Chapter 1

A Quick Tour


  • Installing and getting started with Visual Studio 2012
  • Creating and running your first application
  • Debugging and deploying an application

Ever since software has been developed, there has been a need for tools to help write, compile, debug, and deploy applications. Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 is the next iteration in the continual evolution of a best-of-breed integrated development environment (IDE).

This chapter introduces the Visual Studio 2012 user experience and shows you how to work with the various menus, toolbars, and windows. It serves as a quick tour of the IDE, and as such it doesn’t go into detail about what settings can be changed or how to go about customizing the layout because these topics are explored in the following chapters.


With each iteration of the Visual Studio product, the installation process has been incrementally improved, meaning that you can get up and running with Visual Studio 2012 with minimal fuss. This section walks you through the installation process and getting started with the IDE.

Installing Visual Studio 2012

When you launch Visual Studio 2012 setup, you’ll see the dialog in Figure 1-1 enabling you to specify the location for the installation. After you have read the licensing information (in great detail, of course), you can click the check box to accept the terms and move to the next screen in the installation sequence. You’ll also notice an option to join the Customer Experience ...

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