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Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step (8th Edition) Paperback – Oct 30 2015
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.