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Learning C# 2005, 2nd Edition by Brian MacDonald, Jesse Liberty

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Inside the Integrated Development Environment

The Visual Studio 2005 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is centered around an editor. An editor is much like a word processor, except that it produces simple text (that is, text with no formatting, such as bold and italics). All source code files are simple text files.

The Visual Studio 2005 IDE also provides support for building Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs ) , which are integral to Windows and web projects. The following pages introduce some of the key features of the IDE.

The IDE is a Multiple Document Interface (MDI ) application. There is a main window, and within the main window are a number of smaller windows. The central window is the text editing window. Figure 2-3 shows the basic layout.

The IDE

Figure 2-3. The IDE

To the left of the editing window are a number of tabbed windows that contain tools used when creating Windows and web applications. To the right of the editing window are both stacked and tabbed windows. Shown on top is the Solution Explorer , which allows you to examine and manipulate the files in the solution. Below the Solution Explorer are two tabbed windows: Dynamic Help and Properties . The Properties window is used extensively when creating web and Windows desktop applications. Dynamic help will examine what you are doing and offer help on related topics.

At the bottom of the IDE are five tabbed ...

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