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Knowing Visual Studio for absolute beginners

Today we will be discussing Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft Visual Studio has a very important role in making developers’ life easy and it is irritating to work on other IDE’s if someone like me is addicted to Visual Studio environment. This is a very big topic that will be covered in many articles but if you are looking for the very basics then you have come to the right place.

So let’s get started with familiarizing ourselves with MS Visual Studio 2013

Programming Languages Support:

If you have VS 2013 Ultimate installed, go to “file” in menu bar, select “New” and then select “New project”; you will see variety of languages in which you can work and complete your work.

Some of them are:

Project Types:

For every single language you have multiple types of projects that help programmers by auto generating code structure. For example, for Visual C#, you can make:

Once you have selected you desired programming language and its project type, you have to enter project name, location and solution name. “Location” indicates the path on your storage device where your project will reside and “Solution name” is the name of workspace (called solution here) in which you can make multiple projects. Once all the information is entered, click “ok” so that visual studio will set your working environment ready according to your selected options.

Solution Explorer:

Now your screen is divided into multiple blocks. The main area (text editor) is the area where you write code. You have “Solution Explorer” on the right side; if not, go to “View” and select “Solution Explorer” or press “Ctrl + Alt + L” in windows. “Solution Explorer” has the complete directory and file wise view of your project. That is, the top most thing is your solution (workspace) under which there are projects and under projects there are files of that project.

Whenever you add file in your project without visual studio, that is using file explorer, you have to refresh the solution explorer.

By right clicking on the project you can see a list of options including:


Inside the Text Editor:

Now in the code area you can do many things, out of which few are listed below:

MS Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools

Productivity Power Tools is a set of extensions for visual studio professional and above to improves developers’ productivity. You can download it here. Once you have installed it, you will find it under “Tools”, under “Options” and under “Productivity Power Tools”. It has about 19 different extensions in it. Few of them are listed below:

This is it for today. I hope you will find this article helpful. For any queries, please comment.
Thank you for reading.

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