The C# guide provides a wealth of information 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 our Quick starts section. These let you explore the C# language interactively in your browser. From there, you can move on to our tutorials section. These tutorials show you how to create C# programs from scratch. The tutorials provide a step-by-step process to create programs. You'll learn the language concepts, and how to build C# programs on your own. If you prefer reading overview information first, try our 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.
- This section provides a variety of end to end scenarios, including descriptions and code. You'll learn why certain idioms are preferred, what C# features work best in different situations, and see 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. You'll learn the elements that make up C# programs and the capabilities of the language. You'll see 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. You'll learn how the language is evolving. You'll see how the new tools can make you more productive in exploring the language, and automating tasks.
- Introduces the Visual C# development environment.
- Provides information and practical examples about how to use C# language constructs.
- MSDN Code Gallery filtered for C#.
- 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 will help 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.