Chapter 2. Building C# Applications

As a C# programmer, you may choose among numerous tools to build .NET applications. The point of this chapter is to provide a tour of various .NET development options, including, of course, Visual Studio 2008. The chapter opens, however, with an examination of working with the C# command-line compiler, csc.exe, and the simplest of all text editors, the Notepad application that ships with the Microsoft Windows OS.

Once you become comfortable compiling assemblies "IDE-free," you will then examine various lightweight editors (such as TextPad and Notepad++) that allow you to author C# source code files and interact with the compiler in a slightly more sophisticated manner.

While you could work through this entire ...

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