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Effective C# (covers C# 4.0): 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C# (Effective Software Development) Paperback – 5 Mar 2010
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“Being an effective .NET developer requires one to have a deep understanding of the language of their choice. Wagner’s book provides the reader with that knowledge via well-reasoned arguments and insight. Whether you’re new to C# or you’ve been using it for years, you’ll learn something new when you read this book.”
–Jason Bock, Principal Consultant, Magenic
“If you’re at all like me, you have collected a handful of C# language pearls that have immediately transformed your abilities as a professional developer. What you hold in your hands is quite possibly the best collection of these tips that have ever been assembled. Bill has managed to exceed my wildest expectations with the latest edition in his eponymous Effective C#.”
–Bill Craun, Principal Consultant, Ambassador Solutions
“Effective C#, Second Edition, is a must-read for anyone building high performance and/or highly scalable applications. Bill has that rare and awesome ability to take an amazingly complex problem and break it down into human, digestible, and understandable chunks.”
–Josh Holmes, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
“Bill has done it again. This book is a concise collection of invaluable tips for any C# developer. Learn one tip every day, and you’ll become a much better C# developer after fifty days!”
–Claudio Lassala, Lead Developer, EPS Software/CODE Magazine
“A fountain of knowledge and understanding of the C# language. Bill gives insight to what happens under the covers of the .NET runtime based on what you write in your code and teaches pragmatic practices that lead to cleaner, easier to write, and more understandable code. A great mix of tips, tricks, and deep understanding–including things true since C# 1.0 up through new capabilities in C# 4.0–that every C# developer should read.”
–Brian Noyes, Chief Architect, IDesign Inc. (www.idesign.net)
“Effective C# is a must-have for every C# developer. Period. Its pragmatic advice on code design is invaluable.”
–Shawn Wildermuth, Microsoft MVP (C#), Author, Trainer, and Speaker
“In this book Bill Wagner provides practical explanations of how to use the most important features in the C# language. His deep knowledge and sophisticated communication skills illuminate the new features in C# so that you can use them to write programs that are more concise and easier to maintain.”
–Charlie Calvert, Microsoft C# Community Program Manager
From the Back Cover
C# has matured over the past decade: It’s now a rich language with generics, functional programming concepts, and support for both static and dynamic typing. This palette of techniques provides great tools for many different idioms, but there are also many ways to make mistakes. In Effective C#, Second Edition, respected .NET expert Bill Wagner identifies fifty ways you can leverage the full power of the C# 4.0 language to express your designs concisely and clearly.
Effective C#, Second Edition, follows a clear format that makes it indispensable to hundreds of thousands of developers: clear, practical explanations, expert tips, and plenty of realistic code examples. Drawing on his unsurpassed C# experience, Wagner addresses everything from types to resource management to dynamic typing to multicore support in the C# language and the .NET framework. Along the way, he shows how to avoid common pitfalls in the C# language and the .NET environment. You’ll learn how to
- Use both types of C# constants for efficiency and maintainability (see Item 2)
- Employ immutable data types to promote multicore processing (see Item 20)
- Minimize garbage collection, boxing, and unboxing (see Items 16 and 45)
- Take full advantage of interfaces and delegates (see Items 22 though 25)
- Make the most of the parallel framework (see Items 35 through 37)
- Use duck typing in C# (see Item 38)
- Spot the advantages of the dynamic and Expression types over reflection (see Items 42 and 43)
- Assess why query expressions are better than loops (see Item 8)
- Understand how generic covariance and contravariance affect your designs (see Item 29)
- See how optional parameters can minimize the number of method overloads (see Item 10)
You’re already a successful C# programmer–this book will help you become an outstanding one.See all Product description
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This book isn't really either of these. It's not the first C# book you should read and it assumes a degree of experience with the language. What this book does though is guide you through the best practice approaches to many common coding problems and idioms. C# and indeed the .Net platform offer many options for just about every coding task and it can often be difficult to discern the optimal approach in any given situation. Particularly if the way you've always done it 'works' (at least on the face of it). Many people simply follow the way they were taught without ever having much need to question it, unless an obscure bug or performance problem happens to become visible.
This book discusses each of the 50 items, being careful to highlight the 'whys' and put forward a well-reasoned solution/approach in each case. Consistently providing code examples illustrating each clearly. To me the content and style of this book was more like receiving wisdom from a mentor that simply reading another book and being left to work out the why's and where's yourself. Depending on your experience and situation, some of the advice may be well known to you already and not all it may be applicable to you (read the index). But I suspect few potential readers will already have the full breadth of the knowledge presented here. For those looking to get a little bit deeper into the language, simply looking to improve their skills or draw from the authors experience this book should be a useful guide. It also discusses many of the new features introduced in .net 4.0 including PLINQ, Dynamic types, etc.
Bill Wagner goes into detail explaining a lot of corners in the C# language. Each item has examples showing the pros and cons of each solution along with the explanation.
I highly recommend this book to anyone developing C# code, as a reference or knowledge source.
This book gives a comprehensive series of practical recommendations, on a broad range of topics in C# 4.0.
It's packed with tips which make you go "aaaah I understand it now". It does have a lot of tips for best practises widely used in the industry.
Highly recommended for anyone who's been using C# for more than 1-2 years, and wants to write a better and more readable and efficient code.
The code samples are pictures and badly re-sized by the kindle.
The result being that they are either blurry or too small to read and even when displayed with a size similar to pure text their low contrast (They appear mostly gray compared to normal text) make them really painful to read.
1. Too many errors and Errata not available:
This book has far too many errors, most of which are in sample code. I have just read 2 items: Item 3 and Item 5. There are 7 errors in less than 20 pages! Some of these are obvious, some are hidden. I guess most of these error are from editing and publishing rather than the author. However, no matter where the errors are from, they do make huge impact on trustbility of the booking. In addition, the errata site refered by the author does not have any information about it! Shocking!
2. Interesting topics:
The topics in the booking are interesting. You will learn a lot of best practices and patterns in using C# effectively.
I have to say some of the expressions are not clearly enough and not in logical way. You sometimes have to make your mind jump because the points with an item may not be related in a logical way.
Overall, the information in the book as a whole is quite practical and helpful for your professional C#. However, you do have to stand the errors and not fully trust the samples and statements in the booking. C# in Depth by Jon Skeet is a much much better alt..