I haven't done any coding, other than convenience programs on my good ol' TI-83, in a while. I used to work on C++ console applications pretty frequently. I thought that would put me on the right learning track (I'm 17 and intend to major in CS), but I was recently flipped on my head when a friend gave me a copy of VS2008. Just looking at the environment makes me feel in over my head, it's so much different from what I'm used to (Codeblocks IDE). Don't laugh, but I even gave up on the Hello World tutorial. It's that bad.
My question to you, oh knowledgeable ones, is this:
Would it be better to improve my programming skills through console apps, or to bang my head against Visual Studio?
Thanks for your time