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Professional C# 2nd Edition
Professional C# 2nd Edition
by Simon Robinson
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Hodgepodge put together by too many authors, July 25 2002
Wrox was slammed by the user groups for these books with ten authors. They've gotten smarter: now they only put one photograph on the cover. But that misses the point; the book is still more a collection of essays by different writers than a book.
There are parts of this book that are fairly good, but overall it does not cover the material coherently, and it is 25-50% bigger than it should be for the material covered.
There are better choices elsewhere. I just posted a review for the O'Reilly book, which I think is a much better choice.

Programming ASP .NET
Programming ASP .NET
by Jesse Liberty
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

5.0 out of 5 stars For ASP.NET Beginners and intermediate programmers too!, July 25 2002
This review is from: Programming ASP .NET (Paperback)
A previous review panned this book for being for beginners; but that is what is great about it. This book teaches you everything you need to know to write ASP.NET applications.
That review complains that this book is weak on Delegates, Threading, Remoting, and Event handling but those topics are not ASP.NET; and Liberty covers them in detail in his Programming C# book (which is also excellent).
Where this book does shine is in covering ASP.NET, and all the aspects of writing a powerful internet application with ASP.NET. Excellent coverage, not only of controls and web forms, but also of data display and binding, interacting with databases, deployment and so forth.
This book is highly recommended.

Programming C#
Programming C#
by Jesse Liberty
Edition: Paperback
22 used & new from CDN$ 1.51

5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to C# and .NET available, July 25 2002
This review is from: Programming C# (Paperback)
Liberty's Programming C# is not only well written, it is a complete and thorough primer on C# programming. He begins with a terrific tutorial on the language, taking you through all the fundamentals, and making sure you are comfortable with class, interface, struct definitions and usage. He does not assume you already understand object oriented programming, but teaches the concepts as you need them.
The second part is a good introduction to using C# to program .NET applications, including web services, web apps, windows applications, and the use of ado.net
Part three is a real treasure. Here Liberty teaches the advanced concepts that are difficult to find elsewhere. He explains attributes and reflection, remoting, streams, asynchronous i/o, threading and so forth.
The examples in Prog. C# are excellent; well thought out and on point. Liberty provides source code and other material on his web site.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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