Microsoft Learning Center for Beginner Developrs


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Political Access
26 Apr 2004
Microsoft has launched a new Web site aimed at helping novices learn to write applications and build their own Web sites.

Capping its thrust to tap the nascent market for tools for beginners, Microsoft launched its new Beginner Developer Learning Center on March 1.


The new site targets "absolute beginners," but it doesn't "dumb down" the content, "it simplifies it," he said. "We start by assuming you have no programming experience."

And because people tend to learn in different ways, we are "learning-type-agnostic," Fernandez said, noting that the site offers videos and other types of educational material.

The site offers instruction on both Web and Windows development and it features tiered content. Tier 1 is the starting point where newcomers are introduced to the basic concepts of programming. Tier 2 assumes the subject understands the foundations of .Net development, and by the end of this level they should be able to build a basic, working application. Tier 3 takes the budding developer into the concepts of data access and debugging.
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dave holbon

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26 May 2002
The traditional introduction path for beginners was Visual Basic, now extinct as a supported language. Even if you already had an IT degree how long do you think it takes to become compliant with the .NET way of doing things, a week, a month, a year? Well no actually it takes at least two years to become a developer of “applications” and some.

I’ve actually been to the site and used the beginners course (for eight graders) and have to say that in my opinion about one in a thousand will understand the nature of programming if any at all as no mention is made of why you need to programme in the first place or the even more important understanding of the workflow processes and real life tasks that the programme is to emulate, as that is all a programme does.

Good programmers think lazy, by which I mean they automatically understand that a computer could do this or that ten times quicker than me so ill programme this bit of work out of the equation and spend the rest of the day looking out of the window and wondering! That’s how the whole thing started in the first place people looking for easier ways of doing things.

To become a good programmer in this decade having the knowledge of how to programme on its own is no long enough you need to have insight into what it is your doing as some things are still best left to the old best guessing machine in the universe the “human brain”. Wake up Microsoft.


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