Microsoft Is Releasing Their Development Courses On edX

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Microsoft today announced that they are joining edX, a leader in the online learning movement called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to offer key development courses from Microsoft experts on edX.

Through our edX courses, taught by Microsoft experts, students will be empowered to build innovative applications, services, and experiences on the Microsoft platform that will help them make a meaningful impact in today’s interconnected world. Our courses provide hands-on experience with broad reach, cutting-edge technologies in areas including cloud services, mobile development, and data sciences in order to bring the learner the greatest opportunity to gain relevant and marketable skills.

The first round of courses chosen for this program are focused on the most widely applicable, in-demand technical skills and feature interactive coding, assessments, and exercises.  Students can audit Microsoft courses for free, or alternatively obtain a verified certificate from edX for a small fee. Enrollment opens today, with courses beginning at the end of March.

The following Microsoft courses are included.

  • Programming with C#

C# is a widely-used .NET programming language that is designed to provide a simple yet powerful language for general purpose programming needs. Students will learn the fundamentals of C# supporting cross-platform application development.

  • Introduction to TypeScript

TypeScript is a new highly-productive superset of JavaScript that is rapidly gaining currency amongst developers who build and maintain large JavaScript applications. In this course, co-authored by Anders Hejlsberg, students will learn language syntax and how to use TypeScript to generate JavaScript for any platform.

  • Introduction to Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a mobile-first web UI framework originally developed at Twitter that has become a foundational technology for front-end web development. This course will investigate the power of Bootstrap and how to implement it in applications.

  • Querying with Transact SQL

Transact-SQL is the structured query language for SQL Server. This course will show how to use Transact-SQL to code a range of solutions, ranging from retrieving data from a SQL Server database to implementing transactional programming logic.

  • Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

This course takes a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions on Microsoft Azure.  Students will learn the latest tools and technologies in cloud development and study the techniques for cloud-based application design.

  • Introduction to Office 365 APIs

Office 365 offers the tools users need to get work done anywhere and on any device. In this course, developers will learn how to create robust cross-platform applications using Office 365.

  • Windows PowerShell Fundamentals

This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills needed to use Windows PowerShell to automate common administrative functions in Windows-based clients and servers. Students will get hands-on practice to replace manual, repetitive, and time-consuming operations with effective, automated solutions in both local and remote scenarios. This course is offered as part of the edX Professional Education series and has a fee associated with it.

Source: Microsoft

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