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  • Question

  • Hello,

    I would like to learn to develop apps for the desktop and phone on windows...maybe even cross platform. I was looking to be pointed in the right direction on tools, language, etc..

    I've looked at visual studio and it is quite intimidating since it does everything and the kitchen sink. The new Code app looks nice since it does less of the work for me and isn't as feature rich..I may learn more.

    Also, do I start with C#? What is the best language to start with.

    And finally, there is a wealth of information here. Can I get pointed to a place for those with 0 experience.?

    Any Guidance would be great. Thanks so much

    Tim Apple

    Thursday, April 30, 2015 3:38 PM

Answers

  • Definitely do use Visual Studio. You can download the free Community Edition. Yes, it does lots of things, but you don't need to use all of the features from the start; you can start with the basics and then make use of additional features when you have reached the point where you are ready for them.

    Yes, I recommend starting with C#, since this is the language in which you will find most of the examples and tutorials. Unless you are already very proficient with javascript, in this case you can choose to write your desktop and phone applications with this language. Note that when I say "desktop" I am thinking about the new "Win Store" apps because they are most similar to Windows Phone and you can reuse most of your code between both. If you want classic Win32 apps then forget about javascript.

    For a starter, view the courses at the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy). If I recall correctly, there was some traininig there that was pretty basic.

    Monday, May 4, 2015 5:44 AM
  • Hi I highly recommend starting with These tutorials here http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/c-fundamentals-for-absolute-beginners and then continue here www.LearnVisualStudio.net . In my opinion the best starting Point. Cheers, Stefan

    Blog: http://stefanroth.net If my post helped you, please take a moment to vote as helpful and\or mark as an answer

    Monday, May 4, 2015 5:53 AM

All replies

  • Definitely do use Visual Studio. You can download the free Community Edition. Yes, it does lots of things, but you don't need to use all of the features from the start; you can start with the basics and then make use of additional features when you have reached the point where you are ready for them.

    Yes, I recommend starting with C#, since this is the language in which you will find most of the examples and tutorials. Unless you are already very proficient with javascript, in this case you can choose to write your desktop and phone applications with this language. Note that when I say "desktop" I am thinking about the new "Win Store" apps because they are most similar to Windows Phone and you can reuse most of your code between both. If you want classic Win32 apps then forget about javascript.

    For a starter, view the courses at the MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy). If I recall correctly, there was some traininig there that was pretty basic.

    Monday, May 4, 2015 5:44 AM
  • Hi I highly recommend starting with These tutorials here http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/c-fundamentals-for-absolute-beginners and then continue here www.LearnVisualStudio.net . In my opinion the best starting Point. Cheers, Stefan

    Blog: http://stefanroth.net If my post helped you, please take a moment to vote as helpful and\or mark as an answer

    Monday, May 4, 2015 5:53 AM