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Essential C# 6.0 by Eric Lippert, Mark Michaelis

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A. Downloading and Installing the C# Compiler and CLI Platform

To compile and run C# programs, it is necessary to install a version of the compiler and the CLI platform.

Microsoft .NET for Windows

The predominant CLI platform is Microsoft .NET, which is the platform of choice for development on Microsoft Windows.

For a rich IDE that includes IntelliSense and support for project files, install a version of the Visual Studio IDE. The “Community Edition” of Visual Studio 2015 is free and contains everything you need to make server applications, rich client applications, and cross-platform mobile applications. This edition, along with other editions of Visual Studio, is available at http://visualstudio.com.

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