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New to Visual Studio?

Learning a new development tool can be overwhelming. Take this step-by-step learning journey at your own pace to successfully create a simple app in any language of your choice. Let’s get started!

Install Visual Studio

First please make sure to open your Visual Studio download and install. You can save installation time and disk space by selecting just the components needed. You can always incrementally add more components later at any time as needed.

Getting started with Visual Studio IDE

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To develop any type of app or learn a language, you’ll be working in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Beyond code editing, Visual Studio IDE brings together graphical designers, compilers, code completion tools, source control, extensions and many more features in one place.

Watch this short video to get familiar with the IDE and to learn how to use it for basic tasks.

You can personalize the Visual Studio IDE in various ways to best support your own development style and requirements.

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Prefer dark theme? Want to change the layout of windows to your liking? Have favorite keyboard shortcuts?

Check out this short video where we walk you through some cool personalization options like themes, fonts, window layout, and custom keyboard shortcuts available in Visual Studio.

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C++, C, and assembly language development tools and libraries are available as part of Visual Studio on Windows. You can use C++ in Visual Studio to create anything from simple console to Windows desktop apps, from device drivers and operating system components to cross-platform games for mobile devices, and from small IoT devices to multi-server computing in the Azure cloud.

Desktops apps

Step by step tutorial

Let’s get started with something simple. Begin your learning by creating a console calculator app

Additional Guides

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Using Visual Studio and .NET, you can develop applications for desktop, web, mobile, games, and IoT. You can write .NET apps in C#, F# or Visual Basic language.

Desktop development using .NET Core

Step-by-step tutorial

To start simple, create a Windows console app with .NET Core. Also learn how to debug and publish

Ready to do more? Here’s another .NET Core step-by-step tutorial to follow along and learn:

Web/Cloud development using ASP.NET Core

Step by step tutorial

Create web app with ASP.NET Core Razor pages

Machine Learning using ML.NET

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Visual Studio provides rich support for JavaScript development, both using JavaScript directly, and also using the  TypeScript, an open-source language which builds on JavaScript and is often used in large size web app development.

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Visual Studio has built in tools for Node.js which is a platform for building fast and scalable server applications using JavaScript. Node.js is the runtime and  npm is the Package Manager for Node.js modules. Learn what makes Visual Studio a powerful node.js development environment.

Web/Cloud development with Node.js tools

Create a web app in Visual Studio using Node.js tools with Express web app framework

React Web UI

React is a popular JavaScript library developed by Facebook for building web application user interfaces. Create a simple web app using Node.js tools in Visual Studio with React. Join Node.js Tools for Visual Studio community on GitHub

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Visual Studio is a powerful IDE for Python language through its built-in Python Development and Data Science workloads. Python is a popular, easy to learn, free to use programming language with many free libraries. In Visual Studio, use Python to build web applications, web services, desktop apps, scripting, and scientific computing. It is used by many universities, scientists, casual, and professional developers alike.

Data Science and Analytical applications

Step by step tutorial

Create your first Python app using interactive development

Desktop app

Web applications

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