Programming C#, 4th Edition
Building .NET Applications with C#
By Jesse Liberty
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2005
Pages: 672

The programming language C# was built with the future of application development in mind. Pursuing that vision, C#'s designers succeeded in creating a safe, simple, component-based, high-performance language that works effectively with Microsoft's .NET Framework. Now the favored language among those programming for the Microsoft platform, C# continues to grow in popularity as more developers discover its strength and flexibility. And, from the start, C# developers have relied on Programming C# both as an introduction to the language and a means of further building their skills.

The fourth edition of Programming C#--the top-selling C# book on the market--has been updated to the C# ISO standard as well as changes to Microsoft's implementation of the language. It also provides notes and warnings on C# 1.1 and C# 2.0.

Aimed at experienced programmers and web developers, Programming C#, 4th Edition, doesn't waste too much time on the basics. Rather, it focuses on the features and programming patterns unique to the C# language. New C# 2005 features covered in-depth include:

  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Generics
  • Collection interfaces and iterators
  • Anonymous methods
  • New ADO.NET data controls
  • Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Programming
Author Jesse Liberty, an acclaimed web programming expert and entrepreneur, teaches C# in a way that experienced programmers will appreciate by grounding its applications firmly in the context of Microsoft's .NET platform and the development of desktop and Internet applications.

Liberty also incorporates reader suggestions from previous editions to help create the most consumer-friendly guide possible.
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More of a 'learning' title

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This book shares much of its content with 'Learning C#' by the same author (often word for word) and it really is another introductory text, pitched to an only slightly more advanced audience than its counterpart. Be prepared for over-long examples, patronising "this is what programmers call a...", tedious explanations of the simplest things, with important and useful info crowded-out by stuff you already know if you've not been buried under a rock for the last 10 years.

This was meant to be a *Programming* title, Jesse.

But there is hope, in the shape of O'Reilly's 'C# in a Nutshell', which is the no-nonsense handbook some of us were hoping for and a really excellent guide to the language. Check it out first.

 
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This is one of the best .NET that I have ever read. Love it!

 
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I read this book again and again, and every time I fill amazed as clear and ease to understand this book is written.

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Great coverage of C#2.0

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I read some criticisms of the earlier versions of this book. I think they're all wrong. This is a great book if you want to learn C#, not Windows Forms, ASP.NET. The title is Programming C# not Windows Forms in C#. If you want a thorough coverage of C#2.0 this is the book to buy.

Coming from a C++ and Java background the differences and similarities are highlighted but could easily be skipped over if the reader has no previous knowledge of Java or C++(also VB6 and VB.NET).

Also another great thing that this book has been criticised for is the insistance on lots of code samples. Wow people complaining about code samples?!! I mean what do people expect from a book about programming?! UML diagrams? It's code heavy but the code is not bloated and clearly shows the practical use of the language feature. A few lines of code says a thousand words. Also typing in code samples makes it stick, how many times do you think you know something until you sit at the keyboard and say 'Wait how do I do that again?'?

Also Jesse Liberty's writing style is very easy to follow, I found that if I read this book at the keyboard or away from it that I was still taking in the content.

So if you really want to learn C# and not have to take onboard a library load of Microsoft marketing spiel then buy this book. (Also see Jesse Liberty's OnDotNet articles too at http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/239 )

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