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Professional Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 Programming by Todd Herman, Gastón Hillar, David McCarter, Rob Windsor, Billy Hollis, Bill Sheldon

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Chapter 1

Visual Studio 2012

What's in this chapter?

Versions of Visual Studio

An introduction to key Visual Basic terms

Targeting a runtime environment

Creating a baseline Visual Basic Windows Form

Project templates

Project properties—application, compilation, debug

Setting properties

IntelliSense, code expansion, and code snippets

Debugging

The Class Designer

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You can work with Visual Basic without Visual Studio. In practice, however, most Visual Basic developers treat the two as almost inseparable; without a version of Visual Studio, you're forced to work from the command line to create project files by hand, to make calls to the associated compilers, and to manually address the tools necessary to build your application. While Visual Basic supports this at the same level as C#, F#, C++, and other .NET languages, this isn't the typical focus of a Visual Basic professional.

Visual Basic's success rose from its increased productivity in comparison to other languages when building business applications. Visual Studio 2012 increases your productivity and provides assistance in debugging your applications and is the natural tool for Visual Basic developers.

Accordingly this book starts off by introducing ...

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