Scott Hanselman

Introducing The .NET Coding Pack for VS Code - Getting Started with C# for Beginners

May 20, 2021 Comment on this post [8] Posted in Learning .NET
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Are you trying to learn to code? Or perhaps you're an educator or a student, or you know someone who us? Sometimes it's intimidating when you consider all the things to install and run to get started.

Well, we've created a series of all-in-one installers - coding packs - that will set you up in Python, Java, or as of today - C# and .NET!

Check out and

I'm happy to announce our preview of the .NET Coding Pack. You can grab it at! We have a .NET Coding Pack for Windows and a .NET Coding Pack for Mac.

When you're done installing, just press Finish and Visual Studio Code will launch into this .NET Interactive Notebook!

It's like Microsoft Word, except some of the paragraphs are words and some of the paragraphs (called "cells") are code you can run! 

Getting Started with C#

Consider this a Beta Release as we want feedback and bugs from you!

We'll be developing notebooks and courseware but more importantly YOU can also make .NET Interactive Notebooks and share them on GitHub!

Add Code Cell

You can add Markdown (text) or add Code, and then share them with your friends or students!

NOTE: If you are a pro dev and already have Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code installed, you don't need to get this coding pack. The pack installs these things, locally, as anon admin user. You can just add the ones you don't have.

  1. Install the latest Visual Studio Code.
  2. Install the latest .NET 5 SDK
  3. Install the .NET Interactive Notebooks extension from the marketplace.
  4. Download our Getting Started with C# Notebook and open it in VS Code.

Give it a try at and report issues here

Also be sure to scroll down on as there are TONS of videos and docs to help you on your journey! We have courseware and training at and a community here to help

Nearly every day we have YouTube shows with real humans talking about the things they're making with .NET! Check that out at and subscribe to our YouTube

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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May 22, 2021 19:06
Don't know what we would do without folks generous with their knowledge and time. Thanks so much!
May 23, 2021 1:49
This is pretty slick. Is there one for learning PowerShell?
May 24, 2021 21:51
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May 25, 2021 16:31
That's great initiative. It will make learning .NET so much easier for new developers.
May 26, 2021 14:56
May 27, 2021 15:16
As always great insightful post. I'm pleasure to read this, thank you for sharing, good luck.
May 28, 2021 13:18
fake vaccine boy
- heres me having mcdonalds
- heres me getting my 2nd shot of a fake vaccine
- you're a creep hanselman, and part of the death cult

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