Microsoft developed Visual Studio .NET (VS.NET) to facilitate the creation of Windows and web applications. You will find that this Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a very powerful tool that will greatly simplify your work.
A modern interface using a tabbed document metaphor for source code and layout screens, and toolbars and informational windows that dock where you want them
Code completion, which allows you to enter code with fewer errors and much less typing
IntelliSense, which pops up help on every method and function call as you type
Dynamic, context-sensitive help, which allows you to view topics and samples relevant to the code you are writing at the moment
Immediate flagging of syntax errors (e.g., missing characters, misplaced braces, etc.), which allows you to fix problems as they are entered
The ability to compile and test programs right in the IDE
A built-in task list to keep track of changes you need to make
A Start Page that provides easy access to new and existing projects
Customization capability, which allows you to set user preferences for IDE appearance and behavior
One VS.NET feature will be so important to you, even as a C# novice, that it actually merits its own chapter: an integrated debugger, which allows you to step through code, observe program run-time behavior, and set breakpoints, even across multiple languages.
In addition to these basic capabilities, VS.NET provides a number of advanced features that will simplify the development process. These features include:
Convenient access to multiple design and code windows
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) visual design of Windows forms and web forms
An HTML editor which provides both Design and HTML views that update each other in real time
A Solution Explorer, which displays all the files comprising your solution (a collection of projects) in a hierarchical format
A Server Explorer, which allows you to log on to servers to which you have network access, access the data and services on those servers, and perform a variety of other chores
Integrated support for source control software
Projects and Solutions :
A typical Visual Studio .NET application can have a number of other files (e.g., assembly information files, references, icons, data connections, etc.). VS.NET organizes these files into a container called a project.
Visual Studio .NET provides two types of containers for your source code, folders, files, and related material: the project and the solution. A project is a set of files that work together to create an executable program (.exe) or a dynamic link library (.dll). Large, complex projects may consist of multiple .dll files called modules.
There are a number of ways to open an existing solution. The simplest way is to select Open Project from the Start menu (which opens a project and its enclosing solution). Alternatively, you can open a solution in Visual Studio .NET just by double-clicking the .sln file in Windows Explorer.
Typically, the build process results in the contents of a project being compiled into an executable (.exe) file or a dynamic link library (.dll) file.
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