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.
In This Section
Getting Started with Visual C#
Introduces the features of C# for programmers who are new to the language or are new to Visual Studio, and provides a roadmap for finding Help about Visual Studio.
Using the Visual C# Development Environment
Introduces the Visual C# development environment.
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# Sample Applications
Provides information about how you can access online samples.
Provides links to programming walkthroughs that use C# and a brief description of each walkthrough.
What's New for Visual C# in Visual Studio 2012
Describes new features in the Visual C# IDE and compiler.
C# Language Specification
Links to the latest version of the C# Specifications in Microsoft Word format.
Beginning Visual C# 2010
Introduces Beginning Visual C# 2010 and provides links to the following chapters: Introducing C#, Writing a C# Program, Variables and Expressions, Flow Control, and More About Variables.