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C# in Depth Paperback – 25 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 2 edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182474
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Skeet is a Google software engineer working in London. A Microsoft C# MVP since 2003 and prominent C# community personality, Jon has gained deep insight into how languages are misunderstood and abused-as well as seeing what developers really need to know.


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C# in Depth 2nd Edition is the most well written book on C# I've read. The author manages to explain some difficult concepts in clear, meaningful ways with useful examples. I could always understand where and why I'd utilise certain aspects of C#.

I don't think the book is targeted at beginners ('in depth' gives that away) but the friendly, sometimes humorous language is always engaging - it sometimes felt like I was reading a novel which is a real credit to the author.

The author's expertise in the language shines through and I found the book answering each and every question I had - usually in the next sentence. I found the section of generic and interface variance particularly useful as it's a topic I've tried to understand previously - but failed. I was slightly disappointed to find there was nothing on the Task Parallel Library but it's understandable given that it's part of the .Net library not the language itself.

I'd recommend this book for any C# developer wanting to up their game by appreciating a deeper understanding of the language features that are often underused or misunderstood.
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Jon Skeet is the Stephen Fry of C#. He's clearly a very clever chap indeed, but he shares his wisdom in such a charming and friendly way that, instead of feeling overawed and discouraged, you're left feeling inspired and confident.

I bought this book because I wanted to get to grips with LINQ, so I went straight to Part 3, but I soon realised there were plenty of things in the first two parts that I needed to know first. Reading the book from the beginning was a revelation. I converted from C++ to C# when it first appeared. Although I've tried to keep my knowledge up-to-date I was amazed how many newer features of the language had passed me by. Some sections are quite straight forward, but others need more attention. If you get stuck try compiling a few examples of your own then going back and re-reading the section. Even if you need to do this several times over it's time well spent.

I feel I've only scratched the surface of the material in this book so far. I bought the paper version of the book, and then downloaded the free PDF version which is sitting on my laptop at work. I'm sure I'll be going back to it over and over again for a long time to come.
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Jon Skeet has a lot more patience than I do. I look at the C# Spec, don't get it straight away, go off and do something else. Jon, however, seems to read it until he gets it, and then, on top of that, he manages to rewrite it in a way that makes sense.
Sure, there were a few places where I would have liked this book to go into even more detail, but that's more a praise of Jon Skeet's writing style than a criticism of the book; if only all the details of how .Net works were written like this.
I really liked the style of building up information, and showing how features have changed throughout the versions of C# is really useful.
Since I read this book (not entirely serially, I must admit), I referenced it many times. I have the physical copy at home and the e-book on my gmail so I can get it at work, or on the loose.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who's serious about .Net and C#.
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In terms of the content which is there, this is a great book, although it may have been better titled 'Aspects of C# in depth'. Don't get me wrong, this is a good read, and very few people will walk away without having gained something from it, however, it's far from being comprehensive.

You will walk away with an in-depth understanding of generics, delegates and LINQ, however, the ever-important topic of multi-threading is barely touched upon (and that's just one example). It's almost as if Jon has written a book on the areas of C# which interest him the most, and I'm very surprised that so few people have picked up on this.

If you're a software engineer, and you're looking at improving your understanding of C# then I truly believe this book to be a worthy addition to your library, however, it will never be the single point-of-call which the outstanding 'C# in a Nutshell' is.

Seriously consider if you're a confident coder who is looking for a good, solid read. Avoid if you're a beginner or somebody looking for a reference book for the desk.
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The book is well structured and covers a very broad spectrum of C# features in easy reading English. The author goes to great lengths to explain the workings of C#, not just in syntactical form, but often explaining what the compiler is doing for us to make the code so much easier or succinct. The casual way the prose is written makes reading this book a pleasure rather than a chore. Good structure and indexing makes it very easy and quick to find relevant content when it's needed. I would say this book is designed to be both read from cover to cover as well as a reference for specific feature details.

I have the paper book, the PDF, and the Kindle version on my Android phone. This book goes wherever I go so that even when I don't need it as a reference, I can refresh my knowledge by going back to a section that I'm thinking about.

I highly recommend this book to all C# developers who want to understand the language they use.
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