INTRODUCTION

THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, Visual Studio has incorporated the latest advances in Microsoft’s premier programming languages (Visual Basic and C#) and this version is no different. But alongside support for language features, is also continuing support for developers. In theory, it is possible to create any .NET application using tools as simple as Notepad and a command-line window. But the typical developer would never think to do so. The tools and utilities that come with Visual Studio do more to increase the productivity of developers than any other single piece of software currently available. Visual Studio 2012 is no different from previous versions in this respect. It includes a host of improvements and new features that are aimed at making the life of a developer easier.

Visual Studio 2012 is an enormous product no matter which way you look at it. It can be intimidating to newcomers and difficult for even experienced .NET developers to find what they need. And that’s where this book comes in. Professional Visual Studio 2012 looks at every major aspect of this developer tool, showing you how to harness each feature and offering advice about how best to utilize the various components effectively. It shows you the building blocks that make up Visual Studio 2012, breaking the user interface down into manageable chunks for you to understand. It then expands on each of these components with additional details about exactly how they work both in isolation and in conjunction ...

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