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Microsoft has launched a new site, Beginner Developer Learning Center.  This adds to, but does not replace, the Express sites and Coding4Fun.

Much of the content seems to be copied from other Microsoft sources.  However it has been put together in a very clear, step-by-step, learning path to get started.  Overall, it looks like Microsoft has done a good job organizing the information.

Their target audience, if you judge by the photos, would seem to be kids.  And this will probably turn some people away since the content is not aimed at kids, with the exception of a link on the page to a Kid's Corner.  When I clicked on it I expected to be greeted with toddler's in diapers coding away.  What you get are pictures of the same kids.  Microsoft needs to change this.  At least use high-school kids outside the Kid's Corner.

The only real gripe I have is that is stops short of any deeper learning and doesn't give further direction.  But according to the start page you don't need any.

Here you'll find a rich array of learning content that starts with the very basics, and guides you through step-by-step to becoming a fully-fledged developer!

Fully-fledged developer?  So Microsoft, you would hire someone based on completing this information?

(If you want to go a little deeper in web development, check out my previous post on learning to program ASP.NET.)

As a side note, the Express sites have also had a re-work to now include information by topic: Windows, Web, Game and Hardware.

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2007 7:20 AM .NET | Back to top


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Thanks for posting about this! Having created the four express feature tour videos (the 25-30 minute introductory videos for C#, VB.NET, C++, and ASP.NET), I'm particularly interested in them being successful. Hopefully they will be helpful for those just getting started.

I LOVE the fact that Microsoft is offering such great tools to the community for free.
Left by Lorin Thwaits on Mar 02, 2007 11:31 AM

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Sir I down bcs and i doing jog from last year how I can improved my programming skils
please give idea
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