C# (pronounced "C sharp") is a programming language that is designed for building a variety of applications that run on the .NET Framework. C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. The many innovations in C# enable rapid application development while retaining the expressiveness and elegance of C-style languages.
Visual C# is an implementation of the C# language by Microsoft. Visual Studio supports Visual C# with a full-featured code editor, compiler, project templates, designers, code wizards, a powerful and easy-to-use debugger, and other tools. The .NET Framework class library provides access to many operating system services and other useful, well-designed classes that speed up the development cycle significantly.
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Getting Started with Visual C#
Introduces the features of C# 3.0 for programmers who are new to the language or are new to Visual Studio, and provides a roadmap for finding Help about Visual Studio. This is also where "How Do I" pages are located.
Using the Visual C# IDE
Introduces the Visual C# development environment.
Writing Applications with Visual C#
Provides a high-level orientation that explains common programming tasks by using C# and the .NET Framework, with links to more detailed documentation.
Migrating to Visual C#
Compares the C# language to Java and C++ and describes how to use the Java Language Conversion Assistant to convert Java and Visual J++ applications to Visual C#.
C# Programming Guide
Provides information and practical examples about how to use C# language constructs.
Provides detailed reference information about C# programming concepts, keywords, types, operators, attributes, preprocessor directives, compiler switches, compiler errors, and compiler warnings.
C# Language Specification
Links to the latest version of the C# Specifications in Microsoft Word format.
Visual C# Samples
Provides sample source code that demonstrates how to program by using Visual C#.
What's New in Visual C#
Describes new features in the Visual C# IDE and compiler.
C# 3.0 Cookbook, Third Edition: More Than 250 Solutions for C# 3.0 Programmers
Introduces C# 3.0 Cookbook and provides links to the following chapters: Delegates, Events, and Lambda Expressions, Security, Threading and Synchronization, and Toolbox.
C# 3.0 Design Patterns: Use the Power of C# 3.0 to Solve Real-World Problems
Introduces C# 3.0 Design Patterns and provides links to the following chapters: Structural Patterns: Adapter and Façade and Creational Patterns: Prototype, Factory Method, and Singleton.
C# 3.0 in a Nutshell, Third Edition: A Desktop Quick Reference
Introduces C# 3.0 in a Nutshell and provides links to the following chapters: Advanced C#, Networking, Threading, Asynchronous Methods, and Diagnostics.
Learning C# 3.0: Master the Fundamentals of C# 3.0
Introduces Learning C# 3.0 and provides links to the following chapters: C# and .NET Programming, Visual Studio 2008 and C# Express 2008, C# Language Fundamentals, Interfaces, Delegates and Events, Windows Presentation Foundation, and ADO.NET and Relational Databases.