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Now that you’ve spent some time learning what C# is and how it fits into the .NET Framework, it’s time to get your hands dirty and write some code. You use Visual Studio 2015 (VS) throughout this book, so the first thing to do is have a look at some of the basics of this development environment.
Visual Studio is an enormous and complicated product, and it can be daunting to first-time users, but using it to create basic applications can be surprisingly simple. As you start to use Visual Studio in this chapter, you will see that you don’t need to know a huge amount about it to begin playing with C# code. Later in the book you’ll see some of the more complicated operations that Visual Studio can perform, but for now a basic working knowledge is all that is required.
After you’ve looked at the IDE, you put together two simple applications. You don’t need to worry too much about the code in these for now; you just want to prove that things work. By working through the application-creation procedures in these early examples, ...