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Start Here!™ Fundamentals of Microsoft® .NET Programming by Rod Stephens

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Visual Studio

Visual Studio is an IDE available from Microsoft. Visual Studio provides support for several languages, including C#, Visual Basic, C/C++, and F#. Although it is possible to write and compile programs in those languages without Visual Studio, it’s a lot of work without a lot of benefit. If you’re using a Start Here! book to learn how to use one of these languages, then you will be using Visual Studio extensively.

Visual Studio provides support for building console applications (those that read and write text from a simple text window), Microsoft Windows services that run in the background even if no user is logged in, Windows Forms applications (similar to those you typically see on Windows systems), websites, web applications, and ...

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