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January 13, 2017

New Year, New Devs: Sharpen your C# Skills

At the beginning of each new year, many people take on a challenge to learn something new or commit to reinforcing existing skills. Over the next two blog posts, we will guide you through two amazing, free, developer training video series: C# fundamentals and UWP Development.

Both series require no prior programming experience, so they’re perfect for someone who wants to learn something new. However, since the videos span a wide array of topics, they’re also great to brush up on your existing skills.

The series are presented by Bob Tabor from Developer University (formerly Bob is known for his easy-to- follow teaching style, keeping you engaged and entertained while learning the topic.

To get started, we’ll take a look at the first series: C# Fundamentals for the Absolute Beginner. In this free Microsoft Virtual Academy course, you will learn core C# concepts applicable to a wide range of classic and modern applications.

For the beginner, or if you’re coming from a different language, this series will walk you through getting the tools, writing code, debugging features, customizations and much more. For the experienced C# developer who wants to brush up on certain topics, each concept is explained in its own video so you can jump to a topic and focus on the information you want.

Here’s a list of the course modules:

Getting Started

1 | Course Introduction

2 | Installing Visual Studio

3 | Creating Your First C# Program

4 | Understanding Your First C# Program

5 | Working with Code Files, Projects, and Solutions

The Basics

6 | Understanding Data Types and Variables

7 | The if Decision Statement

8 | Operators, Expressions, and Statements

9 | for Iteration Statement

10 | Understanding Arrays

11 | Defining and Calling Methods

12 | While Iteration Statement

13 | Working with Strings

14 | Working with Dates and Times

Understanding and Writing Well Constructed Code

15 | Understanding Classes

16 | More About Classes and Methods

17 | Understanding Scope and Accessibility Modifiers

18 | Understanding Namespaces and Working with the .NET Class Library

19 | Creating and Adding References to Assemblies


20 | Working with Collections

21 | Working with LINQ

22 | Enumerations and the Switch Decision Statement

23 | Gracefully Handling Exceptions

24 | Understanding Events and Event-Driven Programming

25 | Where to Go from Here

Microsoft Virtual Academy will keep track of your progress as you move through the modules and complete assessments. If you want to jump to a particular module, you can do that by clicking one of the links above or use the Contents tab next to the current video playing.

In the next post, we will take you through the next video course that will show you how to apply your new, or refreshed, C# skills and introduce you to XAML in a Windows 10 Universal Windows Application.