CHAPTER 1: A QUICK TOUR
CHAPTER 2: THE SOLUTION EXPLORER, TOOLBOX, AND PROPERTIES
CHAPTER 3: OPTIONS AND CUSTOMIZATIONS
CHAPTER 4: THE VISUAL STUDIO WORKSPACE
CHAPTER 5: FIND AND REPLACE AND HELP
CHAPTER 6: SOLUTIONS, PROJECTS, AND ITEMS
CHAPTER 7: INTELLISENSE AND BOOKMARKS
CHAPTER 8: CODE SNIPPETS AND REFACTORING
CHAPTER 9: SERVER EXPLORER
CHAPTER 10: MODELING WITH THE CLASS DESIGNER
CHAPTER 11: UNIT TESTING
A Quick Tour
Ever since software has been developed, there has been a need for tools to help write, compile, debug , and deploy applications. Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 is the next iteration in the continual evolution of a best-of-breed integrated development environment (IDE).
This chapter introduces the Visual Studio 2012 user experience and shows you how to work with the various menus, toolbars, and windows. It serves as a quick tour of the IDE, and as such it doesn’t go into detail about what settings can be changed or how to go about customizing the layout because these topics are explored in the following chapters.
With each iteration of the Visual Studio product, the installation process has been incrementally improved , meaning that you can get up and running with Visual Studio 2012 with minimal fuss. This section walks you through the installation process and getting started with the IDE.