C# Training Without the Stale Chicken Kiev

Learning Visual C#

The great thing about being sent on a training course is that you get to waste a whole day (or week, heaven forbid) traveling to some bland building in the middle of an even blander city, only to have stale Chicken Kiev for lunch while making half-hearted small-talk with a group of depressed-looking cube dwellers who you know that you're never, ever going to see again. Actually on second thoughts I could dream up more fulfilling ways to spend my time...

Luckily, on-line training is increasingly providing a much more tenable alternative to that often rather vapid experience. The potential for this new medium is huge, and largely unexploited, almost criminally so. (But more about that in a future blog post).

Microsoft provide some very nice tutorial videos for developers who are just getting started with Visual C#. Each video lasts for 30-50 minutes, and covers a specific topic: "Working with XML", "Handling Exceptions", "Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals" etc. You can also download the C# project to go along with each video.

And don't forget that, being on-line, you can watch these training vids from home or the office, and microwave your own day-old Chicken Kiev at your leisure. Oh, hang on...

About the Author

Matt Stephens is a senior architect, programmer and project leader based in Central London. He co-wrote Agile Development with ICONIX Process, Extreme Programming Refactored, and Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML - Theory and Practice.