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Programming C# 5.0: Building Windows 8, Web, and Desktop Applications for the .NET 4.5 Framework [Paperback]

Ian Griffiths
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8 Nov 2012 1449320414 978-1449320416 1

After a dozen years of incremental changes, C# has become one of the most versatile programming languages available. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn just how powerful the combination of C# 5.0 and .NET 4.5 can be. Author Ian Griffiths guides you through C# 5.0 fundamentals and teaches you techniques for building web and desktop applications, including Windows 8-style apps.

Completely rewritten for experienced programmers, this book provides many code examples to help you work with the nuts and bolts of C# code, such as generics, dynamic typing, and the new asynchronous programming features. You’ll also get up to speed on XAML, ASP.NET, LINQ, and other .NET tools.

  • Discover how C# supports fundamental coding features such as classes, other custom types, collections, and error handling
  • Understand the differences between dynamic and static typing in C#
  • Query and process diverse data sources such as in-memory object models, databases, and XML documents with LINQ
  • Use .NET’s multithreading features to exploit your computer’s parallel processing capabilities
  • Learn how the new asynchronous language features can help improve application responsiveness and scalability
  • Use XAML to create Windows 8-style, phone, and classic desktop applications

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  • Paperback: 886 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449320414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449320416
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Windows 8, Web, RIA andApplications for the .NET 4.5 Framework

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Ian Griffiths is an independent WPF consultant, developer, speaker and Pluralsight instructor and a widely recognized expert on the subject. He lives in London but can often be found on various developer mailing lists and newsgroups, where a popular sport is to see who can get him to write the longest email in reply to the shortest possible question. Ian maintains a popular blog at and is co-author of "Windows Forms in a Nutshell" and of "Mastering Visual Studio .NET".

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By Jonm
This is not a book for beginners to learn C#, but is a good programmers reference especially if you have written in object oriented languages before (e.g. C++). I am finding it authoritative and well written and able to dip in for the bits I need without reading the whole book end to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want to know C#? Then buy this. 20 Jun 2013
By Dave
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Firstly, a disclaimer.

I know Ian (a little bit), and we've shared the odd beer and cab.

However, Ian is one of the best and most knowledgable authors and speakers that I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Not only does he understand the technology, he is able to clearly relay the "why" as well as the "what" and "how". His book moves along at a suitably brisk pace, and covers all the bits of the language and technology that you need to know, to the point that you can travel freely and more deeply into the various specialised areas of WPF, or WinRT, or ASP.NET, or whatever.

A worthwhile book that every .NET developer should be able to get their hands on, just so that they can go back and refresh their knowledge from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the bar high, like always 12 Jan 2013
By Jeremy Morgan - Published on
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This book is the guide to C#, especially if you want to focus on the language.

I should disclose I am an experienced C# programmer, but after not doing as much for a while I jumped back in with this book and it really got me ready.

It contains examples, but also explains clearly each concept. It's thorough and detailed in many areas where others aren't. It isn't one of those books that focuses on forms and Visual Studio, this gives you a solid language foundation.

You're going to find this book covers a very wide range of the language and lots of concepts. A must have if you're going to do any serious C# development.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for understanding the CLR though the lens of C# 19 Dec 2012
By Luis Abreu - Published on
[Disclaimer: I've received a free copy of this book from O'Reilly]
I've finally managed to finish reading Ian Griffiths' last book (yep, it's a big book!) and I can tell you that it's a great piece of work. In a similar vein with Jeffrey's CLR via C# (I'll be writing a review about this in the next couple of days), but with a different approach to the topics, Ian uses the C# 5.0 language to explore the CLR. It covers a lot of ground and that means it won't be as deep as deserved in some areas (ex.: I think that Reactive Extensions deserved a little more love than it got). Oh, and yes, even though there's a chapter on XAML and another on ASP.NET, don't expect to see a lot of stuff covered about those platforms. Yes, they do cover some ground and they might be enough if you've got some experienced and just need the basics to get started. However, they're far from enough if you're looking for specific in depth coverage in each of those areas.

The text is clear and the prose is pleasant (at least, for about 95% of time) and I think this book would be a good addition to the bookshelf of any C# developer. Overall, I'd give it an 8/10.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good writing! 16 Jun 2013
By R Brown - Published on
I'm about 100 pages into this and I'm all smiles.

There is an ocean of poor programming books out there - books that are too trite, books where the author can't stop trying to be funny even though they are not (and never will be), books full of editorial dereliction of duty, books written by authors who may or may not be able to program well but are for sure butchers of the English language, and books full of random sidebars and tangents that can't decide what they want to be.

Anyone trying to get and stay technically literate in software knows that the one thing they will never have enough of is time - which means it's imperative to just say "no" early and often to crummy books. And as well, it's imperative to sing it from the rooftops when you actually find a good one.

Griffiths writes very well, at a level that's pragmatic and well-paced for his intended audience - experienced programmers who are new to C# and .NET. I'm in this demographic, and I picked up and put down several crummy C# books before finding this gem. Well done!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 14 Jun 2013
By Thomas Svensen - Published on
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This is just how I think a book about programming should be. Starting from a fairly basic level, it gives you a complete overview without going into unnecessary details. Throughout the book, the author explains the reasoning for the language design, be it historical, related to Java, Win32 or something else. He also provides best practices, and last but not least: the code examples are excellent! The have the minimal number of lines needed to show the approach, and never give you the feeling you need to have Visual Studio open to really understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably best C# book on the market today. 13 Dec 2012
By Drewes J. Kooi - Published on
I have many .net books and also several new C# reference books, but this book has taught me the most. It is very pleasant to read, the author has a very clear way of explaining C# syntax and also the background why things work the way they do. Highly recommended if you want to bring your C# and .Net skills up-to-date.
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