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Visual Studio

Although you can use Notepad or a third-party tool, the best way to develop a .NET solution is by using Visual Studio or Visual Studio Express. Visual Studio full version (Professional and upward) comes with extra functionality over the Express edition, as you would expect, but the Express edition is more than ample to get you started. Before working with the examples, you can either download the relevant Express edition language of choice or follow the examples, or if you have the full paid edition, you can set up the environment to replicate the development language you will use most.

You can follow and work the examples using any edition. However, if you have the full edition, then when you install you will be asked which language you wish to set Visual Studio to. I have the full edition, and this is what is demonstrated within the examples; my language of choice is C#. This means that when Visual Studio starts, the templates shown by default will be for Visual C#, as shown in Figure 16-26.


  

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