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Integrated Development Environment for Visual Studio 

Visual Studio provides the tools you need to design, develop, debug, and deploy Web applications, XML Web Services, and traditional client applications. This section shows you how you can use Visual Studio to accomplish each of these steps in the development process.

In This Section

Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files

Information about the best ways to create and manage solutions and projects, as well as information on miscellaneous files and storage-based and reference-based projects.

Editing Code and Resource Files

Information on programming practices, as well as editing code, HTML, XML, and styles.

Building, Debugging, and Testing

Information about breakpoints, handling exceptions, edit and continue, as well as fine-tuning your application.

Deploying Applications and Components

Information about creating setup executables, packaging files, and publishing Web sites.

Customizing and Automating the Development Environment

Information about creating Add-Ins, customizing the appearance and behavior of the integrated development environment (IDE), and reference topics.

Source Control for Visual Studio

Information about the source code control features available in Visual Studio.

Reference (Visual Studio)

Includes user interface reference, language reference, error message, and other reference topics that apply to all products hosted within the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).

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