This chapter explains and demonstrates the features and capabilities of the Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE). The first section talks about the basics of the IDE. You will learn how to customize the Help system, lay out the keyboard according to your preferences, maximize your viewable area, and get a basic understanding of developer profiles. In addition, we will explore the different tool windows within the IDE.
In the next section, we will discuss how to work with different document types. You will learn how to enhance the text editor, edit HTML files, binary files, Extensible Markup Language (XML) files, and how to find help where you need it.
Finally, the chapter will explain how to use external tools within the Visual Studio .NET environment. You will learn how to define your own tools and launch them from within the IDE.
WHAT YOU NEED
THE VISUAL STUDIO .NET IDE AT A GLANCE