Visual Studio .NET is a full-featured IDE that provides all sorts of productivity tools for developing .NET applications, both for the Windows desktop and for the Web. These features include:
A Start page, which allows you to set user preferences for IDE behavior and provides easy access to new and existing projects.
Dynamic, context-sensitive help, which allows you to view topics and samples relevant to your current selection. You can also search the MSDN library from within the IDE.
IntelliSense technology and code completion, which allow you to enter code with fewer errors and much less typing. Syntax errors are flagged immediately, allowing you to fix problems as they are entered.
The tabbed document interface, which provides convenient access to multiple design and code windows.
All the languages use the same code editor for a shortened learning curve. Each language can have specialized features, but all benefit from features such as incremental search, code outlining, collapsing text, line numbering, and color-coded keywords.
The HTML editor, which provides both Design and HTML views that update each other in real time.
The Solution Explorer, which displays all the files comprising your solution (which is a collection of projects) in a hierarchical, visual manner.
The integrated Debugger, which allows you to set breakpoints and step through code, even across multiple languages.
All of these features, and more, will be covered in subsequent ...