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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735624305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735624306
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Sharp gained an honors degree in Computing from Imperial College, London. He has been developing software and writing training courses, guides, and books for over 25 years. John has experience in a wide range of technologies, from database systems and UNIX through to C, C++ and C# applications for the .NET Framework, together with Java and JavaScript development. He has authored several books for Microsoft Press, including six editions of C# Step By Step, two editions of Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step, and the J# Core Reference.

John also writes for the Patterns and Practices group within Microsoft, and has helped to develop several guides covering a variety of areas, including Windows Azure, software development, and data access.

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John Sharp is a principal technologist at Content Master, part of CM Group Ltd, a technical authoring and consulting company. An expert on developing applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework and interoperability issues, John has produced numerous tutorials, white papers, and presentations on distributed systems, Web services, and the C# language. He is the author of several popular books, including Microsoft Windows® Communication Foundation Step By Step and Microsoft Visual C# Step By Step.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
Firstly, ignore the above review of this book! Whoever wrote it posted it under the wrong book!

I'm a VB programmer who had to convert to either C# or Vb.net, and decided on C# as I liked the idea of everything being 'out in the open' as opposed to VB hiding some of the code. Because of the .net framework you can do exactly the same with both languages... but anyway thats another story! The main thing is I was a VB6 programmer moving to C#!

This book helped make that change fairly painless, with clear exercises and jargon-free explanations. That said, I wouldn't recomend this book for an absolute beginner to programming, as the pace picks up relatively speedily.

Also I sometimes found that I'd do the excercises, read the summary, finish the chapter and then be a bit confused as to what I had just done. Maybe this is because I have a rubbish attention span, but I found that to get a crystal clear idea of what the book was getting at I had to back it up with some internet research (there are some great tutorials out there that are much easier to understand than this book if you search the web a bit), but this book provided the foundations that, once put another way, made everything click into place.

As for the size of the thing... it's certainly hefty and well worth the money - less than £20 (at 666 pages thats 3p a page!) you could do much, much worse than buy this.

Overall - highly recomended.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By AlanMusicMan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2008
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I tried to learn C# a couple of years ago from another book by a different author. However, having done VB6 for soooooo long I found that this other book assumed you had come from a C++ background and were familiar with that world - which I was not. Result=unhappiness.

This book is far better for us VB diehards! On the assumption that you are really using Vis Studio 2008 (which means all the examples will match what you see on screen) I would have no hesitation in recommending this book as both a conversion course from VB6 or C++ to C# and also a pretty good intro to programming in general.

The book's pace is gentle and logical, and I am now over halfway through it and have not come up against any of the step-changes in pace and assumption that so often mar other programmers books which purport to be for beginners.

As with so many aspects of book learning, I also find this learning easy, because the author seems to be on my wavelength, none of the relentless "humour" which gets so tedious and intrusive in other books (especially the "For Dummies" series), but nevertheless there is a lightness of tone in the writing here which I find just right.

The book is split into easily digestible chapters, which means you can slot in your learning around real-life, and of course the supplied CD contains the full text of the book and all the example programs. This means you can take your learning on the road, if you are lucky enough to have a laptop - i.e. you don't need to haul the fairly sizable dead-tree product around with you.

So, as a VB6 programmer of many years who is trying to get to grips with one of the .Net languages, I have found this book invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jamie J. Keeling on 11 Sept. 2009
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I'm currently doing computer programming at University and i already have experience in C++, VB, C# and C, i've got basic knowledge of C# but there were still many things i wanted to do but didn't know how. I needed a book to answer those "How the hell do you do this?" questions and this is the best book i've ever had so far.

Everything is explained clearly and each chapter is written in a way that you can work on them seperately but still use them and modify them to suit your own needs.

The companion CD includes several code exercises, all code samples as well as a fully searchable .pdf book.

All in all an excellent choice as well as roughly half the price that it can be found in some retailers (Waterstones).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florin on 4 July 2010
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As someone who has no idea of programming whatsoever, this book didn't come handy. I'd give it 1(one) star as a first time learning tool. It does explain the theory, but the exercises won't help you too much. Went for Head First C# and I seem to be doing more progress. Well, at least I enjoy that a whole lot more!

Warning! After reading a few books and doing some online tutorials, I draw the conclusion that programming is not easy! Find the book that suits you, consult more sources, but still expect hard work!

I'd say go for it if you know another language. You'll be pleased to find references to other languages (C++, Java, VB etc.) I gave it four stars because I think it might be appropriate for this category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SkyPro on 4 Nov. 2008
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This is a comprehensive guide to C# by a very readable author. I have a lot of other programing books but found this to be a lot more accessible and usable than most. The Microsoft Step by Step format may not be to everyone's taste, but in its favour, it is clear, concise and straightforward, with enough advanced topics to make it really useful. This is a book I keep on the main shelf and provides a lot of value.

An essential book for any dev's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ProgrammerWhizz on 11 Nov. 2010
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This is a brilliant guide to Visual C# 2008.

I am an experienced HTML, VB and C++ programmer and wanted to try my hand at C#. This book includes all the essentials that you would need to know when using Visual Studio or VS Express.

Would be happy to read this time and time again, the practical activities in the book are excellent and I use this as a regular reference book.
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