C# Programming in easy steps – ebook (PDF)


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By Mike McGrath
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Publication date: December 12th, 2016

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This ebook (PDF) version has been updated to cover Visual Studio 2017.

C# Programming in easy steps will teach you to code applications, and demonstrates every aspect of the C# language you will need to produce professional programming results. Its examples provide clear syntax-highlighted code showing C# language basics including variables, arrays, logic, looping, methods, and classes.

C# Programming in easy steps begins by explaining how to install the free Visual Studio Community Edition, to create an environment in which you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book’s examples. It demonstrates all the C# language basics before moving on to provide examples of Object Oriented Programming. The book concludes by demonstrating how you can use your acquired knowledge to create graphic programs for traditional PC Desktop apps, and also as Universal apps for multiple devices.

C# Programming in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:

  • anyone who wants to begin programming in C#
  • the programmer who quickly wants to add C# to their skills set
  • the hobbyist who wants to begin creating apps for their own computer
  • the student, and to those seeking a career in computing, who need a fundamental understanding of C# programming


  1. Getting started
  2. Storing values
  3. Performing operations
  4. Making statements
  5. Devising methods
  6. Handling strings
  7. Accessing files
  8. Solving problems
  9. Creating objects
  10. Controlling events
  11. Building applications
  12. Targeting devices



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About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

Revisions for 2016 original print, and 2017 reprint:

  • Inside front cover – changes under the Switch section
  • Pages 50 and 51 – changes in the syntax on page 50, and the code in Step 5 on page 51. “Don’t Forget” tip removed on Page 51
  • Page 81 – change to Step 2
  • Page 115 – closing brackets in Step 7 and Step 10 should be “)” and not “}”
  • Page 117 – closing brackets in Step 7 and Step 10 should be “)” and not “}”

Updates for Visual Studio 2017

The 2016 original print and 2017 reprint of this title covers Visual Studio 2015. However, since the book was published Visual Studio 2017 is now available, so we have updated the following pages and code examples (above) accordingly. Visual Studio 2017 targets a newer version of the .NET framework to that in Visual Studio 2015, which means readers will need to adjust the target for the appropriate .NET version to run the code.

Updated pages for Visual Studio 2017: