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Getting Started with Visual Studio
You can use several methods to become familiar with Visual Studio, whether you have used other versions of the product or are new to the product.
If you have used earlier versions of Visual Studio, the following topics are a good way to learn more about this version and get you up and running quickly.
For a comprehensive list of new features, see An Overview of Visual Studio.
Migrating Existing Applications
With each release, some tools and technologies are replaced with better methods for achieving your programming goals. As a result, applications created by using an earlier version of Visual Studio might have to be updated in order to load and build correctly with the current version of Visual Studio.
For applications created by using
Visual Studio Web designer
If you are new to .NET programming or Visual Studio, the following topics are a good place to start familiarizing yourself with the product.
Visual Studio Walkthroughs
Walkthroughs guide you through the completion of a task using Visual Studio. Use walkthroughs to become familiar with the product and see how the various technologies can be used together.
Describes the process for creating an MFC-based rich client application.
Describes the process for creating a Web-based application integrated with business-object components written for Visual Basic, Visual C#, or C++.
Describes the process for creating an XML Web service that uses Visual Basic or C#, C++, or ATL Server, and then using the XML Web service from an application.
Lists walkthroughs that illustrate how to use Visual Web Developer to create Web sites.
For additional walkthroughs, see Visual Studio Walkthroughs.