Compiling Building and Running Applications

As you develop your application, you can compile, build, and run the application in the IDE. While all three operations can produce either an executable (.exe) or an assembly (.dll), they differ slightly in behavior:

  • Compiling a project compiles only the source code in the current project that has changed since the last build, but does not execute the application.
  • Building a project compiles all of the source code in the current project, regardless of whether any source code has changed. Building is useful when you are unsure which files have changed, or if you have changed project or compiler options.
  • Running a project compiles any changed source code and, if the compile is successful, executes your application, allowing you to use and test it in the IDE.

Use the commands on the Project and Run menus to compile, build, and run your project.

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