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C#: A Beginner‘s Best Choice

THEOLUCHIJUNE
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Want to start a career in software development with no prior knowledge of tech or computers?

Need guidance on the best programming language to learn which puts you on a successful career path?

In this article, you would understand what C# is, what the .NET Ecosystem is, benefits of learning C# as a beginner and where to access C# beginner resources.

What is C#?
C# ( pronounced c-sharp ) is a simple, modern, powerful and general-purpose object-oriented programming language.

Any object-oriented programming creates objects that interact with each other.

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The interaction between these objects occur using characteristics or attributes which describe the object in terms of what it is and what functions it can perform.

C# enables software developers to build a variety of secure and robust software applications such as:

  • Web Applications
  • Mobile Applications
  • Windows Applications
  • Database Applications

and much more.

These software applications run on .NET ( pronounced dot-net ).

What is .NET?

.NET is an open source developer platform, created by Microsoft, for building many different types of applications, such as web, mobile, and desktop. It consists of different tools, programming languages, and libraries.”

-Milan Milanovic in
A Brief Walk-Through of the .NET Ecosystem

Benefits of learning C# as a beginner

  • You do not need any prior knowledge or experience with coding or programming to learn C#.

  • C# is a high-level language, which means it is relatively easy to read and write, making it a solid choice for beginners.

  • C# is ranked number 6 on the list of programming languages and continues to elevate as it gains popularity and usage daily.

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  • C# is really similar to Java.

Hence, mastering C# makes learning Java easier.

  • C# is one of the most popular programming languages and hence, has a large, active user community which makes it easy to find troubleshooting solutions and coding help on online communities.

  • C# is such a robust language that it is utilized by thousands of companies worldwide hence, a lot of companies need software developers who write code with C# and work with the .NET Framework.

Resources for learning C#:
CODECADEMY
Learn C#
https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/language/c-sharp

EXERCISM
C# is a modern, object-oriented language with lots of great features, such as type-inference and async/await.
https://exercism.io/tracks/csharp

C# DOCUMENTATION
Learn how to write any application using the C# programming language on the .NET platform.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/csharp/

If you are like me and love learning in interesting and creative ways, you should download the following apps:

  • SoloLearn
  • Codecademy

These apps are very fun and interesting when learning C# as a beginner.

In conclusion, choosing to learn and master C# can be one of the best career decisions you can make as you move from knowing nothing about coding and programming to being one of the hot talents in the tech market.

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Pavel Morava

Except for the fact that C# is not exactly beginners friendly, I have no objections.

To start programming with it and being entangled in over-engineered mess is rather noob's nightmare than a sweet dream.

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THEOLUCHIJUNE Author • Edited

I believe as it is learning any other language, anyone learning would hit stumbling blocks when it comes to learning a new language.
There are a number of resources where C# is very simply explained.
A personal favorite is SoloLearn and Codecademy because they are fun and interesting.
YouTube videos also really help.
There are a lot of beginner friendly C# resources.
There are also amazing C# communities that explain terms better and share solutions.

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Pavel Morava

I believe as it is learning any other language

Not all languages are equal. This is Scratch, it is designed to be beginner-friendly:


scratch.mit.edu/

C# is a large complicated beast and by no means is friendly to beginners.

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THEOLUCHIJUNE Author

This looks super interesting.
I would definitely spend time with Scratch.
Though, I still stand by C# being a wonderful language for a beginner.

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Eljay-Adobe

I recommend Python as a good first language. After Python, for .NET I'd recommend F# over C# as a good second language. (The Book of F# being the tutorial.)

When I was learning to program, we had BASIC. I do not recommend BASIC as a good first language. My second language was 6502 Assembly language. I also do not recommend assembly language as a good first or second language; maybe as a seventh language.

A good third language would be LISP, and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs ("the wizard book") as the textbook.