Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade

Introduction to the Microsoft .NET Framework

Which Language Is Right for You?

Introduction to Microsoft Visual Studio

Selecting a Version of Microsoft Visual Studio

Other Tools to Make You More Productive

Learning to be a .NET Programmer

Resources for the New .NET Programmer

Build or Buy: Using Third-Party Components

Chapter Summary

When you build custom tasks, you are building software. And, as with anything that you decide to build, you are going to need some tools before you can start.

It's an exciting time to be in the software-building business. Thanks in part to the open-source movement, you can dip your toes into the development pool without having to lay out a lot of money first. However, if you decide ...

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