If not installed, install Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition.
Download the latest Palisade library source using git (using "git clone").
Double-click [local_repo_path]\ide\vs2015\palisade\palisade.sln in VS 2015.
In the bottom row of VS's top nav bar (i.e., the one with icons and menus), do this: A) click on the drop down menu that says "Debug" and click "Release"; B) click on the drop down menu that says "Win32 and click "Configuration Manager"; C) in the rendered dialog, click the "Active solution platform" drop down menu and then click "New..."; D) in the rendered "New Solution Platform" dialog, select "x64" and click OK; 5) in the Configuration Manager Dialog click Close. Make sure you set the first dropdown after Local Windows Debugger to "Managed Only" for best speed in the Release mode or to "Auto" in the debug mode.
Choose the startup project by right-clicking on the Solution and going to Properties
In VS's top nav bar, click BUILD -> Build Solution - this will compile the Palisade Library source.
In VS, view the "Output" pane and verify it says something like "Build: 5 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped".
In VS's top nav bar, click "Local Windows Debugger" to run the program.
Verify that the program executes correctly.
Note: all header and source files are still stored/updated in the local git repo. No source files are stored inside the "ide" directory.