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Visual studio Environment

Overview of the VS.NET IDE

  • Single IDE for all Languages.
  • Server Explorer
    • Event Viewer, Message Queues, Services
    • SQL Databases, Data Connection, Etc.
  • Integrated IE Browser
  • HTML/XML Editors
  • Dynamic Help
  • Common Forms Editor
    • VB.NET, C++, and C#
  • User creates a new project in Visual Studio
  • A solution and a folder are created at the same time with the same name as the project
  • The project belongs to the solution
  • Multiple projects can be included in a solution
  • Solution
  • Contains several folders that define an application’s structure
  • Solution files have a file suffix of .sln
  • Project: contains files for a part of the solution
  • Project file is used to create an executable application
  • Every project has a type (Console, Windows, etc.)
  • Every project has an entry point: A Sub procedure named Main or a Form

Visual Studio .NET IDE Environment

Visual Studio 2008

Creating Project

Create Project
Create Project
  • By default, the Visual Studio .NET IDE assigns the name WindowsApplication1 to the new project and solution.
  • The Visual Studio Projects folder in the My Documents folder is the default folder referenced when Visual Studio .NET is executed for the first time.
  • Programmers can change both the name of the project and the location where it is created.
New Form Application

Menu bar and Toolbar

  • File:- Contains commands for opening projects, closing projects, printing project data,
  • etc.
  • Edit: – Contains commands such as cut, paste, find, undo, etc.
  • View: – Contains commands for displaying IDE windows and toolbars.
  • Project: – Contains commands for managing a project and its files.
  • Build: – Contains commands for compiling a program.
  • Debug: – Contains commands for debugging (i.e., identifying and correcting problems in a program) and running a program.
  • Data: – Contains commands for interacting with databases.
  • Tools: – Contains commands for accessing additional IDE tools and options that enable customization of the IDE.
  • Windows: – Contains commands for arranging and displaying windows.
  • Help: – Contains commands for accessing the IDE’s help features.

The IDE provides windows for accessing project files and customizing controls.

These windows can be accessed via the toolbar icons or by selecting the name of the desired window from the View menu.

The Toolbox window contains controls used to customize forms. Programmers can “drag and drop” controls onto the form.

New Form


The Properties window displays the properties for a form or control. Properties specify information such as size, color and position.

Label Properties
Button Properties

Solution Explorer

Executing your project

Help Menu

The Help menu contains a variety of commands, which are summarized in the following table.

  • Contents Displays a categorized table of contents in which help articles are organized by topic.
  • Index Displays an alphabetized list of topics through which the programmer can browse.
  • Search Allows programmers to find help articles based on search keywords.

Help Menu- Dynamic Help

Help Menu


In C# .NET the code you create is organized using different layers of grouping :

Solutions : contain one or more projects.

Projects : contain more than one file.


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