How to compile and execute C# programs on Windows?

The best IDE for C# on Windows is Microsoft Visual Studio. It is an IDE to develop websites, web apps, mobile apps, etc.

The following are the features of Visual Studio IDE −

  • Code Editor − Visual Studio has a code editor supporting syntax highlighting and code completion using IntelliSense.

  • Breakpoints − Set breakpoints and allow monitoring the variable values as the execution progress.

  • Extend Capability − With Visual Studio, you can extend the functionality of the IDE. The extension includes macros, packages, etc.

  • Built-in-languages − Visual Studio supports more than 30 programming languages, including C#, F#, JavaScript, TypeScript, etc.

Here are the steps to compile and execute a C# program on Windows −

  • Start Visual Studio.

  • On the menu bar, choose File -> New -> Project.

  • Choose Visual C# from templates, and then choose Windows.

  • Choose Console Application.

  • Specify a name for your project and click OK button.

  • This creates a new project in Solution Explorer.

  • Write code in the Code Editor.

  • Click the Run button or press F5 key to execute the project. A Command Prompt window appears that contains the line Hello World.