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Intro to Software Development   

Class Overview

Would you like to create interactive, real-time 3D experiences? Begin learning how to develop your own apps in virtual reality in this hands-on class, the first of three in the Virtual Reality Foundations Certificate course.

This introductory class will get you started as a developer using C# programming language. Knowing C# is a highly valuable skill for a developer. It’s considered one of the easiest programming languages to learn, known to be efficient, versatile, and scalable, and has a big community of users. It has proven to have lasting power compared to other programming languages. 

Explore how to manage source code, and build, deploy and integrate the software stacks that support C# applications.

The content of this class will be focused on three areas: 

  1. C# language
  2. Object-oriented programming
  3. Development environments and processes used to build, test, and deploy applications 

This class will address the following topics:

  • Introduction to Visual Studio, the structure of a C# program, and the anatomy of an application project file
  • C# syntax and features including Exception Handling
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Interfaces, Inheritance, and Polymorphism – what they are and why this would matter in developing games
  • Advanced C# features (indexers, delegates)
  • Accessing data using Entity Framework
  • Introduction to continuous integration and continuous deployment or delivery (CI/CD)
  • Introduction to Unit Testing
  • Introduction to Application Performance
  • Model-view-controller (MVC) framework – a primer

Virtual reality offers unlimited possibilities for use in science, technology, education, entertainment, and beyond. It is a rapidly expanding and lucrative new field -- and highly compensated. VR developers earn an average salary of $93,400 according to Glassdoor.

At the end of the class, you will have a foundation in the tools and processes required of the modern developer, a solid basis for the next two classes in the Virtual Reality Foundations Certificate.

Learning Objectives

  • Create applications using C# and object-oriented programming (OOP)
  • Understand how to build code in a collaborative environment using version control systems
  • Investigate and troubleshoot applications

Who Might Enjoy This Class

Anyone (18 years old or older) who would like to:

Preferred Qualifications

  • High-school-level of mathematics knowledge
  • Basic familiarity with computers, including graphic software like Adobe Photoshop
  • Basic knowledge of programming concepts like variables, loops, and conditional logic

Supplies and Materials Needed


This class is currently not available. 


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