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Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform, Fourth Edition [Hardcover]

Andrew Troelsen
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15 Nov 2007 1590598849 978-1590598849 4th Revised edition

Book Description

The first edition of this book was released at the 2001 Tech Ed conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that time, this text has been revised, tweaked, and enhanced to account for the changes found within each release of the .NET platform (1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and now 3.5).

The last version, .NET 3.0, was more of an augmentative release, essentially providing three new APIs: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). As you would expect, coverage of the "W's" has been expanded a great deal in this version of the book from the previous Special Edition text.

Unlike .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5 provides dozens of new C# language features and .NET APIs. This edition of the book will walk you through all of this new material using the same readable approach as was found in previous editions. Rest assured, you'll find detailed coverage of Language Integrated Query (LINQ), the C# 2008 language changes (automatic properties, extension methods, anonymous types, etc.) and the numerous bells and whistles of Visual Studio 2008.

What you will learn

  • Everything you need to know - get up to speed with C# 2008 quickly and efficiently.
  • Discover all the new .NET 3.5 features - Language Integrated Query, anonymous types, extension methods, automatic properties, and more.
  • Get a professional foothold - targeted to appeal to experienced software professionals, this book gives you the facts you need the way you need to see them.
  • A rock-solid foundation - focuses on everything you need to be a successful .NET 3.5 programmer, not just the new features. Get comfortable with all the core aspects of the platform - including assemblies, remoting, Windows Forms, Web Forms, ADO.NET, XML web services, and much more.

Who is this book for?

If you're checking out this book for the first time, understand that it targets experienced software professionals and/or students of computer science (so please don't expect three chapters devoted to "for" loops). The mission of this text is to provide you with a rock-solid foundation to the C# 2008 programming language and the core aspects of the .NET platform (OOP, assemblies, file IO, Windows Forms/WPF, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF,WF, etc.). Once you digest the information presented in these 33 chapters, you'll be in a perfect position to apply this knowledge to your specific programming assignments, and you'll be well equipped to explore the .NET universe on your own terms.

Product details

  • 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: 350,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech-Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is now in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Technical Book 4 July 2008
By A. Eastham VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Bible of .NET Framework Fundamentals 3 Dec 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and readable 16 July 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets to the core in a clear and consice way 7 May 2010
You get the important stuff about C# with no more or less words then needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars C# 17 Feb 2010
By C. Howe
Coming from a C++ background on Unix, I wanted to learn C# on windows and found this an excellent book to learn C#. The examples are clear and concise, there are 33 chapters which cover what I imagine to be alot or all of the C# features. I didn't find this book to be verbose even though it has over a 1000 pages, the author concentrates on getting to the examples with short clear descriptions of the C# features beforehand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 5 Jan 2010
The book was recommended to me by many developers on IRC and Internet forums. I wanted a book that was able to teach me a deeper side of .NET using C# ... and all I can say is it has done that (Even though I'm only half way through the book). I was definatly shocked by the number of pages in the book, bursting from cover to cover with valuable information.

This book is a must for any serious C# developer that wishes to deepen their understanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 17 Sep 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for C# programmers 5 Sep 2009
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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2.0 out of 5 stars You need to know C or possibly Java to benefit from this book
I if hadn't been trained in C many years ago I doubt I would have made any headway with this book.

I am an experienced programmer mainly in VBA. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by I. W. Whyte
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal all round reference book
I am in the process of writing a substantial application, my first in C#. This is a very useful book which covers most topics that you will need. Read more
Published on 6 July 2009 by Chris B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Concise And To The Point
Definitely not for people with absolutely no programming experience, this is more of a crash course in C#/.NET rather than a crash course in programming. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by N. Ryall
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a computer scientist
UPDATE: Professional C# 2008 (Wrox Professional Guides) is much, much better. I've learned much more in a week or two with this than with Troelstra in a month or two. Read more
Published on 10 May 2009 by Christopher Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary of .NET 3.5
I purchased this book as a result of a search for a reference material that would provide an overview of the new language features and components provided by the 3.0 and 3. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by Mr. S. Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate
Fortunately C# and .NET aren't the most taxing topics in software development, otherwise this book wouldn't be adequate. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2008 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Broad but neither deep nor concise
I can recommend this book but only to programmers experienced in an OO language.

I have only read 500 pages so far but am sufficiently annoyed that I felt the need to... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2008 by Mr. Geoffrey J. Hellings
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