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Visual C#

C# (pronounced "C sharp") is a programming language that is designed for building a variety of applications that run on the .NET Framework. C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. The many innovations in C# enable rapid application development while retaining the expressiveness and elegance of C-style languages.

Visual C# is an implementation of the C# language by Microsoft. Visual Studio supports Visual C# with a full-featured code editor, compiler, project templates, designers, code wizards, a powerful and easy-to-use debugger, and other tools. The .NET Framework class library provides access to many operating system services and other useful, well-designed classes that speed up the development cycle significantly.

Getting Started with Visual C#

Introduces the features of C# 3.0 for programmers who are new to the language or are new to Visual Studio, and provides a roadmap for finding Help about Visual Studio. This is also where "How Do I" pages are located.

Using the Visual C# IDE

Introduces the Visual C# development environment.

Writing Applications with Visual C#

Provides a high-level orientation that explains common programming tasks by using C# and the .NET Framework, with links to more detailed documentation.

Migrating to Visual C#

Compares the C# language to Java and C++ and describes how to use the Java Language Conversion Assistant to convert Java and Visual J++ applications to Visual C#.

C# Programming Guide

Provides information and practical examples about how to use C# language constructs.

C# Reference

Provides detailed reference information about C# programming concepts, keywords, types, operators, attributes, preprocessor directives, compiler switches, compiler errors, and compiler warnings.

C# Language Specification

Links to the latest version of the C# Specifications in Microsoft Word format.

Visual C# Samples

Provides sample source code that demonstrates how to program by using Visual C#.

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