C# - Visual Studio IDE

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 is a suite of tools for creating software, from the planning phase through UI design, coding, testing, debugging, analyzing code quality and performance, deploying to customers, and gathering telemetry on usage. These tools are designed to work together as seamlessly as possible, and are all exposed through the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

You can use Visual Studio to create many kinds of applications, from simple store apps and games for mobile clients, to large, complex systems that power enterprises and data centers. You can create

  • apps and games that run not only on Windows, but also Android and iOS.
  • websites and web services based on ASP.NET, JQuery, AngularJS, and other popular frameworks
  • applications for platforms and devices as diverse as Azure, Office, Sharepoint, Hololens, Kinect, and Internet of Things, to name just a few examples
  • games and graphics-intensive applications for a variety of Windows devices, including Xbox, using DirectX.

games and graphics-intensive applications for a variety of Windows devices, including Xbox, using DirectX.

Visual Studio Setup

You can find out which edition of Visual Studio is right for you at Visual Studio Editions.

You can install Visual Studio 2015 by downloading it from Visual Studio Downloads. If you need to know more about the installation process, see Installing Visual Studio 2015.

IDE Basics

The following image shows the Visual Studio IDE with an open project, and the Solution Explorer window for navigating in the project files, and the Team Explorer window for navigating source control and work item tracking. The features in the title bar that are called out are explained below in more detail.