With the help of Visual Studio you can create software, using complete development life cycle, containing planning phase, UI design, coding, testing, debugging, analyzing code quality and performance, deploying to customers, and gathering telemetry on usage. Many applications can be created using Visual Studio including but not limited to following:
- 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.
For anyone still using Visual Studio 2015 or would like to start with Visual Studio 2015, I will explain in this article basic installation and set steps.
Part 1: Installing Visual Studio
- You can download Visual Studio by downloading it from Visual Studio Downloads. If you need any help regarding installation process, you can learn more by visiting Microsoft Developer Network website.
- Now that you have downloaded the Visual Studio installer, you can double click on it and start initializing the setup.
3. It shows you the location where the Visual Studio IDE is going to be installed and the different types of installs available. Let’s start with the default install option that is pre-selected. You can also select custom install. A custom install will show you a list of feature that you can include in your install.
4. Click on Install. Installing Visual Studio might take a while.
Part 2: Launch Visual Studio IDE
1. After Installing Visual Studio and once your computer has restarted, you can now launch Visual Studio IDE for the very first time. Type visual studio into your search menu and then click on it.
2. You need to sign in with your outlook account. Type in your email address and password.
3. Click on Sign in.
4. Once you have signed in, you will be presented with your full name, contact email, region and the option to create a team service site. You can do whatever as per your needs but for now click on Continue.
5. Let’s start with the default theme and click on Start Visual Studio.
6. Visual Studio has got a start up page made up of how to start a project by starting a new project, opening an existing project or opening it from source control.
7 . In the middle of the page, there is Discover Visual Studio Community resources. This consists bunch of resources that could help you get started.
8. To the right, we have a solution explorer.
9. At the bottom of the page, there is an output window.
10. In the top right corner, there is notification icon, send feedback icon and the quick launch search box. Notification provides you with any extension or product updates.
11.Feedback is a great way of telling how we are doing.
12. Quick launch is a fast way to access menus and features in Visual Studio.
Part 3: Create a New Project
1. Go to Start Page and select New Project.
2. Select Web under Templates.
3.Select ASP.NET Web Application.
4. Assign it suitable name.
5. Click on OK.
6. Select an empty template.
7. Click OK.
8. We have created our very first Visual Studio Project !
If you want to find out about new features in Visual Studio, see What’s New in Visual Studio Also, you can visit following pages that will help you get started coding:
- Make web apps
- Make cross-platform mobile apps in C# or Visual Basic (Xamarin)
- Make native cross-platform apps and libraries in C++
- Make games with DirectX
- Make games with Unity
- Make Universal Windows Platform apps
- Make desktop applications
- Make Office applications
- Tour Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server