When you have questions about C# 6.0 or the .NET CLR and its core Framework assemblies, this bestselling guide has the answers you need. C# has become a language of unusual flexibility and breadth since its premiere in 2000, but this continual growth means there’s still much more to learn.
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Get up to speed with all aspects of the C# language, from the basics of syntax and variables, to advanced topics such as pointers and operator overloading
Dig deep into LINQ via three chapters dedicated to the topic
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Work with .NET features, including XML, networking, serialization, reflection, security, application domains, and code contracts
Explore the new C# 6.0 compiler-as-a-service, Roslyn
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He was the cofounder of Genamics, a provider of tools for C# and J++ programmers, as well as software for DNA and protein sequence analysis. He is cofounder of Auditionist, a casting website for actors in the UK. He is a co-author of C# Essentials, the first C# book from O'Reilly, and of previous editions of C# in a Nutshell.
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