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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 10 edition (Aug. 20 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543821
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,359,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginning Visual C# is ideal for beginners with little background in programming, or relatively inexperienced programmers who want to move from a language that doesn't support object-oriented programming techniques. The book moves at a fast enough pace that if you have programmed in another language, then you will still find the book valuable.

You will need to have access to either Visual Studio .NET or Visual C# .NET Standard Edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

By using this book with Visual Studio® .NET you’ll come to understand the fundamentals of the C# language and learn to program the .NET Framework. We’ll help you succeed – from your first steps in the language up to the point where you are ready to write real world C# applications.

With Beginning Visual C#, you will learn how to use Visual C# from first principles. Visual C# is an object-oriented programming language, designed specifically for programming Microsoft’s new platform, the .NET Framework. You’ll quickly and easily learn how to write Visual C# code and create your own applications – for both Windows and the Web.

This book will be an indispensable guide as you learn to write C# programs, gradually explaining the key concepts of Visual C# and .NET as your skills develop, with exercises at the end of chapters to test yourself. Starting with a thorough tutorial of the Visual C# language and object-oriented programming, you will progress to learn how to apply your understanding to programming the .NET Framework.

What you need to know

Beginning Visual C# is ideal for beginners with little background in programming, or relatively inexperienced programmers who want to move from a language that doesn’t support object-oriented programming techniques. The book moves at a fast enough pace that if you have programmed in another language, then you will still find the book valuable.

You will need to have access to either Visual Studio .NET or Visual C# .NET Standard Edition.

What you will learn from this book

With clear explanations and hands-on examples, you will learn about the following:

  • The C# language from the ground up
  • Designing and writing object-oriented programs
  • .NET programming with Visual C#
  • Working with Windows forms and controls
  • Creating graphics, and printing
  • Accessing databases and files
  • Writing web applications and web services in Visual C#

Wrox Beginning books are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Whether you’re taking your first steps in programming, or broadening your skills and knowledge, Wrox Beginning books provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved. Each concept is first explained, giving you a solid understanding of the material. Your new understanding is then applied to practical project examples – taking you to the point where you can develop professional applications that you can be proud of.


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I'm not from a publishing company or anybody affiliated with other books, thus right of the bat I am not going to recommend any other C# book, since I ordered one, but am waiting to review it.
First of all my background is COBOL for 15 years and have dabbled with VB 6.0, so I wanted to dive into the world of OO programming and threw my hat into C# instead of JAVA and was looking for a TRUE Beginning book that wasn't too trivial but wasn't an intermediate book as well.
As far as this book, there are some people who know the language, but cannot teach others the basics and that is where this author falls into.
It goes all over the place instead of starting with the very basics and building an application where at the end of the book you can actually use the application and learn from it.
I picked up this book off a suggestion that Wrox books are very good, well this one is a dud.
The author doesn't even get into Windows Programming until half way through the book, which I had thought C# was primarly used for (albeit ASP.NET as well).
This book was written for somebody oriented with other OO languages (JAVA, C++) and was switching over.
I wanted a book written for a technical person who has some programming background, but not so easy and basic as the "For Dummies" or "Teach Yourself in 21 days".
The title fools you into believing it is for a Beginner, but buyer beware !!..The best way to really pick a book is to go to a Borders or Barnes and Noble and sit down for an hour or so and read it to see the authors writing style to see if it fits your learning style.
I am getting Murachs C# book, just because I had their Mainframe books which were good, so once I read the Murach book, I'll also write an honest review for those interested or you can go to your local bookstore and review it to form your own opinion.
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This book is excellent for anyone with little programming expericence. If you have ZERO experience, then I recommend starting with on of the "...for Dummies" books first, as the terminology in this book may be hard to grasp at first. But if you're moving over from C++, Java, or VB, this is a great place to start. In fact, this book contains much more needed for just beginning, and by the end of the read you should be able to write a full-fledged Windows app with little problems.
The downsides of the book are few, but important to note. First off, the author doesn't spend enough time visually describing how OOP (object oriented programming) works. Before you know it, you'll be diving into classes, methods, delegates, and events before fully understanding basic concepts. Chapters 9-12 are by far the most difficult in the book to follow. Most everything else is cake. Also, because the book is just loaded with information, it may be hard for a beginner to differentiate from a beginners topic and a more advanced topic that you may never use.
Overall the book is a great read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to jump into C#. I easily finished it within less than a month with a pretty sound basic knowledge of what C# is about. After reading this, I recommend buying Professional C# (Second Edition) from WROX along with The C# Reference book they also put out. With those three books, you have a foundation to do just about anything you can think of.
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... I must say I read and checked the book from cover to cover - it is very well written and extremely accurate. The book is mainly aimed at programmers who use Visual C# to develop Windows Applications so it covers in detail the techniques of programming with Windows Forms, user controls, common dialogs and so on.
Being a beginning book, it spends a lot of time coverig the basic concepts about C# and .NET programming (in fact, it starts with them). However, unlike with the other beginners books (I've seen most of them at the work place), it goes well beyond the basics and presents most features you'll likely need when developing Windows applications: deploying your application, accessing databases using ADO.NET, working with files, playing with GDI+ and much more. At the end it even has two chapters on ASP.NET and Web Services which are good to be read just to make an idea what are these all about, even if you're not currently doing any web programming.
I highly recommend this book to programmers willing to read the chapters in sequential order, because most of them build upon the theory taught in the preceding ones. If you have time to do that, this book should be your primary choice. If you already have experience with C# and you need a reference book (or an advanced book), Professional C# is a better choice.
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Is this really the best way to learn C#? Chapter after bloody chapter about the nuts & bolts of every variable type, class contruct and OOP concept. The reader tests their new-found knowledge building console apps until Forms are mercifully introduced on page 340.
I think a much better way to learn is to start with a simple form app (like "Hello, World") and introduce new material step-by-step.
Not that this is a bad book. Hustler magazine doesn't show this level of detail. The authors explore every nook & crevice of a subject and there are plenty of code snippets to illustrate each new concept.
This could be a good companion book. But not a first book. If you want to get off the ground quickly, start with "Windows Forms Programming in C#" by Chris Sells. Otherwise, this book will keep you on the launch pad for months.
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