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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4.0

So far so good.

By Mimi23

from MPLS, MN

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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.

 
3.0

Very Confusing Physical Book

By MB

from Lebanon, ME

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    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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      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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        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

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        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

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        • Too many errors

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        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.

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        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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        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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        1.0

        Doesn't Explain Anything for Beginners

        By AZ Jack

        from Chandler, AZ

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

          Good luck figuring out how to get past Chapter 1.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best programming book I've ever seen.

          By Eric

          from Sauk Rapids, MN

          About Me Business Owner, Designer, Developer, Modeler, Music Maker

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          • Gave How To Fix Errors
          • Gives Helpful Hints
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            Comments about oreilly Head First C#, 3rd Edition:

            I started a small company with my friend, with NO knowledge of programming at all. Since I was using Unity, I had to either choose from c#, Java, or Boo. I was trying to learn some Java, but it was very confusing for me. So, I tried C#, and it was the perfect coding language was going to use. When I was looking around at the book store, I saw this. I bought the book, and in just 20 pages, I already learned how to make an app and grid stuff out. It was also confusing at a lot of parts, but it always gave how to fix the error. I have never seen the errors miss. I am really glad I found this book, I recommend it to ANYONE who doesn't have any knowledge with C#. Even if you code in C#, this will still make you learn even more.

             
            5.0

            The book to purchase before you give up

            By boreepark

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

              I believe the authors have really got it right. Work through the exercises and you will learn the correct way to program. All the little things regarding the Visual Studio IDE that hold you back are explained. It is as though a beginner programmer wrote and tested as the book was written. This is THE book to buy.

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