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TechBookReport review of 'Programming C#'

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The following is an extract of a review of the book 'Programming C#' by
Jesse Libety and published by O'Reilly. The review is from
TechBookReport (

Jesse Liberty's Programming C# quickly established itself as one of the
better C# books when the language (and .NET) was first introduced by
Microsoft. Now, timed to coincide with the hoped for release of .NET 2.0
and Visual Studio 2005, O'Reilly have released a fourth, updated edition
of the book.

As before the book is aimed at the programmer wishing to switch to C#,
particularly those from a C++, VB or Java background. It's not really a
book for the first-time programmer, all of the usual introductory stuff
(this is what a loop is…) is skipped and the book assumes that the
reader understands programming, though not C# or .NET.

Organised into three parts, the opening section provides an introduction
to the language. It starts with a primer on .NET and the CLR and then
moves quickly into variables, objects and classes, polymorphism,
interfaces etc. That's a wide scope, of course, and at times the
material is very concise but on the whole all of the major areas are
covered. New C# features, such as the use of generics, are also covered
in this edition of the book.

The next section of the book moves beyond the language itself and looks
at using it to create applications. There are three chapters in this
section that look at Windows Forms, ADO.NET and ASP.NET, all making use
of Visual Studio. While it's good that there is coverage of ADO.NET, it
could have done with some additional examples. Still, ADO.NET is enough
to fill a couple of books all by itself, so the introduction is welcome
enough. A final chapter in this section puts it all together using a Web
Services example app.

The final section of the book looks at a range of topics under the
general heading of 'The CLR and .NET Framework'. These include major
topics such as threads, reflection, streams and I/O, assemblies and,
finally, the tricky relationship between .NET and COM.

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This is one of a number of C# and .NET book reviews at the site.
Jul 21 '05 #1
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