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Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows. Visual Studio is one stop shop for all applications built on the .Net platform. One can develop, debug and run applications using Visual Studio.

Both Forms-based and web-based applications can be designed and developed using this IDE. The Visual Studio has the below-mentioned features

How to Download and Install Visual Studio

Let's look at the download process of Visual Studio IDE so that we can work with creating programs in the subsequent tutorials.

Step 1) Visual Studio can be downloaded from the following link https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/

Download and Install Visual Studio

You can select

  • Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition
  • Visual Studio 2017 Professional Edition (30 Day Free Trial)

In this tutorial, we will install the Professional Edition

Step 2) Click on the downloaded exe file

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 3) In the next screen, click continue

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 4) Visual Studio will start downloading the initial files. Download speed will vary as per your internet connection.

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 5) In next screen, click install

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 6) In next screen,

Download and Install Visual Studio

  1. Select ".Net desktop development"
  2. Click install

Step 7) Visual Studio will download the relevant files based on the selection in step 6

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 8) Once the download is done, you will be asked to reboot the PC

Download and Install Visual Studio

Step 9) Post reboot, open the Visual Studio IDE

Download and Install Visual Studio

  1. Select a theme of your choice
  2. Click Start Visual Studio

Step 10) In Visual Studio IDE, you can navigate to File menu to create new C# applications.

Download and Install Visual Studio

That’s it to Visual Studio for C# installation.

Visual Studio Key Features

  1. Creation of an application in any .Net language– The Visual Studio IDE can be used to create an application in any .Net language. Hence, a developer can use C#, VB.Net or even F# to develop an application.
  2. Creation of any application type – The Visual Studio IDE can be used to create an application of any type. (Web-based application or Windows Forms-based application).
  3. Debug Applications on the fly – Applications can be tested as they are being built. The IDE allows one to run the program at any point of time during the development process. Hence, a developer can check for any errors during the development phase itself.
  4. Extensions –The IDE has the facility to install third-party extensions. An example can be Subversion, which is used for source code repository management. Subversion is used to upload code to a central repository. This is done so that a copy of the code will always exist. Visual Studio has the facility to integrate with such software from the IDE itself. Hence, a developer can work with code repositories from the IDE itself.

 

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