and go the hardcore route of Notepad-type editors and command-line compilation to illustrate that .NET development is not tightly bound to the use of specific tools like Visual Studio 2012. Later in this chapter, we get our feet back on the ground and explore the Visual Studio 2012 tooling support, which will become your habitat as a .NET developer moving forward.

Note: The Power of Notepad and the Command Line

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