C# in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2002
Pages: 864

C# in a Nutshell provides everything programmers need to know about the C# language in one concise and accessible volume. Designed as a primary reference for daily use, it also includes all the essential background information to become productive quickly. Not a "how-to" book or a rehash of Microsoft's documentation, this book goes to the source of the C# language and the APIs of the .NET Framework to present the content in a way that professional programmers will value above all other books.

Brief introductions to the language and .NET runtime provide the needed preparation for programming with the C# language, whose keywords and syntax are then detailed in subsequent chapters. Next, C# in a Nutshell presents key namespaces and types of the .NET Framework base class library which provides much of the functionality and power of the language. Using C# examples, the .NET Framework covers each core area, including:

  • Strings
  • Collections
  • XML
  • Networking
  • Input/Output
  • Serialization
  • Assemblies
  • Reflection
  • Custom Attributes
  • Memory Management
  • Threading
  • Integrating with Native DLLs
  • Integrating with COM Components
  • Diagnostics

Determined to provide even more value, C# in a Nutshell moves into a comprehensive language reference, plus syntax, XML documentation tags, naming and coding conventions, and the various C# development tools--the kind of reference material programmers will use every day.

Next, an extensive and quick reference to the API is presented, featuring the System namespace. Particularly useful are the many figures and tables that present the main features of the namespace. For those looking create alternatives to Microsoft's implementation of the C# Programming Language and the Common Language Infrastructure as submitted to ECMA (an international standards organization), each element included in the ECMA submission is clearly labeled. Finally, the entire reference is based on Version 1 of the .NET Framework and generated by tools written in the C# language itself.

Every once in a while, a book becomes the de-facto standard for a technology, operating system, or programming language--which is exactly what C# in a Nutshell aims to do in a single straightforward and easy to use volume.

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This book rocks

By Aaron

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Actually during the first times before buying this book I was kinda skeptical about this book because when ever I bought a book about C#, I couldn't find what I am looking for, the real C# and its core syntax. They were just talking about this and that but not the C# itself so I couldn't make my decision for that book that much easily. But after buying that I was like "Yeah, that's the book I've looking for for a long time". The author is talking about the real C#, the syntax and the way how C# works and how one can write code better.

Thanks to the author of this book. It's really something.

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Great Book

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this book is Very Good .

I told my friends about this book.

All my friend buys this book.

 
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This book can act as both an intro to C# and as a quick reference. I particularly like the namespace to assembly mapping (Appendix E) and the Quick Reference (Part IV).

 
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The book is a welcomed compliment while programming in .Net. It offers simple examples for items you may forget or have forgotten.

It also offers the opportunity to glance at classes you may not have seen nor taken advantage of.

I would recommend this book to anyone already familiar with .Net, and as a compliment to any other "learning .Net" book for someone who may be new to .NET.

 
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The first reviewer does not appear to have suffered through the early .NET books. This book is even better than the authors' prior works. Buy C# in a Nutshell if you already have all the other books and if you already know your stuff. You will be DELIGHTED. This is the best Nutshell book yet!

 
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Applying Oreilly's Nutshell format to C# & .Net was always going to be powerful. This huge, dense book is packed with information and is similar in format to the recent editions of Java Nutshell.

However, I think it is not quite as clearly written as Java Nutshell; particularly the language & features explanation section felt a bit rushed and abbreviated.

My main complaint is that it is incomplete, without being upfront about it. Many of the .Net libraries are skipped, and nowhere is there a clear statement of which are omitted and why. Remoting, Security and UI classes are not covered, and I would guess some companion volumes are anticipated.

Not a complete reference, but a good effort at this early stage of C#.

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