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Crash Course in the C# Programming Language

Course Overview:

This one-day “crash course” provides attendees with a fast-paced, in-depth look at the C# programming language.  It describes the C# language and its use for object-oriented programming.  It covers basic concepts such as classes and inheritance, as well as more advanced topics such as threads and exceptions.  As it is an investigation of much of the C# language in a single day, this class has no programming laboratories.

Target Audience:

This course is aimed at individuals who want a quick-paced, intensive discussion of the basic features of the C# programming language.


Attendees must understand basic programming concepts and mechanisms.  Knowledge of C-style syntax and object- oriented concepts is helpful but is not required.


Course Outline:



C# and the .NET platform.  A first C# program.  Some references to C# resources.

Classes and Objects:

The concepts of classes and objects.  The syntax and semantics for class definitions. Instantiating objects.  Constructors and initializers for initializing objects.  Garbage collection.

Specialization and Polymorphism:

Class specialization through subclassing. Interface specialization through the definition and implementation of interfaces. Classes versus interfaces. Inheritance, type promotion (or “upcasting”), and polymorphism.

Miscellaneous Class Topics:

The Object class.  Structures, arrays, and strings.  Comparing and copying objects.  Overriding versus overloading.  Delegates and events.

Control Constructs:

A very brief tour of C#’s control flow statements and operators.

Namespaces and Assemblies:

Namespaces as a way of organizing classes.  Defining and accessing namespaces.  A summary of some standard .NET namespaces.  Defining and accessing assemblies.


Defining, throwing, and catching exceptions. Using exception information.


The concept of threads. A quick look at defining threads and synchronizing access to shared objects.

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