Visual Studio 2017 is an integrated development environment you can use to create applications and libraries with many different frameworks and languages. It has a rich feature set, including an intelligent editor, built in compiler, and context sensitive help. In this course, Visual Studio 2017 Essentials and Beyond, you'll be introduced to Visual Studio 2017 and its features to be utilized in practice. First, you'll begin by learning basic concepts like projects and solutions, how to make Visual Studio look and work the way you want it to, and demonstrate how to use the most popular tool windows and dialogs. Next, you'll explore tips and shortcuts that will save you time every day. Using Visual Studio efficiently is more than just writing code or reading code written by others. To be truly productive, you need to debug efficiently, and understand the designers that help you build your user interface. Finally, you'll delve into how to add helpful extensions that make Visual Studio even better. When you're finished with this course, you'll know how to use the tool itself and can focus on a specific language or framework as your next step.