10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great companion book,
This review is from: Microsoft® Visual C#® 2008 Step by Step (PRO- Step by Step Developer) (Paperback)
Firstly, ignore the above review of this book! Whoever wrote it posted it under the wrong book!
I'm a VB programmer who had to convert to either C# or Vb.net, and decided on C# as I liked the idea of everything being 'out in the open' as opposed to VB hiding some of the code. Because of the .net framework you can do exactly the same with both languages... but anyway thats another story! The main thing is I was a VB6 programmer moving to C#!
This book helped make that change fairly painless, with clear exercises and jargon-free explanations. That said, I wouldn't recomend this book for an absolute beginner to programming, as the pace picks up relatively speedily.
Also I sometimes found that I'd do the excercises, read the summary, finish the chapter and then be a bit confused as to what I had just done. Maybe this is because I have a rubbish attention span, but I found that to get a crystal clear idea of what the book was getting at I had to back it up with some internet research (there are some great tutorials out there that are much easier to understand than this book if you search the web a bit), but this book provided the foundations that, once put another way, made everything click into place.
As for the size of the thing... it's certainly hefty and well worth the money - less than £20 (at 666 pages thats 3p a page!) you could do much, much worse than buy this.
Overall - highly recomended.