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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3.4

(based on 34 reviews)

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73%

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Pros

  • Easy to understand (20)
  • Well-written (16)
  • Helpful examples (15)
  • Concise (11)
  • Accurate (10)

Cons

  • Difficult to understand (6)
  • Not comprehensive enough (5)
  • Too many errors (5)

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  • Novice (16)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Out of date?

By Michael

from Petaluma, CA

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate
    • Student

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

    I like the book but it is a bit outdated. If they had a new 2017 version that was updated to the latest version of C# and VS (with a few bug fixes) I would recommend. But there are a few things in this book no longer supported by Microsoft - such as the SDF file (which is pretty important to be updated on).

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Pffffft

    By Xxx

    from Yyy

    About Me Pissed Off

    Pros

    • Nothing

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Moron

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

    No

    Wish i could make some pictures and drawings as well to show you what i think of this crap

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Im stuck

    By Dave the programmer

    from UK manchester

    About Me 14 Year Old Kid

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to understand
    • Mixed Difficulty
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Non Non And One More Non

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Student

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

    hi i got something i do not understant i am at page 176 and it says to go to this website for the graphics but i cant find it and this is by the way a very good book it blends into difficulty and you do not even notice

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Pick a Different Book

    By Kato

    from Colombia, MD

    Pros

    • Moves Quickly
    • Thorough

    Cons

    • Cluttered Pages
    • Horrendous Design
    • Misleading Diagrams
    • Poor At Teaching Concepts

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    • Expert

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

    Book has plenty of examples and code projects to work on. At the least it covers much of C# and the language features, however, it does contain a variety of issues and weak practice.

    Good things:
    Code snippets and examples are covered thoroughly and are marked up plenty. Diagrams are helpful for those who are visual learners. Code is always accompanied by lots of labels and comments.

    Bad things:
    Much of the book's code uses bad practice - and I mean bad to the point where I could never recommend this book to someone learning to code because of all of the bad habits it'd teach. The code's design structures usually are horribly flawed in numerous ways, even if they work.

    In addition, the book's examples throw the reader into complicated GUI code that is impractical for someone who's just learning the language. It may be called "Headfirst into C#", but you have to draw the line somewhere. There's no reason to delve into designing a skyscraper when you're teaching someone how to build a lego-house, but this book essentially does the equivalent of that.

    In addition, diagrams often provide bad metaphors and representations of the language and how it works.

    Overall, I'd recommend a different book. Headfirst doesn't offer an approach that's friendly, practical, or even helpful to newer developers/programmers - I wouldn't use this book for teaching if possible. More advanced users are better off picking a book that just shows off C#'s features rather than the odd headfirst approach.

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    don't buy the book, save your money...

    By henk

    from Hannover

    About Me Developer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Examples Are Worthless
      • Windows 8 Needed

      Best Uses

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

        Even the very first example does not work on windows 7. I cannot find the menu points as indicated in the book. I buy a book to have all materail at hand. I don't want to download more outdated stuff to go through outdated examples...
        The basic idea of the book should be c#, not a microsoft marketing show like "how to convince customers to buy windows 8"!
        If the book depends on windows 8, why is there no hint on the cover????????????????????
        I thought I bought a c# book...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for me!!

        By Wilson

        from Taichung City,Taiwan

        About Me Designer

        Pros

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

        Cons

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          • Intermediate
          • Novice
          • Student

          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

          About Me Developer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Challenging Exercises
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • Difficult to understand
          • Poorly structured

          Best Uses

          • 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

          Verified Buyer

          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.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Very Confusing Physical Book

          By MB

          from Lebanon, ME

          About Me Designer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • 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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