Here’s a different kind of post for today: a top 10 list. These are the top 10 most popular no-cost, on-demand courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Each course is broken into modules of approximately 30 minutes or less; if you like what you see and want to keep learning, click through to the next module. Below, click the title for each course to read more details, including any prerequisites.
Study the fundamentals of JavaScript programming, including concepts applicable to web-based video games, enhanced user interfaces, and dynamic webpages. Also, walk through tools, writing code, and much more.
IT pros, this SQL Server queries course is great if you’re already familiar with database fundamentals and working with SQL Server—and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level. It can also help you prepare for Exam 70-461, good toward MCSA: SQL Server certification and a requirement for Data Analytics and Data Platform competencies. Learn to retrieve, insert, and update your database information, study data manipulation statements and how to alter tables, and see practical demos.
This course is designed for app developers who want to design and build apps for Windows Phone 8.1 using XAML and C#. The course focuses on building apps for Windows Phone 8.1 in Visual Studio and creating universal app projects that share a high percentage of code and that target both Windows and Windows Phone.
Developers: take this course if you are ready to begin enterprise web application development, need to ramp up on Model View Control (MVC) features, or wish to update your Microsoft certification. This ASP.NET development course tells you what you need to know and prepares you for Exam 70-486, to help toward MCSD: Web Applications certification and the Application Development competency.
This course provides an accelerated introduction to help you learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and other basic programming skills. It also helps you prepare for Exam 70-480, a component of the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification and Application Development competency required exam. Learn to implement programming logic, define and use variables, perform looping and branching, develop user interfaces, capture and validate user input, store data, and create well-structured applications.
Learn the fundamentals of HTML5 & CSS3 programming, concepts about web pages, CSS3 styles, HTML5 features, getting the web principals, writing code, and more.
This course covers Windows Phone UI with XAML layout and events, navigation model, application lifecycle, and working with the Windows Phone Emulator. Also explore Model-View-ViewModel and HTML apps in the WebView, and get details about storage, maps, animations, and media.
This developer training course covers C#, Microsoft’s managed C-style language for the .NET Framework. Specifically, this training can help you prepare for Exam 70-483, to help you meet requirements for MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification and the Application Development competency. Microsoft experts provide samples to show simple and complex techniques that you as a C# developer can take back to your workplace.
Developers, are you looking to level-up your web dev skills? Are you a front-end coder who wants to learn how to build data-driven, server-side web applications? Maybe you know some Web Forms and want to make the jump to ASP.NET MVC (model view controller). This ASP.NET introduction course focuses on the basics of this popular framework for building scalable, standards-based web applications using well-established design patterns, so you can ramp up quickly.
1. And, finally, the number-one most popular course on MVA right now: C# Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners
Want to learn a different language? Learn the fundamentals of visual C# programming, C# concepts applicable to video games, mobile environments, and client applications. Also walk through getting the tools, writing code, debugging features, customizations, more.
Also new on MVA and maybe of interest:
  • Best of Build and Windows 10 – If you are wondering about the exciting announcements at Build 2015, you’re in luck. Step through sessions on the new Windows 10 app model, open source tools, Microsoft Edge, the Internet of Things (IoT), and universal app creation in Visual Studio 2015, and much more.
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