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Peter Drayton , Ben Albahari , Ted Neward
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8 Nov 2002 059600429X 978-0596004293 1

C# programmers all have one thing in common -- they're learning a new language. That fact alone brings challenges, frustrations, and constant demands on your patience. And, no matter how good your reference books are, you can't always stop to thumb through hundreds of pages to find the piece of information you need. Your answer is the C# Language Pocket Reference. Concise and easy to use, this handy pocket guide to C# comes from the authors of C# in a Nutshell, and is a must-have quick reference for anyone implementing this new object-oriented language.The C# Language Pocket Reference offers the convenience of a quick reference in a format that will actually fit in your pocket. The book includes a guide to C# language elements, a brief overview of the Framework Class library, a cross-reference for namespaces and assemblies, a list of compiler syntax and switches, a regular expressions reference guide, and more. You'll be surprised at how much information can fit into this slim volume.O'Reilly's Pocket References have become a favorite among programmers everywhere. By providing a wealth of important details in a concise, well-organized format, these handy books deliver just what you need to complete the task at hand. When you've reached a sticking point in your work and need to get to a solution quickly, the new C# Language Pocket Reference is the book you'll want to have.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (8 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004293
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of the material is exactly what a pocket reference should be and there is no pointless 'page-filling' reference material. -- Peter Sheehan, The Assayer, Feb 2003

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Peter Drayton is an independent consultant, helping early-stage companies define and build systems that take advantage of technologies such as .NET, SOAP, XML, and COM+. Peter is also an instructor for DevelopMentor, where he teaches Essential C#.NET. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Peter now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Julie. He spends his spare time researching .NET and tinkering with a small flotilla of computers cluttering up their a partment. He can be reached at peter@razorsoft.com.

Ben Albahari is cofounder of Genamics, a provider of tools for C# and J++ programmers, as well as software for DNA and protein sequence analysis. He is author of A Comparative Overview of C#, a frequently cited comparison of C# with C/C++ and Java that was recently named by DevX as one of the top 10 .NET sites. Ben is a resident of Perth, Australia, and in his spare time enjoys composing music on his computer. He can be reached at ben@genamics.com.

Ted Neward is an independent software development architect and mentor in the Sacramento, California area. He is the author of a number of books, including Server-Based Java Programming (Manning), the forthcoming EffectiveEnterprise Java (Addison-Wesley) and Shared Source CLI Essentials (O'Reilly) and co-author of C# In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) with Peter Drayton and Ben Albahari. He is also an instructor with DevelopMentor, where he teaches and authors both the Java and .NET curriculum. He speaks frequently for technology user groups and writes technical papers for www.javageeks.com and www.clrgeeks.com. He currently labors on behalf of the University of California, Davis, architecting a rebuild of the Davis Accounting and Financial Information Services software system. Past clients include companies like Pacific Bell, EdFund, Synergex and Intuit.

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3.0 out of 5 stars C# Language Reference 5 Feb 2009
By U. Khan
This book is VERY concise on the features of the C# programming language. I bought it before I had written any C#,having been told that C# was similar to Java, which is a language that I know very well.

In hindsight, I might have chosen a slightly wordier book. There are examples to highlight the concepts, but if you're looking for a little more elaboration, there are more appropriate books out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Goods 11 Jun 2011
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Item as expected no big surprise there reasonably priced and goods arrived when listed,
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5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest little book there is 15 July 2003
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This book is a dream. I’ve been learning C for a while now and the books that I was using – although good – were designed so that you took ages finding just a small piece of information. This book has everything that you can want at your fingertips. All topics are well organised and most importantly – concise. No trawling through paragraphs of general waffle and the authors bad jokes (a feature now common in programming books), this book just gives you facts coupled with clear examples. I cannot recommend this book enough.
If you want to learn C there is no substitute for buying a book which walks you through each step and gently introduces you to Cs features, but if you are familiar to C and just want quick information, this book will be more than sufficient. Think of it as a dictionary. You already speak English but you still need one to clarify things, that is this book; a quick reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reference and starter 5 Feb 2006
By BB - Published on Amazon.com
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Having coded in C++ for years with only a small amount of experience in C#, this book was a great asset. It gives a good overview of the basics of C# and doesn't gloss over important details like space requirements and (optional) memory management.

The book is also a great reference for the .NET Framework. Obviously it does not give an in depth explanation of every concept, being only 118 pages long. Instead it references a number of .NET libraries that you should look into depending on what you're trying to do. I love this concept! Now whenever I want to try something new, I first check in the Pocket Reference to see what I should look into, then either go to MSDN or crack open a larger, less navigable manual.

Recommended for all those relatively new to C# and in need of a good starting point in the .NET Framework.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Quick Overview Of C# 21 Jun 2005
By Dan McKinnon - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone that is looking to learn or make the transition to C#, this is a nice little overview to quickly get your feet wet. Being a pocket reference, this isn't meant to be a book where you can quickly become a C# expert, rather it's a nice, light introduction to what this new language by Microsoft provides and why .NET development is so easy (hint: C# makes quick use of all the thousands of modules already built by other programmers in the past)!!

These little pocket reference books should accomplish a couple of things: giving you a quick overview of the language, providing tables & figures stating the new conventions used, and namespaces/libraries that can be called up to speedily use pre-existing code. For this price, I think that you would find the 'C# Langugage Pocket Reference' to be a fine way to start your C# career or even quickly brush up on topics you might not have remembered.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book! 1 July 2010
By DBishop - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was used for a college course as a reference book. Served it's purpose and came in handy. Good buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful pocket reference 27 Jan 2013
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide really helps when you need to quickly remember the proper usage or syntax of a C# component. It manages to contain all of the information you'll need in an easily accessible quick reference format.
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