C# FAQ's

Questions I've been asked in the last six weeks about C#

1. What is C#?
2. Do I have to buy C#? 
3. What is the Common Language Runtime? 
4. Will C# run on my PC?
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. Where can I purchase C#? 
6. How can I best learn C#? 
7. Do you offer any classes on C#? 
8. Will a knowledge of C# get me a good job? 
9. What are the System Requirements for C#?
10.Will you be writing any more books on C#? 
11. Will there be Certification exams for C#?
12.  Will you be writing C# articles like you do VB6 articles?
13.  I'm having trouble installing the C# compiler--can you help me?


1. What is C#?

C# is Microsoft's newest language. It reminds me a lot of Java. The difference is that it's designed to run within the .Net framework, which is an Operating Environment of sorts that right now runs on Windows PC's only.

The .NET Framework is a new programming model designed to simplify application development in the highly distributed environment of the Internet. Software running on the .NET Framework can communicate with software running anywhere else through SOAP and can use standard objects locally or distributed across the Internet. Consequently, the developer experience is made consistent so that you can focus on features rather than on plumbing.


2. Do I have to buy C#?

No--the great thing about C# is that it comes with the .Net Framework, which can be downloaded for FREE from this Website

http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/

But be careful--the .Net Framework will not run on every PC. It has stringent hardware and software requirements.


3. What is the Common Language Runtime?

Great question.

The Common Language Runtime (CLR) is that part of the .Net environment which executes programs. The great thing about the CLR isn't the CLR itself, but the fact that languages which are developed to run under the CLR have interoperability. Microsoft says that ".Net languages are only lenses through which programmers see the same underlying framework."

What that means, in theory, is that code that you write in C# can run in the Visual C++.Net or Visual Basic.Net environments WITHOUT modification. Even better, if the .NET framework is ported to run on Unix or Macintosh PC's, the code will also run--WITHOUT modifications.


4. Will C# run on my PC?

That depends. To run the batch version of C#, your computer must meet the requirements for .Net Framework which can be found here

http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/default.asp?url=/downloads/sample.asp?url=/MSDN-FILES/027/002/056/msdncompositedoc.xml

If you want to purchase Microsoft Visual C#, then check this site for System Requirements

http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/display.asp?site=11132&subid=22&pg=3

At a minimum, you must be running Windows NT, 2000, or XP. That means if you are running Windows 95 or 98 (yes, there still are people doing that), you're out of luck.


5. Where can I purchase C#?

Be sure to check the System Requirements for C# before purchasing. It WILL NOT RUN on a system with Windows 95 or 98.

Right now, the only version of C# that I can find available is the Standard Edition of Visual C#. You can purchase it (for approximately $109) from many locations, and these are listed on my links page

http://www.johnsmiley.com/vbnet/links.htm

You can also buy it directly from Amazon.com for $89 or so (and you may be eligible for free shipping). Here's the link to purchase it.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005RV4W/professorsmileys/002-2830526-2718461


6. How can I best learn C#?

People learn in different ways. The main ways of learning a new language are:

1. Buy a book

2. Take a class (Internet or real)

3. Buy the product and learn on your own

I have links to books, classes and product information here, and on my C# links page

http://www.johnsmiley.com/csharp/links.htm

Also, check out this Microsoft MSDN Link for the C# language

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/csref/html/vcoriCProgrammersReference.asp


7. Do you offer any classes on C#?

Yes I do. Check this link for more information.

http://www.johnsmiley.com/main/training.htm


8. Will a knowledge of C# get me a good job?

At this point, I'm not sure, and it depends a lot on how much C# is embraced.

This much I do know--historically, being the first kid on the block to know a new, hot langauge has proven to be a bonanza for the person knowing it. The question (and your crystal ball is as good as mine) is how HOT C# will be.


9. What are the System Requirements for C#?

That depends. To run the batch version of C#, your computer must meet the requirements for .Net Framework which can be found here

http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/default.asp?url=/downloads/sample.asp?url=/MSDN-FILES/027/002/056/msdncompositedoc.xml

If you want to purchase Microsoft Visual C#, then check this site for System Requirements

http://www.microsoft.com/catalog/display.asp?site=11132&subid=22&pg=3

At a minimum, you must be running Windows NT, 2000, or XP. That means if you are running Windows 95 or 98 (yes, there still are people doing that), you're out of luck.


10.Will you be writing any more books on C#?

Not likely.

My publisher believes that I write the best introductory computer books there are--but prefers that I write books only on Introductory topics.

But, as they say, never say never. Stay tuned, and in touch with me, for more information.


11.Will there be Certification exams for C#?

Yes, in fact, there already are 3 exams, 70-315, 70-316, and 70-320. Check these links for more information.

http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-315.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-316.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-320.asp

I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you about Transcender exam preparation, and my ability to get you exam simulations at a discounted price. 

http://www.johnsmiley.com/commercial/transcender.htm


12. Will you be writing C# articles like you do VB6 articles.


Yes, I hope to start writing some C# articles in the next month or so. Be sure to check the link for my Articles page at

http://www.johnsmiley.com/cis18/freearticles.htm


13. I'm having trouble installing the C# compiler--can you help?


Yes I can--I've written an article (complete with pictures) that will guide you through the process. It's my July 2001 article and can be found here.

http://www.johnsmiley.com/cis18/freearticles.htm

 

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