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Microsoft Visual C#(tm) .Net (Core Reference) [Hardcover]

Mickey Williams
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June 15 2002 Core reference
This core reference provides the expert guidance that professional developers need to build applications with Windows Forms--the next-generation Microsoft Windows programming class library. Bestselling author Petzold shows readers how to use Microsoft Visual C#--the advanced, object-oriented language for the Microsoft .NET platform-to create dynamic user interfaces and graphical outputs for distributed or stand-alone applications.

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The comprehensive "on the desk" reference for using Visual C# to write Web-ready Windows applications for the client or server

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Mickey Williams is the founder of Codev Technologies, a provider of tools for Windows developers and consulting services for mission critical systems. Active with object-oriented development since the 1980's, Williams is the author of numerous books on Windows programming and is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and Europe. As an expert in .NET development, Williams is an instructor for .NET Experts, where he teaches courses on the .NET Framework, XML and SOAP. He also writes the bi-weekly ".NET Nuts and Bolts" column for CodeGuru.com.

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2.0 out of 5 stars not a great book. Aug. 5 2003
By Nagaraj
this book starts off very well. I was happy that I bought this book , I based my decision on the reviews available here. but I was only partly right. this is not a great 4/5 star book. the beginning gives you a good feeling about the concepts , but as chapters move forward, you don't find much code to support the explanation, for eg:- ADO.NET chapter is bad. the author tries to explain the concepts , but without any actual code to support why and how and where you can use this concept. for almost everything you have to refer back to the CD for examples, it gets quite frustrating most of the times. guess nobody needs a huge 5 page example, but a class for example with methods and properties and code to support the explanation goes a long way. this book lacks this big time. sometimes I felt like, OK I have the code here in the book, now what where do I put this ?
could have been a better book with some more concepts and on the spot codes rather than just refering to CD 95% of the times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written tutorial Sept. 17 2002
This is a very nice introduction to the C# language using Visual Studio.NET. Although the book is referred to as a "Core Reference" it is not a reference in the typical sense. Microsoft Press also publishes a "Step By Step" book on the same topic which is a basic introduction for the inexperienced programmer. This book is a more advanced tutorial, more suitable for a programmer with Java or C++ experience. However, it is not a complete introduction to the language. Several major topics are missing including regular expressions, inner classes, and, most surprisingly, I/O. The book does cover a wide range of features in .NET and does a nice job of explaining how to use these features in Visual Studio.NET. The first half of the book is an introduction to C# starting with the basics and going up to threading and debugging. The second half of the book covers topics such as creating windows and web forms, ADO.NET, XML, and web services. The section on windows forms is the most complete while the other topics are covered lightly. Overall, the book is generally well written and well edited. I found no obvious mistakes. The book is in hardcover and comes with a CD containing all the code and a DVD with a 60 day version of Visual Studio.NET. The book is not as complete as the O'Reilly C# book but because it is more fully integrated with Visual Studio, may be more useful to most developers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference on Visual C# July 27 2002
As is stated on the front cover of this book, this is a "Reference," and not a tutorial, however, this book is an invaluable reference. For learning C#/.Net itself, I recommend either the Wrox Professional C# 2nd Edition, or the OOP with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step.
Mickey covers all aspects of C# programming, including:
* The C# language and the .Net framework itself
* An extremely comprehensive presentation of Windows Forms
* Introductory material on GDI
* Good beginning material on ADO.Net and XML
* Introductory material on ASP.Net and Web services
This book is very heay on thorough explanations of various classes, techniques, and the .Net framework itself, and very light on example programs, making it an excellent reference.
The only issue I have with this book is that it does not cover basic architectual issues in building an entire program. By this I mean it does not show how a programmer might write a distributed application, with code in components. If you want to know how best to architect an entire solution, this book is of little help. Also, Micky makes a number of well-meaning comparisons to C++, which are either wrong or are misleading, however, the comparisons are of no consequence to his excellent presentation on C# and .Net itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent C# Reference June 6 2002
This is an extremely well-written book. It is most defintely aimed at the intermediate/advanced programmer. Mickey makes you read each chapter twice! Chapter 6 (Delegates,Events, and Attributes) was the most comprehensive presentation of these topics that I have read (Had me reaching for the Tylenol :-) )
He covers alot of the ground that Richter does - strong name assemblies,reflection (a most brilliant presentation I might add),etc. I truly enjoy the way he handled Windows/Web forms.
It was not just the point and click stuff that you get in the
Step by Step series. Mickey took us to the nitty gritty of it.
This WILL definitely be my "go to" reference book on C# and the
.NET framework. I have read at least 5 other 'Advanced' C# books and this was by far the most enjoyable (honorable mention to Tom Archer and his "Inside C#" ). And finally, Mr. Williams has an endearing sense of humor --> Hey you gotta love someone who gives you baseball and overdraft applications ubiquitously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to get another copy Aug. 26 2002
I originally bought this book for my team as a reference, but I'm finding that I use this book all the time now. The integration with Visual Studio is really cool, and keeps the book at my fingertips at all times. It also has the most concise explanation of the C# language I've seen so far. Also, the book has coverage of controls and other topics that weren't covered even in the Petzold book. For one book to cover overloading of the true and false operators, as well as Windows Forms and XML, is simply amazing. Another thing - if there are any errors, my team hasn't found any yet, and we've been through the book front to back. Great work. This is easily the team's favorite Visual C#-specific .NET book, and I'm going to need another copy just so I can keep the it in my office. The only drawback is that I would have like to have a bit more detail on ASP.NET and Web Services, but all in all, this is a great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enumerator example has a lapsed listener problem
Overall I think this book makes a good reference. In chapter 7, I like the point about being careful to invalidate the enumerator if the underlying data gets changed. Read more
Published on May 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor reference
I have read in the reviews of this book that it's geared towards the intermediate/advanced developer. I disagree! This book is orientated towards the beginner. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by John M. Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for the Studio Parts
I've been reading this book becuase I needed a book that also talked about how use the parts of visualstudio like the windows forms controls and making web services. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by Javiar
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense
This book lost the ground of its course. Not good enough on C#, very little .Net framework, and gives only simple things about Windows programming and other key areas. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much extraneous staff, irrelevant to the C# language
The first couple of chapters gave a decent introduction to C#, but later on the book strayed away to include things like ado.net, windows forms, etc. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by wangwei
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry
Examples are poor and there is little information that you couldn't easily find on help. Help actually provides more info than this waste of time. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by JEFFREY ALAN REINHOLZ
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly done - Basically C# for Dummies
I've been using C# for 3 years, but purchased this book hoping to glean some new stuff on C# and .NET. Boy, was I disappointed. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding!!
This is one of the best Visual C#.NET books available in the market at this moment. It is a good mix and balance of tutorial and reference material, explained in a clear way. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002 by Marcus Fenix
5.0 out of 5 stars good introduction for C#
This book comes with 1 CD that include the soft copy version of this book and 1 DVD that include 60-day trial version of Visual Studio .NET professional. Read more
Published on July 22 2002
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