Head First C#, 3rd Edition
A Learner's Guide to Real-World Programming with C#, XAML, and .NET
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2013
Pages: 1100

Head First C# is a complete learning experience for learning how to program with C#, XAML, the .NET Framework, and Visual Studio. Fun and highly visual, this introduction to C# is designed to keep you engaged and entertained from first page to last. Updated for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013, and includes projects for all previous versions of Windows (included in the book, no additional downloading or printing required).

You’ll build a fully functional video game in the opening chapter, and then learn how to use classes and object-oriented programming, draw graphics and animation, and query data with LINQ and serialize it to files. And you'll do it all by creating games, solving puzzles, and doing hands-on projects. By the time you're done, you'll be a solid C# programmer—and you'll have a great time along the way!

  • Create a fun arcade game in the first chapter, and build games and other projects throughout the book
  • Learn how to use XAML to design attractive and interactive pages and windows
  • Build modern Windows Store apps using the latest Microsoft technology
  • Learn WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) using the downloadable WPF Learner's Guide
  • Using the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern to create robust architecture
  • Build a bonus Windows Phone project and run it in the Visual Studio Windows Phone emulator

Projects in the book work with all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Express editions.

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  • Well-written (14)
  • Concise (11)
  • Accurate (8)

Cons

  • Difficult to understand (5)
  • Not comprehensive enough (4)
  • Too many errors (4)

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5.0

I thing the best book

By jack95

from Czech republic, Europe

Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

I have many books of c# from edition 2005. But in Czech language. This book is perfect for W8. I have used this book every time when I have any problem with my app.

 
5.0

Perfect for me!!

By Wilson

from Taichung City,Taiwan

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

    Really useful for me!
    I live this book so much that I have bought several books published by O'Reilly Head First.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent

    By Stah;

    from Warri, Nigeria

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    Pros

    • Challenging Exercises
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Poorly structured

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    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

    Challenging exercises and fun writing make this a good introduction to the C#. However, if you have never programmed before, you will find this book very confusing and not really useful. Learn programming concepts elsewhere.

     
    4.0

    So far so good.

    By Mimi23

    from MPLS, MN

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    Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

    Working through the book right now. I like it and the training on C# with the XAML and .NET framework. I will add more later.

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    3.0

    Very Confusing Physical Book

    By MB

    from Lebanon, ME

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      • Difficult to understand

      Best Uses

      • Expert
      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

      We utilized this product for a term as our text book for C#. The ability to use the book resources during various part of the term were great so we didn't have to recreate items and code from scratch. However, i found the book to be pretty confusing from a beginners view of the book itself. With so much insertion as you try to read the book and not knowing if the insertion belows to what you are reading of else where on the book. I'm sure it's filled with lots of good and useful information have fun trying to find it.

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      1.0

      So far, awful

      By ihatethisbooksomuch

      from Elmira, NY

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        • Difficult to understand
        • Not comprehensive enough

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        Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

        Very confusing. No resources to help you when you get stuck. This book was quite expensive, and I feel that it was money wasted.

         
        5.0

        So far, excellent intro to basics

        By Ckigar

        from Kansas city

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        • Concise
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          Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

          I am still early on in the book however it seems to be well organized and easy to follow and a good grounding in the basic environment

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great books, however...

          By Dicky2k3

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Developer, Self-taught Student

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          Pros

          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Entertaining
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • Outdated Fix Available
          • Too many errors

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          • Intermediate
          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

          I, like a lot of people bought this book with the expectation to be able to start on page one, follow it exactly and arrive at the same result's as the instructors. This did not occur. The book itself is designed for Windows 8.0 and Visual Studio 2012. I however am running Window's 8.1 and VS2013. They have provided the first 3 updated chapters available for download which will assist with getting past these Window's store focused chapters. All in all, I still recommend the HeadFirst line of books due to their originality and their ability to keep me focused on the project at hand.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          not happy!

          By Andy

          from london

          Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

          why doesnt it say anywhere on this book before you buy it that you should be buying the previous version if using windows 7 what a waste of money!

           
          5.0

          problems with chapter 2

          By Vlad

          from Ukraine

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          Cons

          • Difficult to understand

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          • Novice

          Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

          I am using Windows 7 with Visual Studio 2012 Express. While performing the "Use the debugger to see your variables change" I didn't accept the appropriate result. I did see any yellow highlight with my int number = 15 and couldn't use add watch. I use code from this page for WPF and result was the same. Help me!o_O Please!

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