Introduction to C# and .NET

If you are getting started with programming and you're aiming to use C# and .NET, then this is the course for you. The course explains essential programming concepts and object-oriented techniques, and explores fundamental C# syntax in this context.

After attending this course, you will be ready to start writing simple C# and .NET applications. You will also be well prepared for the C# 7 Development course, which dives deeper into C# syntax and .NET APIs.


3 days



  • The course does not assume prior programming experience

What you'll learn

  • Fundamental programming concepts
  • Essential C# syntax
  • Object oriented concepts
  • How to implement OO in C#
  • High-level introduction to the .NET Framework

Course details

Programming Fundamentals

  • Types of programming languages
  • Structuring programs
  • Some simple code examples

Getting Started with C# and .NET

  • Overview of C#
  • Overview of .NET
  • Compiling C# code at the command line
  • Using Visual Studio to create and build a simple console application

Core C# Syntax

  • Basic syntax rules
  • Getting started with C# variables
  • Going further with C# variables
  • Getting started with C# operators

Flow of Control Concepts

  • What is flow control
  • Making decisions
  • Making loops
  • Putting it all together to create algorithms

Flow of Control in C#

  • Writing if and if-else statements
  • Writing switch statements
  • Writing for and for-each loops

Writing and Calling Methods

  • What are methods
  • Defining and calling methods
  • Parameters and return values

Introduction to Object Oriented Concepts

  • What is OO
  • Abstraction via classes
  • Encapsulation
  • Inheritance
  • OO design

Classes and Objects in C#

  • Defining a simple class
  • Namespaces
  • Fields, constructors, methods, and properties
  • Creating new objects
  • Static members
  • A quick overview of some useful classes in .NET

Arrays and Collections

  • Creating a simple array
  • Overview of generics
  • Creating simple collections and dictionaries
  • Overview of collection operations


  • What is inheritance
  • Defining subclasses and superclasses in C#
  • Polymorphism

Additional Techniques

  • Overview of delegates and lambdas
  • Exceptions
  • Interfaces

High-Level Tour of the .NET Framework

  • Creating a GUI application
  • Creating a web application
  • Creating a REST web service
  • Database access