The C# guide provides many resources about the C# language. This site has many different audiences. Depending on your experience with programming, or with the C# language and .NET, you may wish to explore different sections of this guide.
For brand-new developers:
- Start with the Quickstarts section. These quickstarts let you explore the C# language interactively in your browser. From there, you can move on to the tutorials section. These tutorials show you how to create C# programs from scratch. The tutorials provide a step-by-step process to create programs. They show the language concepts, and how to build C# programs on your own. If you prefer reading overview information first, try the tour of the C# language. It explains the concepts of the C# language. After reading this, you'll have a basic understanding of the language, and be ready to try the tutorials, or build something on your own.
For developers new to C#:
Experienced C# developers:
- If you've used C# before, you should start by reading what's in the latest version of the language. Check out What's new in C# for the new features in the current version.
How the C# guide is organized
There are several sections in the C# Guide. You can read them in order, or jump directly to what interests you the most. Some of the sections are heavily focused on the language. Others provide end-to-end scenarios that demonstrate a few of the types of programs you can create using C# and the .NET Framework.
- This section covers what you need to install for a C# development environment on your preferred platform. The different topics under this section explain how to create your first C# program in different supported environments.
- C# Quickstarts presents interactive tutorials for brand-new developers to explore and learn the C# language in the browser using a Read-Eval-Print Loop (REPL) interface. After you finish the interactive lessons, you can improve your coding skills by practicing the same lessons on your machine.
- This section provides a variety of end-to-end scenarios, including descriptions and code. It shows why certain idioms are preferred, what C# features work best in different situations, and reference implementations for common tasks. If you learn best by seeing code, start in this section. You can also download all the code and experiment in your own environment.
- This section provides an overview of the language. It covers the elements that make up C# programs and the capabilities of the language. It shows small samples of all the syntax elements of C# and discussions of the major C# language topics.
- Learn about new features in the language. Learn about new tools like C# Interactive (C#'s REPL), and the .NET Compiler Platform SDK. This section shows how the language is evolving and how the new tools can make you more productive.
- Provides information and practical examples about how to use C# language constructs.
- Provides links to programming walkthroughs that use C# and a brief description of each walkthrough.
- This section contains the reference material on the C# language. This material helps you understand the syntax and semantics of C#. It also includes reference material on types, operators, attributes, preprocessor directives, compiler switches, compiler errors, and compiler warnings.
- Links to the latest version of the C# Specifications in Microsoft Word format.