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In Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training, author Walt Ritscher demonstrates how to use Visual Studio 2010 Professional to develop full-featured applications targeting a variety of platforms. Starting with an overview of the integrated developer environment, the course covers working with code editors, navigating and formatting code, and deploying applications. Also included are tutorials on running performance and load tests, and debugging code. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here's an amazing fact. The .NET framework has over 140 languages that can be used to write applications. You heard me correctly--140 languages. Visual Studio contains about 14 built-in editors. A code editor is a window that lets you write code. A good editor assists you by including autocompletion tools, syntax checkers and re-factoring tools. There are editors in Visual Studio for all the major Microsoft languages. C# and Visual Basic are two of the most popular .NET languages, and both have superb editors available.
If you are a C++ programmer or are interested in the new F# language, you will find editors for those languages too. Visual Studio is extensible, so third parties can create Editors and plug them into the IDE. Microsoft has taken that route and created editors for their IronPython and IronRuby languages. On this screen is a list of all of the default editors included in Visual Studio. One of my favorite editors is down near the bottom, the XAML Editor. That's the one I use when I am creating WPF or Silverlight applications.
I don't know about you, but I think using a language is more exciting than talking about it. So let's move onto the next movie, where I will show you how to work with the code editors.
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