Starting the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment

  1. To start the Visual Studio IDE:
    Windows 10
    • From your Windows desktop, click Start > Visual Studio 2017.
    Windows 11
    • Click the Start button in the Task Bar. Use the search field in the Start menu to find and start Visual Studio 2017.

    If this is the first time you have started Visual Studio on your machine, you are prompted to specify default environment settings. Choose General Development Settings.

    The windows you see open in Visual Studio and their layout depend on whether you have used the IDE before and on the edition of Visual Studio that you might have installed on your machine. You can move, resize and minimize windows which is why they may not look exactly like described here.

    The default layout of windows inside Visual Studio

    You can see:

    • The Start Page which you can close.
    • The Solution Explorer window which gives a direct view of what is on disk for your solutions.

      A solution is a holding place for projects that relate to the solution. For example, the solution you are going to work with contains two projects - a batch project and an online project.

    • Bottom right is a Properties window which shows the properties of the currently selected item in the Solution Explorer when you have a project loaded in it. You can open the window from View > Properties.
    • Output window - displays the results of tasks and from compiling your applications.
    • Error List Window - displays details about any errors that might be present in the code.
    • Project Details Window which gives a logical view of your COBOL application.
    • The main activity window at the top the IDE, the Editor, is where you edit or debug the sources. This window is currently empty.
    • Apart from the menus, there are a number of buttons in the toolbar, which vary depending on what you are currently doing with the IDE.
  2. Experiment with resizing, minimizing and restoring the windows.
    To move a window:
    1. Click the title bar of the window. Holding the mouse on the window title, drag the window to the left and down.

    Note: If you close a window, you can restore if from the View menu.

    If you wish to restore the default windows layout of the IDE, click Window > Reset Window Layout.

Opening the Bankdemo solution

  1. Click File > Open > Project/Solution.
  2. Navigate to the C:\MFETDUSER\Bankdemo\Projects\Studio folder, select Bankdemo.sln and click Open.

    This opens the solution in the Solution Explorer window.