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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Pros and Cons May 5 2006
By R. ANALYTICS - Published on
Format: Paperback
PROS: I liked the book, and learned a lot from it. It is both a very broad and deep view of C# and .NET, covering more than most other books. It has good explanations of things like delegates, properties, indexers, and differences between C# and java, C++ and other languages. The section on ADO (SQL Database classes) is especially good, tho it goes pretty fast. This is a professional book, not for beginning programmers, but especially good if you know java or C++ already (I know both, so it helped even more).

Between this book and the Microsoft web site, I now have a firm understanding of the basics of C#, and a start in learning a good chunk of .NET. Much more to do on learning .NET, of course.

CONS: The problem with the book was a lack of quality control -- many more errors in the code snippets and some detailed explanations than there should have been -- all someone has to do is copy them into a program and try compiling them, and verify it at least compiles! Some were corrected in the downloadable code, but still a lot that weren't (I got tired of submitting errata reports). There were even some simple speling errors (sic) that a simple spell checker could have caught! Jeez guys, come on!

I was forced to go to the Microsoft web site and get accurate data on many occasions. Lost confidence in Wrox.

I got the impression that much of the data had started in one of the other C# books, got edited, and now there are holes, references to code and items that don't exist, etc. More a fault of the editors than the original authors.

Wrox -- put some pressure on your quality control people! These aren't romance novels, people like us actually read these things and USE THEM!!!
57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Great reference to C# 2005 Nov. 21 2005
By Dave - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a great book. Since Amazon doesn't list the book's table of contents, and you're probably wanting more information about what's in it before you buy, here's the table of contents from my copy of the book:

Part I: The C# Language.

Chapter 1: .NET Architecture.

Chapter 2: C# Basics.

Chapter 3: Objects and Types.

Chapter 4: Inheritance.

Chapter 5: Operators and Casts.

Chapter 6: Delegates and Events.

Chapter 7: Memory Management and Pointers.

Chapter 8: Strings and Regular Expressions.

Chapter 9: Collections.

Chapter 10: Generics.

Chapter 11: Reflection.

Chapter 12: Errors and Exceptions.

Chapter 13: Threading.

Part II: The .NET Environment.

Chapter 14: Visual Studio 2005.

Chapter 15: Assemblies.

Chapter 16: .NET Security.

Chapter 17: Localization.

Chapter 18: Deployment.

Part III: Data.

Chapter 19: Data Access with .NET.

Chapter 20: .NET Programming with SQL Server 2005.

Chapter 21: Manipulating XML.

Chapter 22: Working with Active Directory.

Part IV: Windows Applications.

Chapter 23: Windows Forms.

Chapter 24: Viewing .NET Data.

Chapter 25: Graphics with GDI+.

Part V: Web Applications.

Chapter 26: ASP.NET Pages.

Chapter 27: ASP.NET Development.

Part VI: Communication.

Chapter 28: Web Services.

Chapter 29: .NET Remoting.

Chapter 30: Enterprise Services.

Chapter 31: Message Queuing.

Chapter 32: Future of Distributed Programming.

Part VII: Interop.

Chapter 33: COM Interoperability.

Part VIII: Windows Base Services.

Chapter 34: Manipulating Files and the Registry.

Chapter 35: Accessing the Internet.

Chapter 36: Windows Services.

Part IX: Appendices (Web Site Only).

Appendix A: Principles of Object-Oriented Programming.

Appendix B: C# for Visual Basic 6 Developers.

Appendix C: C# for Java Developers.

Appendix D: C# for C++ Developers.


I hope that helps.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
C# 2.0 IS COOL! This book is great for 2.0 Nov. 18 2005
By Jas - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the 2nd edition of this book for .NET 1.0 and recently got this recent new edition focused on .NET 2.0. My big comment after reviewing this book is that C# 2.0 is dang cool! I love the new features and really am anxious to apply generics now into my applications. I give this book a big thumbs up in getting me up to speed in C# 2.0. It is a BIG book - 1540 pages and is heavy enough to leave dents in your legs. The authors do a good job of explaining C# from start to finish. There is also a tremendous amount of what I will label as 'tips and tricks' throughout. Here's my big reasons to get this book:

* It's big and covers so much from the C# world in an `applied' manner

* It covers all the core C# items and then expands out to areas that are less covered in other books - such as working with Active Directory or GDI+

* Covers working with SQL Server 2005 quite nicely

* Even covers futures such as working with WCF

Basically if you are a developer in the C# world of .NET - then this is something you would want next to your keyboard.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Too much handholding July 31 2006
By Stephanie Giovannini - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a decent introduction to the C# language, in a very slow, very hold-your-hand sort of way. The later chapters on using C# in .NET applications aren't terribly useful because they follow the same overly simplified style of explanation and ultimately run out of space for advanced features.

I usually don't criticize writing styles, but certain grammatical constructs are overused in this book and began to grate on me. If I had this in electronic form, I'd love to see how many times the phrase, "The idea is that," appears in this book. I even saw, "The thing is that," which should never appear in writing. If your sentence begins with "The [generic noun] is that," you can generally omit this entire phrase.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Book For Quick Start Nov. 22 2005
By Bailey Whip - Published on
Format: Paperback
Our team decided to use this book as our primer to begin the daunting task of a total rewrite of our quality and regulatory metrics software using C#. We chose this particular book because of the manner in which it allows developers, well-versed in other languages, to hit the ground running with C#. The chapters are very well laid out and the content is a perfect match. Some on our team have been in the industry for nearly 20 years and made comments on how much they have enjoyed the book. Obviously we are in the "child" stages of the development cycle, but this book has enabled us to kick the design phase up a few gears. So all in all, in our opinion, this book is a must have!