Editor's Playlist: Programming C# (Microsoft Exam 70-483)

By Mike Woodring on May 29, 2014
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Microsoft offers a set of certifications that validate a software developer's expertise in Microsoft technologies. Certifications such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) are achieved by passing a set of related certification exams, each with a different technology focus.


Course series objective:

Prepare developers for Microsoft exam 70-483, Programming C#.

At first glance, this list of courses may seem daunting. But this is because Pluralsight's developer courses are designed to provide comprehensive coverage of a specific programming language, developer tool, platform or service. Microsoft certification exams, however, are designed to test a developer's knowledge of a broad set of tools and techniques spanning several different technology areas.

As a result, developers who work through every course listed here will learn far more than what is required in order to pass this specific certification exam. To learn more about the relative weight of each major topic on the exam -- which can serve as a guide to specific modules within these courses that are directly relevant to this exam -- consult the Microsoft exam page listed above, in addition to the information here and on each course's home page within our library.


Target audience:

This editor's playlist is intended for software developers who are interested in passing Microsoft exam 70-483, a component of the following MCSD certifications.

MCSD: Windows Store Apps

MCSD: Web Applications


Course sequence:

Course Duration
C# Fundamentals with C# 5.0 6h 14m
C# Programming Paradigms 2h 44m
Introduction to Visual Studio 2012 - Part 1 3h 44m
Introduction to Visual Studio 2012 - Part 2 2h 43m
C# Collections Fundamentals 5h 56m
Practical Reflection in .NET 3h 23m
LINQ Fundamentals 4h 50m
LINQ Data Access 5h 40m
CLR Fundamentals 4h 20m
CLR Threading 2h 37m
C# 5 New Features 1h 15m
Async and Parallel Programming: Application Design 3h 45m
.NET Regular Expressions 3h 29m
Introduction to Cryptography in .NET 2h 03m
ADO.NET Fundamentals 4h 06m
Introduction to ASP.NET Web Services 2h 57m
Total 59h 54m


Course series description:

To begin your journey to C# proficiency, spend a day with Scott Allen learning the fundamentals of the C# language and then the paradigms and idioms that will take your proficiency with the language to the next level.

After acquiring a firm grounding in the language of C#, Kate Gregory's two part series on Visual Studio provides a comprehensive look at the preeminent IDE for .NET developers, covering all the basics of working with projects and solutions, navigating large projects and debugging.

The remainder of the courses in this editor's playlist each focus deeply on a specific aspect of C# and the .NET platform, each of which appears in part on exam 70-483. Although the order shown here represents a suggested viewing sequence for developers completely new to the .NET platform, more experienced developers can use Microsoft's exam page and their own understanding of their individual skills deficiencies to identify selective courses, or portions of courses, to watch in preparation for this exam.

Simon Robinson's C# Collections Fundamentals provides extensive coverage of exam topics relating to CLR arrays, .NET Framework Class Library collections, collection interfaces and enumerators.

Jeremy Clark's Practical Reflection in .NET provides in-depth coverage on one of .NET's most powerful features: reflection, exploring both its capabilities and best practices for practical usage.

In his LINQ Fundamentals and LINQ Data Access courses, Scott Allen returns to provide comprehensive coverage of LINQ, covering exam topics relating to C# query expressions, deferred execution, LINQ to Objects, LINQ to XML, and LINQ to SQL.

CLR Fundamentals provides coverage of exam topics relating to the Common Language Runtime (CLR) including Just-In-Time (JIT) compilation, garbage collection, assemblies and assembly versioning.

CLR Threading picks up where CLR Fundamentals leaves off, and provides a firm grounding in CLR and .NET Framework support for multithreading and thread synchronization. After mastering the fundamentals of multithreading and thread synchronization, watch Ian Griffith's C# 5 New Features course to gain a fast introduction to C# 5's support for asynchronous programming. Dr. Joe Hummel's course, Async and Parallel Programming: Application Design, then tackles design-level asynchronous programming concerns, as well as exam topics such as the Task Parallel Library (TPL), Parallel and PLINQ (Parallel LINQ).

Check out Dan Sullivan's .NET Regular Expressions course for a comprehensive look at the .NET Framework's support for regular expression processing.

Introduction to Cryptography in .NET, by Robert Boedigheimer, is an excellent introduction to the basics of cryptography, and how the .NET Framework Class Library supports cryptographic operations such as hashing, symmetric and asymmetric encryption, and the creation and use of digital signatures and digital certificates.

Finally, this editor's playlist is rounded out by two in-depth courses on data and I/O related exam topics: ADO.NET Fundamentals and Introduction to ASP.NET Web Services.

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Mike Woodring

Mike is the VP of Developer Content at Pluralsight. A former Microsoft C# MVP and multiple U.S. patent holder, Mike has over 20 years of experience developing high performance software systems and training developers around the world.