Introducing the New IDE

If your main programming experience has been in Visual Basic 6.0 or earlier, the new Visual Studio .NET IDE will seem a little alien to you. As an evolution from the previous version of Visual Studio, the interface has more in common with Visual C++ 6.0 than with Visual Basic, but all of the features you need (and more) are there. When you first fire it up, Visual Studio will attempt to customize itself based on your background and preferences by asking you to select the appropriate “profile.” The choices include several that may be useful for a Visual Basic developer, such as the aptly named ”Visual Basic Developer” profile or even the “Visual InterDev Developer” profile. The real trick is to make sure you choose the ...

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