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C# Audio Learning? (learn in the car) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Does anyone know of (and can anyone recommend) any *audio* learning packages for C#? I'm preparing for the 70-483 exam and am starting to read my fourth book on the subject, but I would REALLY like to also have something I could listen to repeatedly in the car for memorizing key aspects of the language in order to supplement my learning. I've already bookmarked the MS video learning stuff for C#, etc, but I am specifically looking now for audio-only learning.

    Not interested in brain-dumps, obviously. Nor audio that originally accompanied video that would not make much sense without it. Ideally I would like the equivalent of "flashcards" (audio-only) that can help me cram more into my head.

    I noticed that "Test King" offers an audio-only component for like $35 or so, but I don't know how legitimate it is or if it's any good, etc, as they offer no audio-only samples.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me find what I'm looking for!

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:36 PM

Answers

  • Hi, Will.

    TestKing was one of many brain dump sites sued by Microsoft for selling Brain Dumps and they are still selling questionable materials today.

    Something that works for me in my car is my Kindle device. You can plug it into the auxiliary audio input of your car's stereo. Most computer programming books on the Kindle are "Text to Speech" enabled. This means that your Kindle can actually read the book to you with a male/female voice. You have to use a Kindle device, though.

    For example, if you look at this book on Amazon, take a look under Product Details. You will see that it is Text-to-Speech enabled.

    Unfortunately, source code doesn't translate well to audio readers. "See pound curly brace private static void..." is useless to you in your car when spoken. The audio training materials (like you suggested) may make more sense.

    However, other books like this have much more textual content that might be easier to learn in your car when stuck in traffic. This book has several chapters covering multithreaded apps, including the new features. Don't choose too boring of a topic or you'll end up falling asleep! A data warehousing book can have that effect. LOL...

    Perhaps you already have other Kindle books and didn't realize this capability. Just a thought.

    Good luck on your exam. I'm taking 70-483 later this month. I am using a free Second Shot voucher in case I fail so I can retake it again for free.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:53 PM
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  • There are also a number of C# resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site which come with downloadable videos.  It wouldn't be too difficult to strip out audio content from these videos.

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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:34 AM
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  • Hi, Will.

    TestKing was one of many brain dump sites sued by Microsoft for selling Brain Dumps and they are still selling questionable materials today.

    Something that works for me in my car is my Kindle device. You can plug it into the auxiliary audio input of your car's stereo. Most computer programming books on the Kindle are "Text to Speech" enabled. This means that your Kindle can actually read the book to you with a male/female voice. You have to use a Kindle device, though.

    For example, if you look at this book on Amazon, take a look under Product Details. You will see that it is Text-to-Speech enabled.

    Unfortunately, source code doesn't translate well to audio readers. "See pound curly brace private static void..." is useless to you in your car when spoken. The audio training materials (like you suggested) may make more sense.

    However, other books like this have much more textual content that might be easier to learn in your car when stuck in traffic. This book has several chapters covering multithreaded apps, including the new features. Don't choose too boring of a topic or you'll end up falling asleep! A data warehousing book can have that effect. LOL...

    Perhaps you already have other Kindle books and didn't realize this capability. Just a thought.

    Good luck on your exam. I'm taking 70-483 later this month. I am using a free Second Shot voucher in case I fail so I can retake it again for free.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:53 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks Davin, interesting idea. I'd considered something similar, namely running the pdf version of one of the books I own (or could buy) through a text-to-speech program and then listening to that in my car, but most books do seem to incorporate a lot of code that wouldn't translate very well. I was really hoping for something pre-packaged just for this purpose. I did run across one guy's set of like 210 "flashcards" that maybe I could add to and then record myself for playback, but obviously there's some work involved with that...

    Thanks for the heads-up though on Test King--I will definitely avoid that.

    -_Will

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:34 PM
  • There are also a number of C# resources on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site which come with downloadable videos.  It wouldn't be too difficult to strip out audio content from these videos.

    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:34 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks again, guys.
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:32 PM
  • I just bought a book on audible for C#. 
    Sunday, October 9, 2016 8:20 PM