.NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition
Introducing the .NET Framework
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2003
Pages: 380

Fully updated for version 1.1 of the .NET Framework, .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition is an objective, concise, no-nonsense overview of the Microsoft .NET Framework for developing web applications and services. Written for intermediate to advanced VB, C/C++, Java, and Delphi developers, .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition is also useful to system architects and leaders who are assessing tools for future projects..NET Framework Essentials touches all the bases--from the Common Language Run-Time (CLR) and key class libraries to the specialized packages for ASP.NET, Windows Forms, XML Web Services, and data access (ADO.NET). The authors survey each major .NET language, including VB.NET, C#, J#, and Managed C++, as well as MSIL, clearing away the noise and hype, and presenting a clear, practical look at the underlying technologies. .NET Framework Essentials also provides a handy reference to the most commonly used features of .NET Framework.Written by two veteran web applications developers, .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition is one of the most complete, concise, and ultimately useful books to describe the breadth of technology represented by .NET.Compact and free of fluff or proprietary hype, .NET Framework Essentials is an outstanding value for experienced programmers and architects who need to get up to speed quickly.

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Best ever 'under the hood' .NET Book

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    Comments about oreilly .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition:

    This book makes abstract concepts understandable.You never get lost in the details. As you read the book, you realize the author is proper expert.

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    getting old

    By frogola

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    Comments about oreilly .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition:

    This was a very good book when it came out in 2003. Now in 2008 with the current .net framework at 3.5 this book seems rather dated, as it covers version 1.1.

    Will this book be updated or will it just go out of print? Can't tell from O'reilly's website.


    Framework for all!

    By Eduardo Cesar Lunardelli

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    Comments about oreilly .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition:

    This book really was one of the first ones that my pupils had started to study in the course. It said they whom our day would start here, and after one year of study I see that this was the tip initial foot for our group of study.

    Really the concepts of ADO NET and the library of access the data, as well as the XML presents good examples to give itself in a course.

    Now the pupils are diving of head in the secrets of web services and learning SOAP and Web Forms... Thus, this book I recommend to have an ample vision of the architecture of framework, and its languages.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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    By Jose Ramírez

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    Comments about oreilly .NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition:

    We are in front of an excellent introductory book oriented, mostly, to the experienced Web, VB, Java, C++ programmer who wants to get into .NET. The book makes the conceptual transition easier, presenting good analogies and code comparisons. This is not a book for the experienced .NET developer, but it is an excellent resource if you want to become one.

    The book is updated for the .NET Framework 1.1, covering: .NET Platform, CLR, .NET Programming, Components, Data and XML, Web Services, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, .NET and Mobile Devices. The best chapters are the devoted to XML (chapter 5) and Web Services (chapter 6), the continuity of the explanation, the examples selected and the organization conform an outstanding introduction to the concepts and facilities of .NET in the Open world. Equivalent code examples in VB, C++, C#, J# and even in IL (Intermediate Language) are presented side by side, seasoned with analogies with Java and other non.NET languages.

    Chapter 7, ASP.NET, presents an excellent transition roadmap from ASP to ASP.NET. This chapter will be appreciated by the ASP developer that is evaluating the migration and pondering the effort and impact. The problem with this chapter is the very limited number of illustrations. Many verbose explanations about the output produced by example code would be clarified.

    The authors seems to be are very experienced, present the information in a clear and concise way. Each subject is preceded by context and background information, and the footnotes and remarks are really useful. I would expect more references. No introduction is complete without a review of the books and online material available, given the reader an idea of how to proceed with the in-depth study of each subject.

    The presentation of the book is excellent, the fonts were good selected, the index is very detailed. The Appendix B (Common Acronyms) is a bless in the Microsoft Acronyms jungle. The notation and conventions are easy to follow.

    If you are an experienced developer, familiar with Object oriented concepts, and want to know how costly will be to migrate to .NET, this book is a good starting point.

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