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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general reference
As a reference book, I don't expect this to be for beginners. Even so, you still have to flip a hundred or so pages to get past the basics which is there for review. One comment stated it was a bit uneven in coverage and had too much information on threads but not enough in other areas. The reason I purchased this book was for the threading chapter which I frequently...
Published on 2 Mar 2009 by C. Green

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mess
This book is neither a good reference nor a learning tool.
It seems the writer is writing for themselves, deciding to concentrate too much on some items (such as threads) and ignore other items.
Be very careful when purchasing this book. It is an advanced book but is it actually useful? I don't think so.
Published on 18 Sep 2008 by W. Shareef


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general reference, 2 Mar 2009
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C. Green (Galway, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: C# 3.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
As a reference book, I don't expect this to be for beginners. Even so, you still have to flip a hundred or so pages to get past the basics which is there for review. One comment stated it was a bit uneven in coverage and had too much information on threads but not enough in other areas. The reason I purchased this book was for the threading chapter which I frequently accessed online for free on the author's website. It doesn't necessarily dig super-deep in to every area (such as LINQ) but it certainly covers enough to review the core concepts. This is typically the first book I pull for general C# language reference.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book but not for the beginner, 23 July 2008
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Paul (Highlands, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: C# 3.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
If you're looking for a book to learn C# then this is NOT the book for you. The books assumes you are at the very least familiar with an OO language such as C++ or Java. If you're coming from another background or from a background where there is no programming experience then try another book and then come back to this book later.

What this book is is an excellent desktop reference (just as the title suggests) for the language. I keep it on my desk and use it frequently to find out about overloading members, how you work with dictionary arrays etc. etc. Pick the book up, find the relevant chapter. Read the section on what you're looking for. Put it down.

It's a very technical book. There are no funnies in here. No commentary and no witty authors (thank goodness).

Excellent book. Well worth the money. Once you have it you'll find it invaluable as a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars C sharp in a nutshell, 10 Oct 2009
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Mr. D. M. Stead (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: C# 3.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
Since I already have the "in a nutshell" books for other languages and systems, I had a good idea what to expect from this book.
It's not for beginners but it does have some information for peple new to the subject.
More importantly, it makes a great reference book covering all the important aspects of the subject.
I was a little surprised at the cost, but when it arrived I saw it was about twice the size of any of my other refererence books.
I use this book daily at work and consider it a worthwhile purchase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: C# 3.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
I consider this book both an excellent reference and an excellent learning tool. It covers just about everything one would want to know about C#, and it does it to the same depth as the famous CLR via C#. I loved the chapter on threading (which the authors have also published for free on their website) - it's clear, concise, and right to the point. I also like the format of the book - it's small and compact, very good for taking to work and reading on the train. The typesetting is also great, and the diagrams are top notch - a staplemark of the Nutshell series.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mess, 18 Sep 2008
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W. Shareef (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: C# 3.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
This book is neither a good reference nor a learning tool.
It seems the writer is writing for themselves, deciding to concentrate too much on some items (such as threads) and ignore other items.
Be very careful when purchasing this book. It is an advanced book but is it actually useful? I don't think so.
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