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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Getting Started with the Basics

Broadly speaking, a Visual Studio editor is a text editor (think word processor) that enables you to write specific output efficiently (Visual Basic code, Hypertext Markup Language [HTML], XAML, and so on). A designer, in contrast, is a visual editor that enables you to work directly with visual concepts instead of text. Many document types are supported by both designers and editors: you can build a form, for instance, by using the drag-and-drop convenience of the Windows Forms Designer or by handcrafting the code within a text editor; or you can build an XML file using the same mechanisms.

The Visual Studio text editor provides the core text-editing functionality for all the editors. This functionality is then ...

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