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on 20 July 2011
I have to say that I went around my mates borrowing there C# books but didn't find any of them felt like they explained everything without 1000's of assumptions about your past programming experience until I took a leap of faith and purchased this book and was VERY pleased it really is well written with a gradual building on the previous pages and everything you need to know to get to the end of the book IN the book (or the site). Also having a bit of humor really helps... especially at the start when everything is so different from what you may have done before! ;)

I would HIGHLY recommend this book and I believe it has enough to be a good reference later once you get you head around C#.

Since reading this I have also purchased Apress' "Pro ASP.NET MVC 3" but in comparison it was rushed and inaccurate. Considering this one is a "for dummies" and the other is a "Pro" book I would get this any day! It's just a pity the same Authors haven't made a MVC 3 book!

Finally I would like to say that I have had several email conversations with one of the authors (Bill Sempf) of this book with one or two typo's or questions and he replied within a day (sometimes in real time) and was VERY friendly and helpful which is another reason to buy this book... If you get stuck your not on your own! ;)
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on 3 August 2012
OK.. Right, So i know most people here are blowing this books trumpet - and it really is an OK book and it is explained in depth.. HOWEVER, I found it to be more of a reference manual.

As someone who was completely new to C# and programming it was OK.. and even in the beginning it makes you believe that you are going to be playing along as you go.. WRONG. I also found it quite irritating how the author went off on little talks about something kind of irrelevant instead of keeping it straight to the point and simple.. "THIS BOOK IF FOR BEGINNERS STOP CONFUSING ME! AHHHHH".

Me and most people in my C# course put the book down at around page 70 as it was just too stale and made a lot of assumptions from then on-wards.

If you are a beginner or completely new to C# and programming i would recommend 'HEADFIRST C#' This book is absolutely brilliant and gives you lots of activities to do which will help you learn and remember it! and unlike c# for dummies it will have you writing code and making things from the very first chapter!

So yeah,

- Lots of information
- makes a good reference manual
- a little bit of humor

- Too Pricey
- Not ideal for absolute beginners
- No exercises! (apart from one or two very trivial boring ones at the beginning)..
- HeadFirst C# out-classes it.

HeadFirst C# - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Head-First-Guides/dp/1449380344/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344007291&sr=8-1
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on 29 August 2010
The "8 books in 1" may be a bit exaggerated, as the last few minibook-chapters are not so substantial. The fact that the material has been assembled from other books also makes that the code on the website doesn't follow the same numbering. But the book does give you all the aspects to start programming in C#. It starts from the basics, so it is very good for a beginner. It may be too elaborate for a programmer wanting to move to C# 2010. Also positive is the humoristic style, which makes the book very fun to read.
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on 2 January 2013
The reviewer is a 60 year old Electronics Engineer experienced in programming embedded PIC devices in ASSEMBLER using MPLAB all the way back to the 6502 and even hand assembling code in the days of the OHIO Superboard II.
I design PCB's with PROTEL99SE and write embedded PIC systems using MPLAB.

Sadly, as with most authors, the temptation is to demonstrate your skills in juggling by throwing in the odd chainsaw.

This book is certainly not for Dummies or for C# virgins.

Being far from a Dummy in the field, I find C# from a standing start extremely hard going, in the MOST part due to the lack of an explanation of the core basics in English (not American who speak a different version.

The code examples certainly work and, if ALL you want to do is type these in and run them, that's fine BUT where this and in fairness, many programming publications lets themselves AND the readers down is that there is no guidance on how or why code is structured the way it is OTHER than the typical rattling out of some analogy about Namespaces and Classes leaving the actual Dummy or even an intellectual one asking "What does that mean "?

The space between the curly brackets after NameSpace and before the first class (containing the MAIN() function) is actually rather important and nowhere does this book explain why.
THIS is where you put your definitions IF you want them to be visible anywhere in your code. Though I would call these "Global variables", the C# die-hards insist there is no such concept in C#; nor is there a "GOTO" in C or C# (actually, there is)

IF you like the concept that a newly baked cake from the kitchen can revert back to a pile of uncooked ingredients once you move the cake to the dining room, then you will love C#. A NEW instance of the cake being the basic ingredients NOT the cake you have baked.

Your cake must be defined as a STATIC cake so you CAN move it from room to room without it reverting back to the packets of ingredients and defined in the right place (see above) because your Static cake may not exist in the upstairs bedroom if you 'create the instance' in the wrong place.

It's all in the Syntax which can be unhelpful in this instance (A joke.. get it ?).

Sadly fellow readers, when you try to get into C# you must accept the cliquishness that suffuse most high level programmers and their publications.
It is as if the authors have forgotten that they themselves had to learn from scratch which is why you don't see books called "How to ride a bike". Where do you start ?

BUY this book by all means.
You will learn a lot BUT for each new fact you learn there will be 2 or more questions unanswered. Trust me on this one.

What finally did it for me in this book was the index entry for the "ref" keyword as in...

ftdiStatus = myFTDi.PinStatus(ref pinValue);

... when you turn to the relevant page you read ...
"You don't use the REF keyword when passing a reference-type object".
... And that's your lot on that subject.

You will need more than one book on C# to fill in the gaps as you need simple code examples and more than one to explain some concepts.

The book does, annoyingly, TRY to set you up for a learning pulse by saying, say,

DateTime dateTime = new DateTime;
Which is unhelpful because, you need to KNOW that the line reads as...
The TYPE "DateTime" is to be assigned to OUR name which we are UNHELPFULLY calling 'dateTime' using the existing CLASS of DateTime which we are using to create the NEW instance of our dateTime with all the characteristics of the class 'DateTime"... which of course,is grammatically correct in C# but reads like rubbish in English words IF you don't get the syntax and context.

Confused ?... well, you should be. The author INSISTS on doing this throughout the book and DateTime is the WORST example to use because DateTime is a CLASS and a TYPE, yes, it's a desert topping and a floor wax at the same time.

Also, note the much misused reliance on the reader(YOU) spotting that DateTime and dateTime are DIFFERENT entities. (note D and d)
DateTime fred = new DateTime; tells you something the earlier example doesn't; the bit which is MINE to define and play with.

A DUMMY needs to learn the core syntax of C# and this book lacks the language to express these concepts to people who may very well be experienced programmers from another field... or dummies in fact.

When you read a review that says... "I was an illiterate drunk with no education and a low IQ until I bought this book, Now I work for NASA and write code to detect and destroy Near Earth Objects all thanks to this book" ... you can pretty much ignore it.

I have C# for Dummies 2012 on order from Amazon as well as "Beginning Microsoft Visual C# 2008 (Wrox Beginning Guides)".

It does get easier and you need to put in more effort than turning the pages.

best wishes
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on 7 July 2012
I've always had a liking for the "dummies" books on programming and this is no exception.
Clear, concise, easy to read and even easier to understand, it takes the mystery away from concepts that would otherwise be impenetrable to a newbie.
If you want to learn what real programming is about, and whether you could succeed at it, this is a bloody good starting point.
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on 18 December 2012
The book was Ok, no where near as good as the VB.Net for dummies. This book is really for beginners but they will out grow it quickly. Print was a disapointment. A lot of the book is done in a lighter font to show coding. Needs to be darker hard to read - an I have good eyesight.
Had I have found the book in a shop I probably would not have bought it.
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on 29 December 2011
Really great book, exactly what I was looking for. Worth having a look. Quick delivery, very good seller. I would recommend this book for anyone that wants to start learning C#, either a beginner or an intermediate.
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on 13 February 2012
This is another easy to follow book for beginners to intermediate programmers it starts off with the basics of c# programming and helps you build a solid structure for your own software needs!
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on 6 February 2013
The book is ok but somehow I got really bored that I gave up reading it and preferred to go online and watch some tutorials although I love learning from books!
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on 18 November 2010
As good as all "For dummies" books...

Almost perfect, fun to read and easy to understand..

what else do you need?
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