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Totally Bewildered...

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  • In advance, please excuse me, I have anxiety issues the only get worse when I feel blocked at every turn which I feel is happening to me now.

    Yesterday I posted a general question, "Where do I start?" Several people quickly and helpfully responded.

    I now have Visual Studio 2015 Community installed.  I'm using Windows 10 (wish I could go back to 7).

    In Control Panel, VS added 15 separate applications/entries.  There are no new icons on my desktop so I went looking in "All apps". 

    I find,

    Application Verifier
    Blend for Visual Studio 2015 (couldn't even find out what this was)
    Visual Studio 2015
        Developer Command Prompt for VS2015
        MSBuild Command Prompt for VS2015
        VS2015 x86 ARM Cross Tools Command Prompt
        VS2015 x86 Native Tools Command Prompt
        VS2015 x86 x64 Cross Tools Command Prompt

    VS Express for Windows 10

    When I saw the last one, I thought, "Hey that's it".  It pops up and tells me I have to Enable Developer Mode for Windows 10.

    "This device needs to be set up correctly to develop this type of app for Windows 10.  If you don't, then you can't install and test your app before you submit it to the Windows Store."

    I thought the Windows Store was for xbox, smart phones, and those annoying tiles in Window 8.

    Moderators and others tell me to "search" for answers.  Every time I try to search the forums I get an error 502.  If I go to Microsoft.com and search for anything related to VB, the results I get mostly relate to VB6 in one way or another.  All I've been able to find is a bunch of descriptions of the differences in VS2015.  That doesn't help me very much considering the last Visual Basic I used outside of VBA was VB 6.

    I've found several books to learn Visual Basic 2015 for beginners, each one starts out with, install VS2015, then discusses ".NET", "Object Oriented", "etc.", then they show the New Project interface.  They do not look anything like the one I get when I start Visual Studio.

    All the Notes and links in VS talk about "What's new for .NET 2015", etc.

    Where or how do I figure out what to do if I know Nothing!!??  Did I install the wrong application?

    I really want to bring myself into 21st century application development but I can't find the sources that a 13 year old would use to start figuring all this out.

    If I could even find a table, list, or video that would explain what all the different components are for.

    Any guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:16 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I just want to add a little bit:

    You installed the Express edition. Are you working in an enterprise so that you cannot use the community edition?

    If you do not work inside an enterprise then I would recommend that you deinstall the express version and install the community edition. The express editions are really limited regarding functions.

    So with the edition you installed now, you can only develop windows universal applications. So if you want to build webpages or classic windows applications, you cannot do that (or install the other express editions in parallel).

    There are a lot of introductions available. If you really want to start with universal windows platform applications, the following links can be useful:

    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/getstarted

    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-dev-essentials-vs.aspx is the start page of dev essentials where you can find tools, tutorials and lot of other things.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    • Marked as answer by Chemist18 Monday, June 27, 2016 9:53 PM
    Friday, June 24, 2016 6:51 PM
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  • The executable for Visual Studio devenv.exe.  Mine is at

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe"

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:47 PM
  • Chemist18,

    I think you launch this application to get started: VS Express for Windows 10

    Here is a link to a YouTube video on how to use your edition:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lk6BSsX2g4

    I hope that helps get you started.


    Cheers,
    Curt Winter
    Certified Microsoft Professional
    Note: Posts are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. If you found my post helpful, please mark it as the answer.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:39 PM
  • Thank you very much!!!  I will give it a look.
    Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:43 PM
  • Chemist18,

    If that help or worked for, please mark the reply as the answer to helps others with the same issue.

    Have a great weekend.


    Cheers,
    Curt Winter
    Certified Microsoft Professional
    Note: Posts are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. If you found my post helpful, please mark it as the answer.

    Friday, June 24, 2016 4:55 PM
  • Hi,

    I just want to add a little bit:

    You installed the Express edition. Are you working in an enterprise so that you cannot use the community edition?

    If you do not work inside an enterprise then I would recommend that you deinstall the express version and install the community edition. The express editions are really limited regarding functions.

    So with the edition you installed now, you can only develop windows universal applications. So if you want to build webpages or classic windows applications, you cannot do that (or install the other express editions in parallel).

    There are a lot of introductions available. If you really want to start with universal windows platform applications, the following links can be useful:

    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/getstarted

    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-dev-essentials-vs.aspx is the start page of dev essentials where you can find tools, tutorials and lot of other things.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    • Marked as answer by Chemist18 Monday, June 27, 2016 9:53 PM
    Friday, June 24, 2016 6:51 PM
    Answerer
  • Sorry to respond so slowly.  Thank you for your recommendation.  I will try it right now.
    Monday, June 27, 2016 2:24 PM