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Create a .NET Core 3.1 Console App in Visual Studio Code


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Testing Environment Information:


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Create Console Application:

You must for the SDK for .NET Core 3.1 installed. The link is above.

Open Visual Studio Code, File > Open Folder (Ctrl+K Ctrl+O)

Select an empty folder, then press Select Folder. If you have the Visual Studio explorer extensions installed you can also right click on the folder and select Open with Code

You will now see the folder in your VS Code explorer window, if you do not see explorer go to View > Explorer (Ctrl + Shift + E)

Start a terminal, go to View > Terminal (Ctrl + `)

Type in dotnet new console

You can type in dotnet new -help to see which other templates are available for you to create a project from

You will see that your folder is now populated with some files, this is a template for your console application.

Let’s open Program.cs file by double clicking on it. If prompted to install assets to the build press Yes. This should create a .vscode folder in your project.

I added in some text after the Hello World! statement and I saved my changes

NOTE: You can have VS Code auto save all changes, go to File > Auto Save

Now let’s test our application, at the terminal window type in dotnet run

it will compile the .EXE into the bin folder and run it.

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