2.2. Overview of the Visual Studio 2005 IDE

There are many versions of Visual Studio available. The book’s examples are based on the Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition, which supports only the Visual Basic programming language. Microsoft also offers a full version of Visual Studio 2005, which includes support for other languages in addition to Visual Basic, such as Visual C# and Visual C++. Our screen captures and discussions focus on the IDE of the Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition. We assume that you have some familiarity with Windows.

Again, we use fonts to distinguish between IDE features (such as menu names and menu items) and other elements that appear in the IDE. We emphasize IDE features in a sans-serif bold Helvetica font (e.g., ...

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