Chapter 2. Getting Ready

You need to prepare yourselves before you can start to learn C#. In this chapter, you'll install the development tools you need: Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server, both of which are available as paid-for and free editions. You will use Visual Studio 2010 throughout this book and SQL Server in Parts IV and V of this book when you look at data and databases and user interfaces. You'll also install the latest version of the Silverlight tools, which you'll need for Chapter 35.

Once the tools are installed, I'll show you how to create the traditional Hello World application to demonstrate how to create, compile, and execute a simple project with Visual Studio.

Installing the Software

Before you can start exploring C# and the .NET ...

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