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CLR via C# (Developer Reference (Paperback)) Paperback – 7 Dec 2012
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About the Author
Jeffrey Richter is a cofounder of Wintellect (www.wintellect.com), a training, consulting, and debugging firm dedicated to helping companies build better software faster. In addition to this book’s previous editions, he’s written several other popular programming titles. He has been a consultant to the Microsoft .NET Framework Team since 1999.
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First things first. This is not a book for the novice. While some of the initial chapters explain basic details of .NET and the CLR (being experienced, you can safely peruse past them quickly), most of the chapters explore the different topics in a clear, concise and, at the same time, deep enough way. The chapter on CLR Hosting is a good example of this. This chapter, as a representative sample of the rest of the book, delivers some deep geek CLR knowledge that most average developers are not aware of at all, with a highly praisable clearness and quality.
Mr. Ritcher manages to make you understand the topics, provides useful examples and, to sum it up, thus makes of his book a very good guideline repository to be kept at hand when developing. Keep in mind, though, this is not a reference book that explains all .net namespaces or anything like that. It is, however, a reference book on some topics, a few of them quite advanced, that any serious developer should review from time to time.
Richter and Petzold are the best!!! ;-)
So, this is really a book I love and fortunately for us developers, Jeffrey has been doing an excellent job of maintaining and updating it during these last years. In my opinion, this is still the .NET reference book every developer should buy and read. My score: 10/10.
This is a great thing for more experienced developers. Highlights include the (outstanding) chapter on exceptions, explict interface method implementations and threading.
Best of all, despite this being a Microsoft Press book, he's not afraid to say that Microsoft was wrong. EIMIs, for instance, have several issues which he discusses in depth. Likewise the approach to exception handling preferred by FxCop isn't quite the same as the one he prefers.
Now that .NET 3.5 / Visual Studio 2008 is on the horizon, I'd like to see edition 3: I'd be willing to bet that there's subtleties in LINQ and some of the other new C# syntaxes that need his clarity. A supplement might be best, though, as I'd not want to see any material removed from this outstanding book.
Sometimes you feel that he is picking on things that are trivial in terms of performance, but hey, that is what we developers are for, picking on things that make a difference even if they are small.
One word for junior developers: you might find it too detailed and certainly it is not a reference of the language, though it is the most commonly referred to book I have ever read.
In one word, he is the master of the game and I thoroughly recommend it to you!!
Look forward to the one on .NET 3.0 and 3.5!
Everything from the content to the writing style makes this book almost impossible to put down! The chapters on Garbage Collection, Generics and Asynchronous Programming are superbly written meaning that the reader is not clouded with random fragments of information. The rest of the book is just as good.
After reading you will find yourself saying 'so thats how it works' which for a reference book is excellent.
Order a copy now, you will not be dissapointed!
As always with software development, the devil is in the details and this ones hotter than Lucifers trident. But then again, with Mr R at the helm, were you expecting anything less?? (Any developer worth his salt will know that's a rhetorical question.) It's ALL exceptional stuff!
In my opinion, reading this book with .NET Fundamentals (Sells/Box) will put you on the path to software utopia - if there is such a thing. And even if you stray from the path your definitely heading in the right direction and will get there eventually.
Simply a must purchase.
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