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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 4 edition (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321741765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321741769
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

“Based on my own experience, I can safely say that every .NET developer who reads this will have at least one ‘aha’ moment and will be a better developer for it.”

—From the Foreword by Don Box

 

The popular C# programming language combines the high productivity of rapid application development languages with the raw power of C and C++. Updated to cover the new features of C# 4.0, including dynamic binding, named and optional parameters, and covariant and contravariant generic types, this release takes the language to the next level by adding the ability to cleanly write programs that don’t rely on static type definitions. This allows dynamic programming languages such as Python, Ruby, and JavaScript to feel native to C#. The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition, continues to be the authoritative and annotated technical reference for C# 4.0.

 

Written by Anders Hejlsberg, the language’s architect, and his colleagues, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde, this volume has been completely updated and reorganized for C# 4.0. The book provides the complete specification of the language, along with descriptions, reference materials, code samples, and annotations from nine prominent C# gurus.

 

The many annotations bring a depth and breadth of understanding rarely found in any programming book. As the main text of the book introduces the concepts of the C# language, cogent annotations explain why they are important, how they are used, how they relate to other languages, and even how they evolved.

 

This book is the definitive, must-have reference for any developer who wants to understand C#.

 

With annotations from:

 

Brad Abrams

Joseph Albahari

Krzysztof Cwalina

Jesse Liberty

Eric Lippert

Christian Nagel

Vladimir Reshetnikov

Marek Safar

Chris Sells

Peter Sestoft

Jon Skeet

Bill Wagner

About the Author

Anders Hejlsberg is a programming legend. He is the architect of the C# language and a Microsoft Technical Fellow. He joined Microsoft Corporation in 1996, following a thirteen-year career at Borland, where he was the chief architect of Delphi and Turbo Pascal.

 

Mads Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# language at Microsoft, where he runs the day-to-day language design process and maintains the language specification.

 

Scott Wiltamuth is Director of Program Management for the Visual Studio Professional team at Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, he has worked on a wide range of development tools, including OLE Automation, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript, JScript, Visual J++, and Visual C#.

 

Peter Golde was the lead developer of the original Microsoft C# compiler. As the primary Microsoft representative on the ECMA committee that standardized C#, he led the implementation of the compiler and worked on the language design. He is currently an architect at Microsoft working on compilers.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By VV Kamiansky on 9 Feb. 2011
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Whatever you want to know about C#, you find it in this great book by founding fathers of the language. Annotations from the known experts make the book even better, tying the whole text together and focusing you on important and interesting bits of knowledge. To me it's like an official C# bible (well written by the way).
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Great and clear reference for an already quite digestible language reference. The annotations on this book alone are worth their weight in gold. I hope an update is planned.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful By manifesto on 26 Feb. 2012
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If your a beginner wanting a book to ease you into C# then this is not the book for you.
After buying the LINQ book (which is excellent) in the same series I had high hopes for this book.

Unfortunately, this book is written for people who want to know the underlying structure of C#, rather than how to code in C#.
The written style is very terse and on occasions I had to re-read paragraphs over and over and still didn't have a clue what they meant - it feels like it is written in machine code!
The examples are sparse and not very informative.

This book is not for the faint hearted and if you want a book that teaches you the C# language that's easy to read and with good examples I urge you to look elsewhere.

For me, this book is more confusing than helpful.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A solid book on C#, but... 14 Jun. 2011
By Björn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have 1e, 3e, 4e of this book, 1e was a classic, but from 3e, the format changed and a dozen or so annotators joined to contribute to the somewhat dry language description. This was certainly a good thing. However, it would have been better if someone more carefully reviewed the text.

I found two obvious errors in the first 50 pages:

p38: the classes Student and Employee should derive from Person.

p48: "Unfortunately, with the event keyword, Completed is just a public field of type delegate,
which can be stepped on by anyone who wants to"
which should read "..., without the event keyword...".

These might be minor details to an experienced reader, but for someone new to C#, it's very confusing.

What's more annoying is the lack of a place to submit errata so that new printings can correct these defects.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book 10 July 2013
By G. Askew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Many people that already have Visual Studio may be surprised to learn that they already have this book. It is located at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC#\Specifications\1033\CSharp Language Specification.doc.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must read if you want to really understand C# 23 July 2012
By Nigel Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read the reviews that complain the book is too technical. Honestly, what do you expect when you buy the definitive reference written by the author and chief architect of the language? For those who want to truly understand C#, this book is an absolute must-have. Don't use it to learn C#. There are many primers on the language. Use it to study C# if you really want to take your understanding to the next level.
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Three stars 24 Feb. 2012
By Patrick E. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I code in C# but do not yet have a great reference or a primer on the architecture of the language such as I have for Java. After getting this book, I am no better off. I wanted to just browse through and learn, but gave up on that quickly. The book has four main authors and fourteen others who contribute little boxes - the effect is something like reading some code that began with somewhat random structure that has been patched by eighteen people.
I thought about how vast the topic of collections and arrays is. Hejlsberg et. al. provide only an 8 page chapter on "Arrays" which hits some of the high points but to me was mostly fluff. Nothing on collections, nothing on what types and categories of collections exist by function, or even by name. There is a similar chapter on Delegates.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Bible of C# 3 April 2013
By Bernard Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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This sits on the shelf and comes out when I find myself not comfortable with my understanding. When it does come out, I find my self reading and re-reading many chapters. This is my definitive C# manual.
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