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The C# Programming Language (Covering C# 4.0) (Microsoft .Net Development) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2010
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From the Back Cover
“Based on my own experience, I can safely say that every .NET developer who reads this will have at least one ‘aha’ moment and will be a better developer for it.”
―From the Foreword by Don Box
Written by Anders Hejlsberg, the language’s architect, and his colleagues, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde, this volume has been completely updated and reorganized for C# 4.0. The book provides the complete specification of the language, along with descriptions, reference materials, code samples, and annotations from nine prominent C# gurus.
The many annotations bring a depth and breadth of understanding rarely found in any programming book. As the main text of the book introduces the concepts of the C# language, cogent annotations explain why they are important, how they are used, how they relate to other languages, and even how they evolved.
This book is the definitive, must-have reference for any developer who wants to understand C#.
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About the Author
Anders Hejlsberg is a programming legend. He is the architect of the C# language and a Microsoft Technical Fellow. He joined Microsoft Corporation in 1996, following a thirteen-year career at Borland, where he was the chief architect of Delphi and Turbo Pascal.
Mads Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# language at Microsoft, where he runs the day-to-day language design process and maintains the language specification.
Scott Wiltamuth is Director of Program Management for the Visual Studio Professional team at Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, he has worked on a wide range of development tools, including OLE Automation, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript, JScript, Visual J++, and Visual C#.
Peter Golde was the lead developer of the original Microsoft C# compiler. As the primary Microsoft representative on the ECMA committee that standardized C#, he led the implementation of the compiler and worked on the language design. He is currently an architect at Microsoft working on compilers.
Top customer reviews
After buying the LINQ book (which is excellent) in the same series I had high hopes for this book.
Unfortunately, this book is written for people who want to know the underlying structure of C#, rather than how to code in C#.
The written style is very terse and on occasions I had to re-read paragraphs over and over and still didn't have a clue what they meant - it feels like it is written in machine code!
The examples are sparse and not very informative.
This book is not for the faint hearted and if you want a book that teaches you the C# language that's easy to read and with good examples I urge you to look elsewhere.
For me, this book is more confusing than helpful.
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This is not a good book for beginners - you wont understand anything if you have no programming knowledge. It will take a lot of research.
Even so I like to get a book that isn't dumbed down. Seems to be the go to book for C# knowledge; it is written in part by the creator after all.
I thought about how vast the topic of collections and arrays is. Hejlsberg et. al. provide only an 8 page chapter on "Arrays" which hits some of the high points but to me was mostly fluff. Nothing on collections, nothing on what types and categories of collections exist by function, or even by name. There is a similar chapter on Delegates.