C# in a Nutshell was inevitable, much like the dawn or your liability for income tax. As the C# language has gathered speed--it's one of the languages that Microsoft encourages you to use for .NET development--its users have anticipated the release of an authoritative reference to the language and its key APIs. That's what this book is: a reference, meant to give you a few chapters on basic structure and syntax before launching into categorised and alphabetised listings of classes and their members. It's sufficiently well written and organised that, given experience with other distributed application environments and some knowledge of .NET, you could learn the language from this book alone. However, this is not a tutorial for people new to Microsoft programming, or new to network computing.
The syntax guide is clear and concise, with brief statements of what operators, data structures and syntax elements are for. There also are examples (both generic and with illustrative data) in that section. The API reference is organised by namespace (System, System.Collections, System.Reflection, System.XML, and so on), with each section containing an alphabetical list of members. Each listing includes syntax guides to the element's constructors, methods and properties, as well as a hierarchy statement and lists of other classes from which instances of the current member is returned and to which it is passed. Don't look for examples in the API reference, but the author's prose statements about the purpose of classes should help you along the way to a working application. --David Wall
Topics covered: the key System namespaces of the C# programming language and their most important members, covered in API reference format. Sections deal with (among others) System, System.Collections, System.NET, System.NET.Sockets, System.Runtime.Interopservices and System.XML. There's also a syntax guide and references to regular expressions and data marshalling in the C# language.
"Neither a "how-to" book nor a rehash of Microsoft's documentation, this latest addition to O'Reilly's Nutshell series goes to the source of the language and APIs to present content in a way that professional programmers will value above all other books. ... [This book] was written for the working C SHARP programmer who will be able to find answers to most questions of syntax and functionality that he or she encounters on the job. Experienced Java and C++ programmers encountering the C SHARP language and the CLR for the first time will be able to put this book to good use." Linux Magazine, July/August 2002 "...a 'fast-packed, no-fluff' introduction to both elementary and arcane features of C SHARP and .NET...Serious C SHARP programmers will find this to be an invaluable handy reference." PC Plus, November 2002See all Product Description
When I need to learn a language, the last thing I want is a book that tries to teach it to me. Their teaching jut gets in the way of my learning. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by wiredweird
This newly introduced "C# in a Nutshell" provides all the basic information most programmers would need on both C# and general .NET programming. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by reviewer
I have other nutshell books and find them to be the most used books on my bookshelf. This book is no exception. You should get this one even if you have other C# books.Published on Dec 5 2002 by Delphi Guru
As usual, O'Reilly delivered an excellent "in a nutshell" book for a C# programmer. Many complain that some of the namespace were left out, like ADO.NET ones. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002
Of course it omits a few major namespaces (i.e., System.Web for ASP.NET Web Services) however this book is an *excellent* C# language reference and tons of details on the major... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Kenneth Papai
I'm the publisher of "C# in a Nutshell" and given my admitted interest in the success of this book I would not ordinarily post a comment in this space. Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by John Osborn
As other Nutshell books that i loved, this one is exceptional too. Quick reference to the language features, the detail reference layout for most classes. Read morePublished on May 1 2002 by "eyenh"