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C Sharp (C#) and the Microsoft .NET Framework

This is an archive of an early set of lectures on the then new Microsoft .NET Framework and the C# programming language. An understanding of programming and familiarity with a C or Java like language is assumed. An updated version of this introduction is used internally.

The lectures are largely based on simple code examples showing the use of all C# keywords and language features.

It should be noted that the C# language was extended in 2003 to include additional features, including Generics -- the slides do not cover these new features.

The slide sets are best viewed as a slideshow -- after selecting the lecture, click on the projection screen icon at the bottom right corner of the screen once the first slide is displayed.

Recommended Texts
Eric Gunnerson,
A Programmer's Introduction to C# (.NET developer series)
Apress, June 2001, Paperback: 540 pages
  1. Introduction to Microsoft .NET
    The first lecture sets the scene by describing the fundamentals of the Microsoft .NET Framework. A range of issues from the unified type system to security and garbage collection are covered.
    This should be covered before looking at any of the other material.
  2. C# Basics
    The first lecture on C# covers the type system, boxing and un-boxing, classes and instances, variables and constants, properties, and the basic control structures.
  3. Namespaces and Collections
    This lecture looks at exception handling, namespaces, polymorphism, collections, arrays, structures, enumerators and security access rights.
  4. Indexing, Overloading and Parameter Passing
    We continue by looking at Indexing, overloading and parameter passing using in, out and ref. The lecture then moves on to discuss safe type casting and manipulation using is a and as. Finally expression evaluation is considered.
  5. Delegates, Threading, Communication and Databases
    In the final lecture on C# we discuss accessing existing libraries/ DLLs, delegates, events, threads, garbage collection, networking and web services, accessing databases using SQL and ADO, datasets, dataviews and datagrids.
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