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C# Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

  • C# programs or applications can be written in any text editor such as notepad or notepad++.
  • If you have windows XP and you are using notepad to write C# code than you must need the C# compiler (CSC) that helps you to compile and run your C# code/programs because windows XP has not .NET Framework built-in.
  • For C# compiler you must install any version of .NET Framework in your machine.
  • The .NET Framework can be downloaded from the web, once downloaded install it in your machine and it will automatically register the C# compiler (CSC) in your C directory. Now
  • You can compile and run your C# code through the command line.
  • If you are using windows 7 or later you do not need .NET Framework installation because .NET Framework is built-in in windows 7 or later.
  • If you are not using windows OS and you are using any other OS such as Linux or Mac, you can download the Mono version of .NET Framework which is an open source and has C# compiler for writing the C# applications on all other platforms.


  • Instead of download .NET Framework, you should choose Microsoft’s primary IDE Visual Studio for writing the C# programs.
  • It is fast with intellisense feature.

Visual studio 2013:

  • Microsoft’s visual studio 2013. There are number of versions of visual studio which has been developed by Microsoft till now such as (visual studio 2008, 2010, Visual C# 2010 express etc.)
  • Visual studio is a primary IDE of Microsoft. It comes in a variety of pricing combinations. Such as (visual studio ultimate, premium, professional and express). Visual studio ultimate, premium and professional require paid licenses, means not available for free.
  • Microsoft has recently announced a free version of visual studio which is called visual studio community 2013 edition, this free community edition has included C# compiler by default and a full-featured IDE for students, open source contributors and small teams.
  • Visual studio community 2013 edition can be downloaded from the web through an online web installer. It will take some time to complete the installation, depends on the speed of your network connection.

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