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  • Hardcover: 1370 pages
  • Publisher: APress; 4th Revised edition edition (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598849
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.6 x 6.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Eastham VINE VOICE on 4 July 2008
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This is a really excellent technical book that you can actually enjoy reading from cover to cover. It assumes a reasonable level of competance, but actually goes through learning C# and .NET in a way that would be an excellent beginners method too (especially if you went through every example, to which source code is available online). The author even manages to get in the odd bit of dry humour too which never goes amiss in a thick technical book such as this!
The book regularly points you at a number of web resources which the author has built up over the years which give excellent additional information about topics which are outside the scope of the book. Overall, I'd say this is one of the best technical books I have ever read.
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Excellent work covering some difficult topics in a detailed but clear manner, illustrated throughout with the simplest possible code examples that suffice to demonstrate the technique under consideration. Some may not appreciate the comparative lack of "real-world" examples, but these would add significantly to a book that already could double as a piece of weight-training apparatus! And the bare bones format of the samples really does make it much simpler to grasp the concepts without getting bogged down in extraneous detail. The book is in hardcover and opens flat (would that this were a more common feature of computer literature!), and although there is no CD included, all the code samples can be quickly downloaded from the associated web site. Apparently as a time-limited offer, the complete book (yes, all 1350 pages of it) can be freely downloaded as a searchable PDF file - a nice bonus for such a weighty tome, that effectively turns it into a portable help file. An additional 5 chapters from previous editions but omitted here can also be downloaded.

As others have mentioned, there are some typos (hardly surprising for a book of this size), but I have so far spotted very few and none of real significance. One reviewer denigrated the writing style. Whilst I do find the over-use of one or two phrases such as "Do be aware that..." a little grating, I find the overall style very readable and effective in getting the message across.
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By Developer Guy on 17 Sept. 2009
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This book is an excellent buy.
You're not going to get the indepth under the hood details like as of the likes of Ritcher, because it isn't aimed at that level.
The book is well written and not hard to follow. The best thing I like about this book, is that this guy explains whats what in a logical and progressive way.
What do I mean by that? Well, for example in the chapter about Generics (in this example specifically containers), he comes out with: 'Given the issues we have just examined, you might rightly wonder when (if ever) would you need to create a custom generic container?' Indeed, if you're following correctly, that is exactly what you are thinking. Why is this good? Well his teaching style is to lead you along and feed you chunks of understandable information which is easily digestable. Then you progress onto the next stage. Before you know it youre at the end of the chapter understanding it all. Not rereading paragraphs over and over again because the content is ambiguous or poorly worded. EXACTLY how a good developers book should be! Not rushed,precise, perfect!
If you are a beginner/intermediate I suggest this book is a very good buy. Top draw stuff.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Edward Xing on 3 Dec. 2007
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After the recent release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET framework 3.5, I was eager to get my hands on a book that would allow me to quickly grasp all the new features in C# 2008. As always I look to the professional series on .NET from APress. This book is the first one I picked out because its previous edition covering C# 2005 and .NET Framework 3.0 is one of my favorite .NET books.

This new edition offers readers a good understanding of all the C# 2008 language features and solid fundamentals of LINQ. It also expands on many of the topics found in the previous edition. You'll find much more in-depth coverage of the .NET framework 3.0 material such WCF, WF and WPF. With a whooping 1370 pages divided into 33 chapters that cover various building blocks of .NET framework, this book is no doubt my #1 bible of .NET framework fundamentals. If this is not enough, you'll find an additional five chapters for free on APress site.

I highly recommand this book not only to professional .NET developers but also someone who's just starting on .NET.
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Quality writing from Mr Troelsen as usual, this edition does not disappoint. His style is very readable making it easy to learn (or revise). After a long break from the IT development market, I chose this as my sole reading material to get me back to work. It took me just under 4 weeks to read cover to cover including the omitted bonus chapters online, and I was easily able to pass technical interviews based upon the information that I either learnt new in this book or refreshed my memory with. Infact, I only needed one technical interview and I got the job I was looking for.

I can't fault his writing or knowledge and will definitely be buying the updated volume(s) as they come out.
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