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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 8 edition (Oct. 30 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509301046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509301041
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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About the Author

John Sharp is a principal technologist at Content Master, part of CM Group Ltd., a technical authoring and consulting company based in Gloucester, in the UK. An expert on developing Microsoft .NET applications, he has created many tutorials, white papers, and presentations on distributed systems, web services, cloud applications, and the C# language. He is the author of Windows Communication Foundation Step by Step and helped develop Microsoft Certification Course 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3.


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"Innovative" approach, maybe a little bit hard for first timer, but the book is targeting "developers new to C# but not completely new to programming.". And while "this book is not intended to provide detailed coverage", what it covers can be fine, and refreshing, even for experienced developers. I bought it for an intro for UWP, and even if it is not the main goal of this book, I could recommend it... for an intro. The author style is not often seen, and the hands-on practical examples are really to the point without excessive typing (well, maybe I would shuffle a deck of 52 cards differently than the author, but I assume that it was for a demo of concepts, not for a show of how simple it could be done :-) ).

You may have to target the Window 10 build 10240 in VS2015 to be able to follow some examples (build 10526 seems to create problems), which is, fortunately, easy to do (Project / Properties / Application ... Targeting... )
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a good introduction to Software Building
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Excellent book and very clear
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HASH(0xa1d00f3c) out of 5 stars Excellent! John Sharp really knows how to teach C# Jan. 5 2016
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I retired early 15 years ago from being a Microsoft Windows Programmer. I wanted to see what was going on in the programming world today so I bought this book and downloaded Visual Studio 2015 Community. Windows programming today is a whole new ballgame from when I left. The tools are amazing and so is C#. The Kindle edition of this book running on my Nexus 9 tablet sitting next to my Microsoft Surface Book computer is really great. I'm very pleased with what John Sharp has done and I love the step-by-step approach John uses in his teaching. I'm really having a lot of fun with this combination.

I liked the Kindle edition so much that I ordered the paperback book too, but I sent it back to Amazon as unacceptable. After working with the Kindle edition on my Nexus 9 in glorious color, the paperback book in Black & White was a real letdown. Just try to follow the paperback's Black & White examples trying to see where the "yellow" highlighting and "green" cursors are and try to find the "red" squiggly lines and the "blue" icons. Why on earth would Microsoft Press screw up a great book like this with Black & White when it just cries out to be in color?

Don't bother with the more expensive Black & White paperback, get the less expensive Kindle edition and have full color.
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HASH(0xa1d01168) out of 5 stars It's a smooth easy read for a very complex subject Nov. 28 2015
By Dan Jerome - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well written. It's a smooth easy read for a very complex subject. I've been programming in C# for a very long time but I bought it because I couldn't find a good book on UWP. I skipped right to the 4th section on UWP and I feel like I just found exactly what I needed. I'm looking forward to using it as reference.
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HASH(0xa1d0112c) out of 5 stars This book is well written and designed to be useful for a variety of skill levels Dec 29 2015
By George Koehl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written and designed to be useful for a variety of skill levels. In the introduction of the book, the author gives you instructions about how the book is laid out for each experience level. The writing style is very clear and fluid. The code is explained well and there are many notes that further explain concepts and ancillary topics. The scope of the book is Beginner to Intermediate level programming, yet is does expect the reader to understand the basics of programming.
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HASH(0xa1d01660) out of 5 stars Fantastic book for anyone interested in development April 21 2016
By Derik - Published on Amazon.com
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So I will be honest and say I am not all the way through this book yet, but rather am (according to my Kindle) 25% of the way through. I have been working in IT for a while now and decided I wanted to teach myself C# so I could learn to make apps for Windows IoT. So far I have been learning a significant amount, and I finally am getting a strong grasp on object oriented programming thanks to this book, even when for some reason it just would not click with me in the past.

This book walks you through hands-on projects and shows you not only how to get the syntax properly, but walks you through core programming concepts, such as conditional programming, object oriented programming and how to thoroughly debug your application. It explains numerous pitfalls that can come up during the development process. Frankly, this is one of the best programming books I have ever read, and I feel like it would be a good book for developers of all skills levels, whether a professional or a complete beginner who has never written a single line of code.
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HASH(0xa1d014f8) out of 5 stars Good book, poor support for sample programs (Windows 10 required) Feb. 21 2016
By Pedro - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to C#, however, I have been programming in database and mathematical programing languages for over 20 years. When buying a book on C# I was concerned that I would find a book targeted at my level of experience, which is not basic, but not advanced in the sense of traditional programming languages. I have been happy with this book, it hits the spot for me. It explains enough of the concepts without becoming too technical and it is simple enough for me to follow. The only reason I did not give this 4 or 5 stars is that, like a couple of other folks, I found bugs in the sample programs. I found the examples code in Chapter 2 to be totally broken. This is no small issue, without working sample programs and proper support, the value of the book is greatly diminished. I will update if MS support get's back to me with a proper response (even if it was my error).

Update:
I was able to get the Chapter 2 sample apps to work after loading the updated Windows SDK files as indicated in another review comment by Kim Spilker under VanRoekl11 January 29, 2016 review "someone needs to test every page to verify it ..." under this publication in Amazon.

Update:
The Chapter 2 sample programs only work on a Windows 10 OS. My Windows 8.1 Machine still will not run the sample application even with the SDK update. I will keep my rating at three stars, since Windows 8.1 is still a supported OS (only one version behind 10) and it seems a bit strange for a book to require a specific operating systems for a simple learning application. The introductory chapter does say Windows 10 is required for sample applications, but that is a bit self serving and unhelpful. It seems as if the publisher could not take the time to re-write the simple sample app too accommodate a common operating system (Windows 8.1 or even 7?). The title of this book should be more explicit-Microsoft C# for Windows 10 Step by Step.

Update:
After 3 days, a response to my query arrived from a person at "InformIT Support". They suggested that I make sure I unzipped the sample files before using them. I will leave this here.This is typical MS outsourcing of a good product.


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