Usings Views with Visual Studio

1. Create a Visual Studio Project

After starting Visual Studio, select New/Project... under the File menu.

2. Create a New Console Application

Using the New Project menu, select Console Application from the choices for project templates.

(This seems contradictory but if you select 'windowed application', Visual Studio will reference the Windows.Forms namespace and give you the Drag & Drop form creator, which we don't want for Views programming.)

Don't forget to give your project a name.

3. Add a Reference to the Views DLL

After Visual Studio has brought up your project, you must add a reference to the Views DLL. Under the Project menu there is an Add Reference... option:

After selecting this option you will be presented with a screen that looks like this:

Using the Browse button, find the location of your Views.dll. If you used the default install directory for the Views installer that should be C:\Program Files\Viewsx.xx (where x.xx is the version number). It will then appear in the "Selected Components" area in the bottom of the dialog, which will be greyed out until you select one.

4. Proceed to use the Views.Form Class

After pressing OK on the "Add Reference" dialog box, the Solution Explorer window should show the reference to Views. You can now proceed to write code which instantiates the Views.Form class and invoke its methods.