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Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime (Microsoft .NET Development Series) (Paperback): 1 Paperback – 4 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (4 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201734117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201734119
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Don taught me stuff I didn't know about my own product! And I bet he'll teach you something, too."
—From the Foreword by James Miller, Lead Program Manager, Common Language Runtime, Microsoft Corporation

Essential .NET, Volume 1, provides everything developers need to take full advantage of the power of Microsoft .NET. This book describes, in depth, the glue of the .NET Framework: the Common Language Runtime (CLR). Box and Sells explain the inner workings of the CLR—the rationale behind its design, the problems it solves, and the role of type in CLR programming—and show readers how to build better applications using the .NET Framework while gaining a more complete understanding of how the CLR works.

The book is packed with the practical detail and expert advice only Don Box can provide. Topics covered include:

  • CLR's evolution
  • Assemblies in the .NET Framework
  • The CLR type system
  • Programming with type
  • Objects and values
  • Methods
  • Explicit method invocation
  • Application domains
  • Security
  • Interoperability

Essential .NET, Volume 1, is an authoritative guide to the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime.

Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series are written and reviewed by the principal authorities and pioneering developers of the Microsoft .NET technologies, including the Microsoft .NET development team and DevelopMentor. Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series focus on the design, architecture, and implementation of the Microsoft .NET initiative to empower developers and students everywhere with the knowledge they need to thrive in the Microsoft .NET revolution.


About the Author

Don Box is a leading educator, recognized authority on the Component Object Model (COM), coauthor of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) specification, and coiner of the term "COM is Love." He recently joined Microsoft as an architect in the Microsoft® .NET Developer and Platform Evangelism Group.

Earlier in his career, Box cofounded DevelopMentor Inc., a component software think tank aimed at educating developers on the use of the COM, Java, and XML. A popular public speaker, Box is known for engaging audiences around the world, combining deep technical insight with often outrageous stunts.


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Trip VINE VOICE on 21 Dec 2002
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Don Box's classic, Essential COM, laid clear the obscure and ambiguous COM runtime, and Effective COM (where Chris Sells also contributed) gave true practical knowledge - Don Box has once more delivered the goods. Chris Sells (co-author of the magnificent ATL Internals) also co-authored this one and between them they have raised the bar yet again.
Essential .Net not only provides great detail and insight into the underlying machinery, it very quickly provides the reader with absolute gems of information - in particular Type checking performance with isinst and castclass. It keeps on giving with wonderful explanations of metadata, messages as method calls, memory management and performance, security and permissions, and the list goes on. We all know that the CLR provides very rich services to the modern developer, we now know how, and at what cost. This is an invaluable resource.
Admittedly the assumption is made that the reader has some technical knowledge and ability in the .Net arena as not all concepts are spoon-fed, however the kind of information presented here is targetted to those who intend to maximise this knowledge and create better software - it is not for the raw beginner. Having said that, I would still recommend this to beginners and those new to .Net wherein this book shows people where their attention should be focussed and where they should reinforce their knowledge.
I couldn't put this one down when I first got it. Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Developer Guy on 24 May 2009
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I actually bought this book as a second hand book on Amazon - what a purchase!
Ok, first things first. Some of the negative reviews saying this book is worthless are totally misguided.
This book is simply a top draw master piece. Yes it's a bit long in the tooth, but still worth paying for - period.
The content of this book is what I would call exceptional. People who disagree are entitled to their opinion but my suspicions are they're not reading it correctly. You have to concentrate and read slow since it's compacted with excellent info.
There are some things in the book that are not covered 100%. I found that I had to look a bit deeper by searching the msdn website - but that was really because I'm quite pedantic with details. I have no problem with that.
On par with Jeff Richters CLR via C#.
Mr Box & Mr Ritcher are Gods. Period.
Do yourself a favour and buy this book. You'll get a good second hand price too! Everyone wins!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Mar 2005
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This is simply the de-facto book if you need to know everything about the murky depths of how the CLR works. One thing this book is not is a wordy, overlong book for the easily distracted like the 'Headfirst' series. It's concise, technical and doesn't pull any punches when explaining the intricate details of the CLR. Do NOT read this book if you're expecting an easy introduction to .NET, DO read it if you are a fairly advanced .NET developer who needs to moce to the next level...
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