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At this point, you should be familiar with the C# language and almost ready to move on to the applied sections of the book, which cover how to use C# to program a variety of applications. Before doing that, however, it’s important to understand how you can use Visual Studio and some of the features provided by the .NET environment to get the best from your programs.
This chapter explains what programming in the .NET environment means in practice. It covers Visual Studio, the main development environment in which you will write, compile, debug, and optimize your C# programs, and provides guidelines for writing good applications. Visual Studio is the main IDE used for numerous purposes, including writing ASP.NET applications, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications, Windows Store apps accessing WCF services or the Web API, and more.
This chapter also explores what it takes to build applications that are targeted at the .NET Framework 4.5. Working with Visual Studio 2012 enables you to work with the latest application types, such as WPF, the Windows Communication Foundation ...