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Using the Visual C# Development Environment

The Visual C# integrated development environment (IDE) is a collection of development tools exposed through a common user interface. Some of the tools are shared with other Visual Studio languages, and some, such as the C# compiler, are unique to Visual C#. This topic provides links to the most important Visual C# tools.



Walkthrough: Explore the Visual Studio IDE with C# or Visual Basic

Provides an overview of many of the features and tools included in Visual Studio for application development.

Creating Solutions and Projects

Describes how to create a project that contains all the source code files, resource files such as icons, references to external files, and configuration data such as compiler settings.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Visual Studio

Describes the default keyboard shortcut schemes.

Writing Code in the Code and Text Editor

Describes Visual Studio tools that help you modify and manipulate text, code, and markup, insert and configure controls and other objects and namespaces, and add references to external components and resources.

Visual C# IntelliSense

Provides links to topics that describe Visual C#–specific features, such as automatic code generation and IntelliSense for most recently used members.

Visual C# Code Snippets

Provides an overview of using Code Snippets in Visual C# to automatically add common code constructs to your application

Writing Code in the Code and Text Editor

Provides links to procedures about how to use the Find and Replace window, Bookmarks, and the Task List and Error List to locate lines of code.

Viewing the Structure of Code

Explains how to browse hierarchies of classes, class members, and resources.

How to: Add an Application Configuration File to a C# Project

Describes how to add a configuration file (app.config) to a C# project.

Metadata as Source

Describes how the IDE enables you to view metadata as source code.

Refactoring (C#)

Lists refactoring operations that help you modify your code without changing the behavior of your application.

Building Applications in Visual Studio

Explains how to configure debug, release, and special builds of your Visual Studio solution.

Debugging in Visual Studio

Describes how to run the Visual Studio Debugger to resolve logic and semantic errors.

Managing Application Resources

Shows how to add or edit resources for your project, such as strings, images, icons, audio, and files.

Choosing a Deployment Strategy

Compares different Visual Studio deployment technologies, such as ClickOnce and Windows Installer.

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