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What is the best way to learn Visual Studio?

by tek-tips2007 / April 2, 2009 5:40 AM PDT

I am an energy engineer, so my exposure to software is limited. I have started designing web pages (data driven), out of the need to create web energy reports. I used asp and vb scripting. In the process, I have discovered that I like programming. Now I need to take myself to the next level (since asp is kind of outdated). I would like to start learning Visual Studio and the .NET technology. I would like to learn how to develop web and windows applications. Most of the things I know, I have taught myself. My problem now is that the .NET and Visual Sudio knowledge base is so huge, that I don't know where to start. Best method for me to learn, is if you show me a compelete project, I can then grasp most of the concepts. So I learn best by examples.

Do you have any suggestions on the easiest way to start learning Visual Studio?. What software to download? I guess I need to download the free trial software first. I just need a place to start..

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 1:31 AM PDT

I didn't have the luxury of the trial versions as I sell my Windows Mobile applications. So a grand later I have my Visual Studio 2008 and am trying each system out to get to my WinMo application.

In the end I settled on C# and it's working nicely. The demo version of my app is out and we'll see where we go to next.

Me? Just a grizzled old embedded electronics designer with a boatload of assembler, Pascal, C, Fortran and other programs done and done. The leap to C# is not that hard.

Dive in. Swim. Take big strokes.

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Visual .NET
by D Hollatz / June 28, 2009 4:35 AM PDT

I believe you will find the MS Visual Studio.NET "Express" versions are not trial version, rather full functioning and free. There are also several sample projects that are provided and available. I found some pretty good video tutorials also at no cost.

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Not ful featured.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2009 12:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Visual .NET

I was not able to create my application for Windows Mobile using the Express versions.

Did you try that?

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