The Visual Studio product family shares a single integrated development environment (IDE) that is composed of several elements: the Menu bar, Standard toolbar, various tool windows docked or auto-hidden on the left, bottom, and right sides, as well as the editor space. The tool windows, menus, and toolbars available depend on the type of project or file you are working in.
The first thing you do when you want to create a new application is to create a new project.
This can be done from the Start Page:
Or from the File menu:
Then the “New Project” window appears:
In this window, you will select an appropriate template based on what kind of application you
want to create, and a name and location for your project and solution.
The most common applications are:
• Windows Form Application
• Console Application
• WPF Application
• ASP.NET Web Application
• Silverlight Application
Solutions and projects contain items that represent the references, data connections,
folders, and files that you need to create your application. A solution container can contain
multiple projects and a project container typically contains multiple items.
The Toolbox contains all the necessary controls, etc. you need to create your user interface.
See Figure below
Editors and Designers
Visual Studio has different editors and design tools.
Graphical User Interface Designer:
Each control we have on our user interface has lots of Properties we can set.
This is done in the Properties window:
Build and Debug Tools
In Visual Studio we have lots of Build and Debugging Tools.
Below we see the Build menu:
The most used tool is “Build Solution” (Shortcut Key: F6).
Below we see the Debug menu:
The most used tool is “Start Debugging” (Shortcut Key: F5).