Mastering Visual C# .NET

  • ISBN13: 9780782129113
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C# is Microsoft’s brand-new object-oriented language for the .NET platform, designed to make it easy for developers to create Web applications. Mastering Visual C# .NET is aimed at experienced C++, Visual Basic, and Java programmers who want a comprehensive resource to Visual C#. It delivers complete coverage of the essentials of the C# language, plus writing Windows and web applications. Topics include using the .NET base class library for basic programming operati… More >>

Mastering Visual C# .NET

5 thoughts on “Mastering Visual C# .NET”

  1. I read through this book at the local bookstore and then bought it online. I agree with the other reviewers: this book is simply the best one around.

    There are so many books on C# now, but a few really shine as being great. This book is one of them.

    I liked this book because it can be used as both a user guide to learn C# _and_ as a reference book to C# and .NET. No other book even comes close to that goal, and the authors have done a really great job.

    Another great thing about this book is that it can be used by beginners and advanced users, so if you don’t know C# you can learn everything you need from this book. Even if you don’t know programming, this book is written in a style that you can understand – all without talking down to the reader.

    There are also topics covered in this book not covered in any other book – such as security and other advanced topics.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This is by far the best book on C# I’ve seen. I’m an intermediate programmer experienced with C++ and Java. I found the style of the book easy to follow. One of the things I really liked was that the book acts as both a guide and a reference to supplement the Microsoft Online reference material.

    Part 1 of the book covers the details of the C# language, such as using variables and objects, baic C# programs, and compiling and running programs.

    Part 2 goes into the advanced aspects of C# and .NET, like thread programming, assemblies, security, remoting, and so on.

    Part 3 dives into .NET programming, such as ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Windows application programming, and building web services.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. If you are familiar with OOP/C++/Java and want to pick up main C# concepts in a hurry, get this book. Although I did read Tom Archer’s “Inside C#” before this one, and some tutorials on the net, I think this book deserves to be the first C# book for a beginner or an intermediate programmer. It has a decent aggregation & coherent explanantions of all the major C# topics and uses Visual Studio.NET IDE in its examples (which I think is really important for a C# book). One minor drawback is that some important topics(like Web Services and .NET Remoting) are given just a cursory treatment. But I guess, such vast topics merit devoted books just for those. Beware however, I came across 2 critical bugs – Ch 12, first page it says method signature is composed of method name,return type and parameter list (actually its just the parameter list and method name) and on page 794, chapter on ADO.NET it says to use Fill method on DataSet object to synchronize changes made to the DataSet with Database(in reality you should use Update method). It even gives an introduction to ASP.NET and ADO.NET but you have to look for other sources to learn those technologies well.

    Overall, its a good book to invest your money and time in.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Update (4/6/2003): I feel it’s important to modify my rating and approval of the book relative to some of the additional texts I’ve since read. I also applied an edit to correct a misunderstanding on my part and added some additional material. I still agree with most of my original thoughts on the book, but feel the book isn’t thorough enough to be called “Mastering.” I’ve since discovered the Applications Development in .Net books by Robert Oberg and crew (they have a very nice line of introductory and intermediate/advanced texts for both C# and VB.Net from Prentice Hall), and feel these books are superior in explaining the languages and their overall context in the .Net world. They also have somewhat more useful examples. The Price and Gunderloy book is still decent, and I still hold by my audience recommendations, but I feel an overall score of 2.5 to 3 stars is more appropriate.
    This book is reasonably well written and easy to read. It’s a decent overview of both the C# language and .Net, so it’s a good first book for programmers trying to understand these new technologies, but I’m not so sure I would recommend it to pure programming beginners.

    As one review stated there are cases where some important concepts are not as thoroughly covered as they could be. There are also some inconsistencies and small lapses that shouldn’t hurt experienced programmers, but may confuse novices. An example is the case where they discuss the difference between using the ‘override’ and ‘new’ keywords with methods; they give a good general explanation, but mention that there are exceptions. They do not, however, identify the exceptions, and this may leave more curious and experienced developers hanging. The code examples in the book are useful, but as another reviewer stated, they are often reprinted at the end of the section which results in a lot of redundant pages where additional examples would have been more welcome.

    The tradeoff for the surface skimming approach is that the book’s pace, for the right audience, is swift. Experienced developers, and especially JAVA or C coders, will rip through the first third of the book and get a good basic understanding of the C# syntax. The authors don’t compare JAVA and C# in the way Bruce Eckels does with C++ and JAVA in his Thinking in JAVA text, which would have been a useful approach for JAVA developers, but their approach leaves the book a bit more accessible.

    I was also pleased that with few exceptions the examples all compiled and ran. I’ve worked with some books where there were errors in the examples and this made active learning more troublesome. The exception is that in defining database access in some of the last chapters, I had to do a little more tinkering to get access rights to the SQL Server database working. I think the book would be better if it skipped the chapter on SQL and expanded the ADO.NET chapter to include security/signon and setup issues with databases with .Net objects.

    It is true that the chapters in the middle and last thirds of the book probably don’t also contain as much detail as those experienced in .Net and ASP might prefer, but again, the collective approach of the book gives the experienced developer new to .Net and C# a quick trip through the languange and how it integrates with .Net. One problem it has in common with a lot of programming books is that the examples are a little too simple. You will know how to build a Web service in C# with VS.Net when you are done with this book, but it won’t do much and the intricacies of distributed computing aren’t really deeply discussed.

    New to programming: not recommended
    Experienced programmer, but new to .Net or C#: recommended

    Experienced programmer, experienced with .Net and C#: consider a reference text or advanced programming book instead
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I read these reviews to decide on my books, but I also spend time reading each book a bit in the book store before my purchases. As a manager of c# programmers that had little OO exprience I thought this book was excellent. The OO chapter did an excellent job explaining the concepts. The Interface chapter made this topic simple while my other books just confused me. The examples are a bit simple but they teach the concepts very well and there are more complex topics as you progress. I thought this was an excellent beginner and intermediate book, and believe me I am very particular, I spend a lot of time selecting books.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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