Microsoft Visual C Sharp

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Visual C♯
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 2012 / August 15, 2012; 19 months ago (2012-08-15)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP and later
Platform IA-32, x86-64 and Itanium
Available in English, French, Japanese, Korean, German, and likely others
Type Integrated development environment
License Proprietary software; both shareware and freeware versions available


Microsoft Visual C# is Microsoft's implementation of the C# specification, included in the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products. It is based on the ECMA/ISO specification of the C# language, which Microsoft also created. While multiple implementations of the specification exist, Visual C# is by far the one most commonly used.[citation needed] In most contexts, an unqualified reference to "C#" is taken to mean "Visual C#."[citation needed]

The term Visual denotes a brand-name relationship with other Microsoft programming languages such as Visual Basic, Visual FoxPro, Visual J# and Visual C++. All of these products are packaged with a graphical IDE and support rapid application development of Windows-based applications.

Visual C# is currently used in development of Windows and Xbox Live games via Microsoft XNA, which allows game developers to create and share their games with other gamers. Visual C# is also heavily used by ASP.NET web sites and standalone applications based on the .NET Framework. Note: As of October 2012 Microsoft has ended support and future releases of XNA.

Microsoft Visual C# IDE[edit]

Visual C sharp start page

When you start Visual C#, Start Page is displayed. Start Page has two columns; the left column holds Start and Recent sections. These sections contain options for developers to create a new application or work with an existing one, respectively.[1]

Visual C# places Get Started and Latest News tabs in the left column so developers can find useful information about application development, resources, and a tutorial. It is necessary for the user to have an internet connection to access the latest news.[1]

Menubar provides functions to developers for coding, maintaining and executing their programs. Menubar contains:

  • DEBUG: used for compiling, debugging and running apps.
  • TEAM: contains functions to connect to Team Foundation Server.
  • FORMAT: contains commands to arrange and modify Form’s controls.
  • TOOLS: contains commands to customize the IDE.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Deitel, P et al., (2014). Visual C#2012 how to program. Boston : Prentice Hall.

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