Algorithm Projects with C#

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This project is part of the liveProject series Six Small Algorithm Projects with C#
WPF • classes • constructors • override `ToString` • arrays and lists • work with text files
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topological sorting • PERT charts • critical path methods • Gantt charts
Rod Stephens
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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Enter the realm of project management: your job is to oversee the construction of a castle, ensuring that the project is completed on time. Many of the tasks in the schedule are dependent on other tasks, and some will inevitably fail to be done by their due dates, risking the delay of the entire project—and the wrath of the Evil Overlord. To prevent this catastrophe, you’ll perform topological sorting to determine which tasks can be scheduled, use the critical path method to find out which tasks will be delayed by the delay of another task, and build PERT and Gantt charts to see critical paths and task dependencies in a visual way.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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This liveProject is for intermediate C# programmers who are familiar with WPF. To begin these liveProjects you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Visual Studio 2022
  • Windows operating system
  • Create a class
  • Define constructors
  • Override a class’s `ToString` method
  • Work with arrays and lists, and iterate through them
  • Read and write simple text files

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to perform topological sorting, use C# to build PERT charts and Gantt charts, and other highly useful scheduling skills:

  • Make classes that can build linked data structures
  • Use C# to parse data in files
  • Find critical paths
  • Draw with WPF


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