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C# Environment Setup

Integrated Development Environment

An IDE is a tool that helps you write programs and build them. Visual Studio is an IDE provided by Microsoft for the development on C#, F#, Visual Basic and many other programming languages. Visual Studio is a commercial product by Microsoft, So you have to purchase a license to use Microsoft Visual Studio. However, there is a free version of Microsoft Visual Studio known as Microsoft Visual Studio Express for educational purpose. Download and Install Express from www.visualstudio.com . I will be using Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 for all the C# Tutorials.

C# can be used for web based, windows based or console based application development. To start with, we will create a console application of C#.

Create a C# Project by click on File->New Project on the top left side of the menu.

Create a C# Console Based Application
Create a C# Console Based Application

A “New Project” window will be shown on your screen, Select Visual C# from templates (right column) and select console application from middle column

Select Project Template
Select Project Template

In the name, give any appropriate name to your project, location where you want to store all the project files and solution name.

Click OK to create the console project. Program.cs will be created as default, In this file you can write your C# code in program class as shown below.

C# Console Program
C# Console Program

In such way you can create a console application using Visual Studio.

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