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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (July 13 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321150775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321150776
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,404,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Essential C# 2.0pulls off a very difficult task. The early chapters are comprehensible by beginning developers, while the later chapters pull no punches and provide the experienced developer with the detailed information they need to make the most of C# 2.0. Starting with the first chapter, Mark has successfully interwoven tidbits of information useful to even the most advanced developer while keeping the book approachable.”
—Chris Kinsman, chief architect, Vertafore, Microsoft Regional Director
“How refreshing! This book deals with C# thoroughly, rather than skimming over the whole .NET framework. It is valuable to newcomers and professionals alike.”
—Jon Skeet, C# MVP
Essential C# 2.0is a one-stop shop for an experienced programmer looking to ramp up on one of the hottest languages around today. Mark delivers an intelligent and detailed tour of C#, providing newcomers to the language with a solid foundation of skill on which to build their next generation of applications.”
—Stephen Toub, technical editor, MSDN Magazine
“This book provides complete, up-to-date coverage of all the programming constructs in C#. Masterfully organized, it allows beginning programmers to get on board and leads more experienced programmers into the world of structured programming. Because of its unwavering focus on the essential programming constructs of C#—such as generics, delegates, and much more—this book is indispensable. For programmers who want to solve their day-to-day programming issues using the latest features this modern programming language has to offer, this book is indispensable.”
—Narendra Poflee, IT integration specialist, Itron Inc.
Essential C# 2.0is an ideal book for all programmers interested in C#. If you are a beginner, you will quickly learn the basics of C# programming and become familiar with the concepts. The flow of the text is easy to follow and does a great job of not repeating concepts that have already been covered. For the experienced programmer, this book has priceless nuggets embedded within its pages, making it a great read for programmers who are already familiar with C#. This will be a book that I will keep next to my computer for years to come.”
—Michael Stokesbary, software engineer, Itron Inc.

Essential C# 2.0is a clear, concise guide to C#—including the features new to C# 2.0. The book clearly presents material for beginners and experts and provides contrasts and comparisons between C# and other languages. The C# language is covered comprehensively and each important construct is illustrated with succinct code examples. Complete code examples are available online. Mark Michaelis has organized the material for quick access. Graphical “mind maps” at the beginning of each chapter show what material is covered and how each topic relates to the whole.

Following the C# introduction, readers will learn about

  • C# primitive data types, value types, reference types, type conversions, and arrays
  • Operators and control flow, loops, conditional logic, and sequential programming
  • Methods, parameters, exception handling, and structured programming
  • Classes, inheritance, structures, interfaces, and object-oriented programming
  • Well-formed types, operator overloading, namespaces, and garbage collection
  • Generics, collections, and iterators
  • Reflection, attributes, and declarative programming
  • Threading, synchronization, and multi-threaded patterns
  • Interoperability and unsafe code
  • The Common Language Infrastructure that underlies C#

C# 2.0 has a multitude of new features that make the language even more powerful, productive, and efficient. These new features are thoroughly covered in this book. A separate appendix on C# 2.0 topics helps readers quickly find new features of the language.

Whether you’re just starting out as a programmer, are an experienced developer looking to learn C#, or are a seasoned C# programmer interested in learning the new features of C# 2.0,Essential C# 2.0gives you just what you need to quickly get up and running writing C# applications.

About the Author

Mark Michaelis is an enterprise architect and trainer at Itron Corporation and an IDesign architect specializing in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Visual Studio Team System (VSTS). Since 1996, Mark has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for areas such as C# and VSTS, and he serves on several Microsoft software design review teams, including C#, WCF, and VSTS. He holds an M.S. in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, speaks at developer conferences both nationally and internationally, and has written several other books and articles.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great coverage of C# -- smart graphics are a huge help, too Feb. 6 2007
By James Holmes - Published on
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Essential C# 2.0 is somewhat introductory in nature, but there's enough coverage of more advanced topics to make it useful for experienced .NET developers as well. What's really different about this book is its tremendous visual impact. This book has perhaps the best visual layout of any I've seen, and it's so well done that it really helps the book get across the points Michaelis is making in this book.

Each chapter starts out with a mind map, one of my favorite tools for getting across highlights of a topic. There's a very nice deliniation of topic levels within chapters as well, with beginner and advanced topics being clearly separated out by headers and sidebar borders. The code examples get some great markup, too, with bits inside code being clearly marked out with grey background and bold text so you quickly see what the author's focusing on -- and the font for console output is way cool, too.

OK, so that's all the visual stuff which would be simply eye candy bling and rather useless if the content of the book didn't back it up. It's nice that the content does back it up. There's solid coverage of all the important topics: value vs. reference types, how the CLR/CLI works, basic object-oriented programming aspects of C#, and nice bits on delegates and events. C# 2.0 features get good coverage, and there are two nicely done chapters on threading. There's also a chapter covering interoperability via P/Invoke and unsafe code (pointers), a topic I've not seen covered in any other book.

Michaelis's writing style is clear, and he's nicely concise in the book. I appreciate that he kept the focus on C# and didn't try to span out into ASP.NET, web services, and a raft of various other topics that always seem to get lumped in with language books.

Overall I think this is a terriffic book and I'm happy to have it on my shelf!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
a developer's best friend for c# Aug. 8 2006
By Jeanne Boyarsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Essential C#" does for C# what Deitel did for Java. It's great book to learn C# from the ground up or for experienced developers. I was a bit skeptical of the claim that the book is for everyone - beginners, experienced developers, structured programmers, C/C++/Java developers and C# professionals. However, through a combination of sidebars and text that makes sense on different levels, the author managed to achieve this lofty goal.

This truly is a book for developers. It includes refactoring and other best practices. I especially liked the part on well formed types and how to properly implement equals. There is a strong emphasis on the language itself, which is great. The first mention of Windows Forms is almost page 600. A nice contrast to those book that teach the "language" solely through visual editors. The author also gives equal time to the .NET and Mono implementations.

The back cover states the book is "clear and concise." Weighing in at 700 pages, the book does manage to stay true to this claim. Code examples are short and focused. I only found one over a page long. Descriptions are clear, accurate and easy to follow. I strongly recommend this book to any considering working with C#. t really is "Essential" !
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Better than the book "The C# Programming Language" by Far Feb. 5 2007
By John Grove - Published on
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This book has extensive coverage of basic and not so basic features. I learned a lot about delegates and other advanced subjects that are usually skimmed through lightly. As I said in the title, I found this to be much better than the book "The C# Programming Language" by by Anders Hejlsberg, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde which was not much of a help to me because it was more like a long list linked book where this one deals with C# directly in each of its subjects it undertakes.

Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Like the book Dec 25 2006
By Kobi Hikri - Published on
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This book arrived few days ago to my desk and I really must say that it is "Something else" ...

I write C# code for a while now and find the book excellent as a tutorial, as well as a reference.

The author doesn't assume prior knowledge and that is one of the things I expect from a good "beginners book".

There are more advanced topics (as marked by the author, which is great - makes the reader pay extra attention) that makes the developer already familiar with C#, suddenly understand what's happening "Behind the scenes".

Simply written, Concise. Excellent book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The new reference standard for C# books Jan. 30 2007
By G. Askew - Published on
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Design, writing style, and layout are good. Topics and concepts are explained well. Distinguishing features are "best-practice" recommendations that are sprinkled throughout, the "mind map" intro for each chapter, and a refreshing amount of substance that is substantially different from other C# books. Topics that are murky in other books are presented with clarity, such as covariance and contravariance. The coverage for events and delegates were particularly well done. Delegates/events are critical to master early, and a concept that many books sadly neglect.