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A Beginner's Guide to C# and .NET

Gain the programming skills for a career in software development and learn to write C# code.

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Learn to write your first program using the C# programming language

C# is a primary programming language and vital for taking your first steps in software development.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn the basics of this cornerstone of programming and discover the concepts and skills needed to begin your journey in computer programming.

Explore the fundamentals of an object-oriented programming language

C# is a versatile programming language used by many developers to create WebApps and games.

On this course, you’ll discover why C# continues to be so popular amongst developers and how knowledge of C# can act as a springboard when learning many other programming languages.

Set up a .NET development environment to run your C# code

With practical demonstrations throughout this course, you’ll discover how to bring your C# code to life in a .NET environment. You’ll be given a thorough overview of .NET before moving on to looking at C# coding in more depth.

With this foundational framework, you’ll begin to develop your knowledge of C# while understanding how your coding creates a workable program.

Investigate C# coding concepts, from variables in programming to understanding program flow

To create a working program, developers must understand the various concepts and functions within a programming language.

You’ll explore the coding concepts of C# in depth, covering variables, selection statements, operators, and iterative statements. You’ll also experience practical demonstrations that show real-life applications, allowing you to contextualise your learning.

By the end of this course, you’ll have gained a foundational understanding of C# programming and how to write programs in OOP languages. With this knowledge, you can explore other programming languages and improve your skills as a software developer.

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  • Week 1

    The fundamentals of C# .NET

    • Welcome and introduction

      Welcome to A Beginner's Guide to C# and .NET and the start of your learning journey, brought to you by Packt.

    • The fundamentals of .NET

      In this activity, we will describe the fundamentals of C# .NET.

    • C# variables

      In this activity, we'll explain the different C# variables.

    • C# operators

      In this activity, we'll assess C# operators. Demonstrations are provided to see how the C# operators are used.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 1. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 2

    C# program flow, statements and debugging.

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • Program flow

      In this activity, we'll explain program flow and investigate its purpose.

    • C# selection statements

      In this activity, we'll describe C# selection statements and demonstrate how it's used.

    • C# iteration statements

      In this activity, we'll describe different C# iteration statements and demonstrate how it's used.

    • Debugging in C#

      In this activity, we'll explore the various aspects of debugging in C#.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of this course. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the fundamentals of .NET.
  • Demonstrate the basics of the fundamentals of .NET.
  • Explain the different C# variables.
  • Classify the different C# operators.
  • Explain program flow.
  • Describe the C# statements.
  • Evaluate debugging in C#.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning to code. It is particularly useful for those just starting out with little or no prior coding knowledge or experience working with C#.

What software or tools do you need?

You’ll need access to an integrated development environment (IDE). We recommend Microsoft’s Visual Studio. The Visual Studio Code version is free to download, and compatible with Microsoft, MacOS, and Linux systems.

We’ll show you how to find and install the software you need to get started with C# and .NET.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

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  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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