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A modern development environment matters. It can boost productivity and make developing software much more enjoyable. We recommend moving your traditional Synergy development into Visual Studio to take advantage of all the features this industry-leading IDE and our Visual Studio extension have to offer. Visual Studio includes IntelliSense®, a powerful debugger, user interface design tools, project wizards, and data designers. It’s easy to develop traditional Synergy and Synergy .NET (targeting Microsoft’s .NET Framework) applications side by side in Visual Studio. You can even target prior runtime versions and your preferred deployment platform (such as Unix or OpenVMS) while still taking advantage of the best features for your development. As a bonus, using this well-known IDE can help attract and retain development talent for your organization.

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Are you curious why we chose to shift toward Visual Studio as our recommended IDE for Synergy DBL development? This article details some of the many reasons we believe developing applications in Visual Studio is the way to go. Workbench developers will find some nuggets of wisdom for making the transition to Visual Studio as painless as possible.

We offer a wide variety of training videos that discuss Synergy development in Visual Studio. Learn about the various project templates that are included with our Visual Studio extension, discover some cool tricks for debugging your code, or hear about the features included in our latest Synergy releases.

Watch this interactive session from the 2018 DevPartner Conference and get your hands dirty by following along with the exercises and furnished code. Complete the workshop to learn how to bring the main components of a traditional Synergy program into Visual Studio.

Starting new Synergy development in Visual Studio is easy, but if you’re migrating existing projects, you’ll want to review our step-by-step guide. Here you’ll also find suggestions for areas to review in our documentation, as well as tips related to common errors that sometimes pop up during or after a migration.

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