Microsoft Visual Studio – Introduction

You can use Visual Studio to build Windows Store apps, desktop apps, mobile apps, ASP.NET web apps, and XML web services. You can write code in Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual F#, and JavaScript, and create mixed-language solutions more easily.
Overview Visual Studio

By completing this walkthrough, you’ll become familiar with many of the tools, dialog boxes, and designers that you can use when you develop applications with Visual Studio. You will do the following things in this tutorial:

1) Welcome application.
2) Design the UI of application
3) How to write code
4) Debug errors

You will learn more about working in the integrated development environment (IDE).
When you start Visual Studio for the first time, you must choose a settings combination that applies a set of pre-defined customizations to the IDE. Each settings combination has been designed to make it easier for you to develop applications


The interface contains three windows: a main window, Solution Explorer, and the Properties window.
Following items appear in Solution Explorer:


There are several shortcuts/functions that will make VS a real pleasure:

  • CTRL (and) SPACE, which forces IntelliSense to open.
  • CTRL (and) ., which opens the menu if VS shows an option point (this will happen if a namespace is missing or if we rename a variable).
  • F5, to build and start debugging.
  • CTRL (and) F5, to build and execute without debugging.
  • F6, just build.
  • F10, to jump to the next line within the current function (step over) when debugging.
  • F11, to jump to the line in the next or current function (step into) when debugging.
  • F12, to go to the definition of the identifier at the caret’s position.
  • SHIFT (and) F12, to find all references of the identifier at the caret’s position.
  • CTRL (and) +, searches the whole project for a given symbol.