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Classroom training -  Fast track C#

Online Training

3-day fast track C# training course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

Three days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

Our three-day fast-track C# course is designed to get you up and running as a C# programmer.  You'll learn all of the basics (creating variables, testing conditions, looping), but you will also have time to get onto crucial advanced concepts like creating classes and using entity frameworks and LINQ to get information out of databases.

Our online fast-track courses are only available as tailored courses (you can see why here). They're not for the faint-hearted: the idea is to provide as quick a start to learning software as possible, for people who are IT-ability-rich but time-poor.

Course Contents

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL C# course

Creating forms

  • Drawing controls
  • Formatting forms

Coding form events

  • Forms and their events
  • The two event arguments

Laying out your code

  • Commenting out code
  • Using regions

C# variables

  • Creating and using variables
  • The types of variable

Covered if time allows If time

Enumerations and constants

  • Enumerations
  • Constants

Conditions

  • Using IF and ELSE
  • The SWITCH statement

Modular code

  • Passing arguments
  • Writing functions

Arrays

  • Using arrays
  • Splitting text

Looping

  • Looping n times
  • WHILE loops
  • Looping over collections

Files and folders

  • Stream readers and writers
  • The USING statement
  • FileInfo and DirectoryInfo

Debugging and trapping errors

  • The TRY clause
  • Stepping through code
  • Setting breakpoints

Using lists

  • Populating lists
  • Finding items

Properties in C#

  • RO, WO and RW properties
  • Coding properties
From our INTERMEDIATE C# course

Designing classes

  • The domestic cat object
  • Properties and methods
  • Encapsulation and exposure

Creating classes

  • Using namespaces
  • Creating constructors
  • Fields, properties and methods
  • Static members

The form as a class

  • Partial classes
  • InitalizeComponent method
  • Instantiating forms

Data structures

  • Generics
  • Arrays
  • Lists, stacks and queues
  • Dictionaries

Covered if time allows If time

Overloading

  • Overloaded methods
  • Overloading constructors

LINQ theory

  • Extension methods
  • Ienumerability
  • Query vs. method syntax

Writing LINQ

  • Arrays, lists and data tables
  • Criteria and ordering
  • Using LET expressions

Covered if time allows If time

Advanced LINQ

  • Projecting data
  • Anonymous types
  • Forcing query execution
  • Taking and skipping

Types of model

  • Code first
  • Model first
  • Database first

Entity Frameworks

  • Creating entity data models
  • Data contexts
  • Updating models

LINQ with Entity Frameworks

  • Creating a data context
  • Selecting data using LINQ
  • Using relationships (associations)
  • Adding, editing and deleting

Covered if time allows If time

Advanced LINQ with EF

  • Returning anonymous types
  • Using stored procedures
  • Extending (partial classes)

Covered if time allows If time

Grouping using LINQ

  • IGrouping and IEnumerable
  • Grouping keys
  • Group into and ordering
  • Using multiple keys

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 6 Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Excellent course, wouldn't change anything. Previously attended Wise Owl Training & always been impressed."

Sharon Naughton (Trafford Housing Trust)

"Great trainer, was able to follow everything he explained. He answered all questions for everyone to follow. "

Leila Abidi (Win Technologies)

"We had a great trainer who made the content easy to digest."

Samantha Turpin (Crown Commercial Service)

"Excellent course - well paced, great lunch & everything worked! Trainer was fantastic and would recommend or use again."

Richard Warren (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council)

"The trainer was very helpful in answering any questions and explained everything well and in detail."

Sammi Lee (Kier Highways Ltd)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  This is because:

  • you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

After the course finishes you'll receive an electronic certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.