Chapter 1. A Quick Tour of Visual Studio 2005

First encounters with a new programming tool can be tricky. You’re often left feeling uneasy and alienated from your comfort zone. Let’s face it; most of us are just starting to feel we’ve mastered the current tools and languages when along comes the next big wave. We’re promised new levels of productivity; we’re tempted by a sleek-looking Interactive Development Environment (IDE) and a set of cool new features. When the buzz finally becomes deafening, we pop in the freshly burned DVD only to quickly feel lost before even starting the exploration.

If you’ve been doing this very long, you’ve come to expect a new release the ...

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