Programming & Development

55337 Introduction to Programming


In this 5-day course, students will learn the basics of computer programming through the use of Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 and the Visual C# and Visual Basic programming languages. The course assumes no prior programming experience and introduces the concepts needed to progress to the intermediate courses on programming, Programming in C#. The focus will be on core programming concepts such as computer storage, data types, decision structures, and repetition by using loops. The course also covers an introduction to object-oriented programming covering classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Coverage is also included around exception handling, application security, performance, and memory management.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for anyone who is new to software development and wants, or needs, to gain an understanding of programming fundamentals and object-oriented programming concepts. They will typically be high school students, post-secondary school students, or career changers, with no prior programming experience. They might want to gain an understanding of the core programming fundamentals before moving on to more advanced courses such as Programming in C#.

Course Objectives
Explain core programming fundamentals such as computer storage and processing.
Explain computer number systems such as binary.
Create and use variables and constants in programs.
Explain how to create and use functions in a program.
Create and use decisions structures in a computer program.
Create and use repetition (loops) in a computer program.
Explain pseudocode and its role in programming.
Explain the basic computer data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, and queues.
Implement object-oriented programming concepts.
Create and use classes in a computer program.
Implement encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism.
Describe the base class library (BCL) in the .NET Framework.
Explain the application security concepts.
Implement simple I/O in a computer program.
Identify application errors and explain how to debug an application and handle errors.
Identify the performance considerations for applications.

Course Outline:

Computer Data Storage and Processing
Application Types
Application Lifecycle
Code Compilation

Data Types
Variables and Constants

Introduction to Structured Programming Concepts
Introduction to Branching
Using Functions
Using Decision Structures
Introducing Repetition

Understand How to Write Pseudocode
Algorithm Examples
Introduction to Data Structures

Introduction to Program Errors
Introduction to Structured Error Handling
Introduction to Debugging

Introduction to Complex Structures
Introduction to Structs
Introduction to Classes
Introducing Encapsulation

Introduction to Inheritance
Introduction to Polymorphism
Introduction to .NET and the Base Class Library

Authentication and Authorization
Code Permissions on Computers
Introducing Code Signing

Using Console I/O
Using File I/O

Value Types vs Reference Types
Converting Types
The Garbage Collector

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