2. Dive Into® Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Seeing is believing.

—Proverb

Form ever follows function.

—Louis Henri Sullivan

Intelligence ...is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.

—Henri-Louis Bergson

Objectives

In this chapter you’ll learn:

• The basics of the Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for writing, running and debugging your apps.

• Visual Studio’s help features.

• Key commands contained in the IDE’s menus and toolbars.

• The purpose of the various kinds of windows in the Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop IDE.

• What visual app development is and how it simplifies and speeds app development.

• Use visual app development ...

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