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Learn to code in Visual Studio

Welcome!

New to Visual Studio or coding in general? 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!

Why learn Visual Studio? Visual Studio empowers you to complete the entire development cycle in one place. For example, you can edit, debug, test, version control, and deploy to the cloud. With the diversity of features and languages in Visual Studio, you can grow from writing your first piece of code to developing in multiple project types. For example, you can build desktop and web apps with .NET, Mobile and gaming apps with C++.

Install Visual Studio

Visual Studio is free for learning and individual use. First please make sure to download and install the latest version of Visual Studio. 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.

Make it your own with themes and more

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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Start a tutorial

  1. Choose an area of development you are most interested in learning
  2. Follow the step-by-step tutorial to gain a basic understanding of building a simple application
  3. Complete your learning by watching the video series and following the recommended beginner guides
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.NET

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

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

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

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Create web app with ASP.NET Core Razor pages

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Machine Learning using ML.NET

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Using ML.NET in Visual Studio train and use your first machine learning model

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Get to know what is ML.NET and its architecture .

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These ML.NET tutorials give you a jump start with building a variety of ML applications from sentiment analysis to price prediction.

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C++

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

Android/iOS apps using C++

Step by step tutorial

Learn to build an app for Android and iOS with Visual Studio C++ and OpenGL ES
Create an Android Native Activity App with Visual Studio C++

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Cross-platform and mobile development with C++
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Game development using C++

Want to jump straight into game development? Learn to build a ‘Shooting Gallery’ using UWP that runs on PC, XBOX and other Windows 10 devices.

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Python

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

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Create your first Python app in using interactive development

Web applications

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Create a Python web app using Visual Studio with Django

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Python & Flask Tutorial

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JavaScript/TypeScript

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.

Web application

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Node.js

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.

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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