Chapter 1: Creating Your First C# Console Application
In This Chapter
Getting a quick introduction to programming
Creating a simple console application
Examining the console application
Saving code for later
In this chapter, I explain a little bit about computers, computer languages — including the computer language C# (pronounced “see sharp”) — and Visual Studio 2012. Then I take you through the steps for creating a simple program written in C#.
Getting a Handle on Computer Languages, C#, and .NET
A computer is an amazingly fast but incredibly stupid servant. Computers will do anything you ask them to (within reason); they do it extremely fast — and they’re getting faster all the time.
Unfortunately, computers don’t understand anything that resembles a human language. Oh, you may come back at me and say something like, “Hey, my telephone lets me dial my friend by just speaking his name. I know that a tiny computer runs my telephone. So that computer speaks English.” But that’s a computer program that understands English, not the computer itself.
The language that computers truly ...