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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 Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications, and apps for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and for accessing services created by the ASP.NET Web API, or web applications with ASP.NET MVC.
This chapter also explores what it takes to build applications that are targeted at .NET Core 1.0 and the .NET Framework 4.6.
Visual Studio 2015 is a fully integrated development environment. It is ...