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4.0 out of 5 stars http://csharpbookreviews.blogspot.com/, 25 Sep 2005
This review is from: C# in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
Part I of this book is solid gold. It condenses a lot of information in a very readable (and standard O'Reilly) way. It runs down through all the standard coding statements, syntax and algorithms without any fluff explaining the whats and whys. This clearly marks the book for intermediates coming from a different programming language background rather than someone new to coding.
There are no surprises from the normal O'Reilly Nutshell look and feel, it's a consistent book that provides you with a good overview of the C# functionality and a good map for using the correct .NET objects.
The first two parts of this book contain very straight forward code examples demonstrating C#'s language syntax more than anything. Part II of the book goes into working with .NET framework's concepts like Collections, String Builders, Serialization and Reflection et al. There are some nice chapters that demonstrate the basics of using C# with .NET, allowing the programmer to gain a quick and easy overview.
The Nutshell series tend to be very good books and this book is a personal favourite of mine as the authors where not restricted to explaining the use of C# in a set environment or mixed up with other technologies. It's solid C# in it's most purest form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but newer version available., 28 July 2011
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This review is from: C# in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
C# in a Nutshell (second edition) is an excellent book. It is now dated however, as the C# language and the .Net Framework have both moved on since this book was published. If you are working with Visual Studio 2003 and .Net Framework 1.x then buy this book. However, if you are now working with Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4.x then it's probably best to go straight for the latest version of this book - C# 4.0 in a Nutshell.

If you go for this older book, then I would summarise it as follows. It contains four parts.

Part 1 covers the C# language, succinctly but in a useful amount of detail. It is not a tutorial suitable for beginners to programming, but is ideal for developers experienced in other languages who are migrating to C#.

Part 2 covers the .Net framework, providing an overview of commonly used parts of .Net. Like part 1, it is not suitable for complete beginners, but provides a great overview for existing developers.

Part 3 covers use of XML documentation tags in your code (the C# equivalent of JavaDoc), naming conventions, and most significantly an overview of various development tools that are used when working in C# environments.

Part 4 is an API quick reference, which I find useful, but which the C# 4.0 book no longer contains (it is one of those things that grows as .Net gets bigger, and most people seem to take the view that you can access that information online). Personally, I'll be keeping both this version and the C# 4.0 version of this book on my desk, the old version as I find that reference useful.

There are a number of useful appendixes too.

Basically, this is a great book for existing developers who are moving to, or who have recently moved to, working in C#. The authors managed to make it very readable too, which is very impressive given how much information is condensed into this book. Highly recommended if you are still using an early version of C# and .Net, but otherwise go for a more recent version (e.g. C# 4.0 in a Nutshell) even though that C# 4.0 version is not as readable.
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