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on 29 October 2013
I was really looking forward to this new book and the new microsoft exams but be warned. This book is terrible.
I have been a professional software developer for over 10 years and have been using C# for the past 5 or so. I was really looking forward to formalizing my knowledge by taking the exam. It's as if this book was written in some non English language and ran through a translator.
The examples provided are often confusing, misleading and not complete. For some reason also the book goes straight into Async and multi-threading with tasks and factories before it talks about types and classes in the most basic sense. I seriously cannot believe this went through any sort of quality assurance before it was released
Reading this book often confused me more than it actually gave me reference for the actual exam. The abstract metaphors de Kort uses are complete nonsense and will leave you wondering how to interpret the metaphor never mind the topic he is trying to explain.
Do yourself a favor and buy "Pro C#5 and .NET 4.5" by Andrew Troelsen instead. Sure it's very meaty at 1400+ pages but it will give you total confidence and understanding when it comes to the exam.
I appreciate this is an exam reference and not designed to actually teach you about the inner workings like the book I have mentioned but still, you'll fully understand the topic and ace the exam!