2.4. C# Tools

This section explores some of the tools provided with the .NET SDK that can improve your C# programming productivity.

2.4.1. Visual Studio .NET

Microsoft provides an IDE for fast and productive development with C#. Visual Studio .NET is an IDE for doing .NET development with Visual Basic, Visual C++, and C#. Figure 2.1 shows the start screen of Visual Studio .NET.

Figure 2.1. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Start Screen

Typically, IDEs are helpful when you have a lot of files to compile, and so you would group them into projects. Therefore, let's start a new project.

Step 1

Click on the New menu option under the File menu item.

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