CS 140 Online

Unit 1 – Getting Started With C#

Howdy Folks. Welcome to CS 140!

Stephen Gilbert, the Instrutor

In this unit you’ll get an introduction to the course, pick up a little background material, and then start writing your first C# program using Visual Studio 2005. There’s a lot to cover.

Here’s the plan for this unit:

  • Start by reading through the syllabus. There you’ll find information about what kind of things you’ll learn in the course, what textbook and software you’ll need, our class meeting times, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, though, you’ll find out about what I’ll expect of you, and what you can expect in the way of workload, quizzes, homework, and exams. Finally, on the syllabus, you’ll find links to resources you’ll need (such as my email and phone number) and the class schedule, so you’ll know what you should know when you should know it. Or something like that.
  • Next, we’ll talk a little bit about computers and programming. I could go on and on about this, (and, if you’ve had my CS 111 class, you know that I do), but in this course, you’ll get just the abbreviated version: what’s a computer, how does it work, and how do you make it do what you want, short of blackmail or extortion?
  • Finally, we’ll take a look at Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2005. I’ll show you how to install it and configure it, and we’ll use it to create a simple Windows application. We won’t actually write any code this week, but you will actually “write” a C# program that runs. (Well, actually, “write” is probably a little strong, since we won’t actually get to the C# code until next week).

The lecture this week will closely track the first three chapters (or “tutorials”) in your textbook, Deitel & Deitel’s Simple C#–An Application-Driven Tutorial Approach. (I’ve posted a thumbnail link here).

The textbook cover

If you haven’t purchased the textbook yet, you can, by a happy coincidence, view the very same first three chapters on the textbook Web site at http://www.deitel.com/books/csharpSimply1/index.html

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