Learning C# 2005, 2nd Edition
Get Started with C# 2.0 and .NET Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2006
Pages: 560

If you're a novice programmer and you want to learn C#, there aren't many books that will guide you. Most C# books are written for experienced C++ and Java programmers. That's why Jesse Liberty, author of the best-selling books Programming C# and Programming ASP.NET, has written an entry-level guide to C#.

Written in a warm and friendly manner, Learning C# assumes no prior programming experience, and provides a thorough introduction to Microsoft's premier .NET language. The book helps you build a solid foundation in .NET, and shows you how to apply your skills through the use of dozens of tested examples. You'll learn about the syntax and structure of the C# language, including operators, classes and interfaces, structs, arrays, and strings.

Better yet, this updated edition of Learning C# has been completely revised to include the latest additions to the C# language plus a variety of learning aids to help lock-in new knowledge and skills. Here's what's new:

  • Extensive revisions to the text and examples to reflect C# 2005 and .NET 2.0 changes
  • An introduction to Visual Studio 2005, the most popular tool for building Windows and web applications
  • More than 200 questions and fully debugged programming exercises with solutions
  • A greater emphasis on event handling
  • New coverage of generics, generic collections, partial classes, anonymous methods and more.

By the time you've finished Learning C#, you'll be ready to move on to a more advanced programming guide that will help you create large-scale web and Windows applications.

Whether you have a little object-oriented programming experience or you are new to programming altogether, Learning C# will set you firmly on your way to mastering the essentials of the C# language.

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Excellent book. A quick read

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Comments about oreilly Learning C# 2005, 2nd Edition:

I've been programming in C# for a few months now, and all the manuals I had were either 6-7 years old, or way too focused on ASP.NET. What I really wanted was a beginning-to-end explanation of the syntax of the language, and I definitely got that with this book.

I was very pleased with all the code samples, though the editor needs a slight slap on the wrists. There were quite a few examples with misspellings (clock instead of Clock, just off the top of my head) that would make replicating the examples a little painful to the reader. Not a huge deal, but for a more inexperienced programmer it could be.

Overall, it was an excellent foray into the world of C# for me, since I consider myself a newbie to C#. Thanks O'Reilly!

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Best programming book I've ever read!

By Henrik Hodne

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I have previous experience with PHP, and decided to learn a programming language to begin some GUI programming. I searched and found out C# probably would be for me, and got this book. I have never programmed in compiling programming language before, but after reading this cover-to-cover in one day, I could do most coding necessary to code several application which I am using daily.

I can recommend this book to all persons wanting to learn C#, either with or without previous programming knowledge.

 
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Good and Solid Book

By Underworld1020

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I've worked with VB .NET for about 2 years now and have recently decided to move to C#. By reading this book I was able to learn C# very well and easily. The book explains the necessary topics relating to C# very well. Also there are barely any typos in the book; there are some but not any significant ones.

The only issue I had was that on the more complex topics near the end of the book the examples contain lots of code and it makes it hard to understand. Obviously more code is necessary for the more complex topics, but they should try to cut down on some of it to make it more simplistic.

The exercises at the end of each chapter are very good. However, the author's solutions often contain keywords and code that hasn't yet been explained in the book. So the author's code is always more advanced than yours.

But, overall I think this IS a very good book and like every book it DOES have some bad spots. But they are bearable and you should have a solid understanding of C# after reading this book no matter what language you came from. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning C#.

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