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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1848 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; Pap/Psc edition (March 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470191376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470191378
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Professional C# 2008

Updated for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio® 2008, this book is the ultimate guide to C# 2008 and its environment. Beginning with a look into the architecture and methodology of .NET, the team of superlative authors explains why the C# language cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather, must be considered in parallel with the .NET Framework. After gaining an understanding of the foundation of C#, you'll then go on to examine the fundamentals of C# programming with each successive chapter.

New examples provide helpful explanations on how to use C# to solve various tasks. Plus, completely new chapters on LINQ, SQL, ADO.NET entities, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, arrays, system transactions, tracing, and event logging all deliver essential information to help you gain a clear and thorough understanding of all that C# 2008 has to offer.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to write Windows® applications and Windows® services

  • Ways to use ASP.NET 3.5 to write web pages

  • Techniques for manipulating XML using C#

  • How to use ADO.NET to access databases

  • Ways to generate graphics using C# 2008

  • Numerous C# add-ins

  • How to use LINQ to easily work with your SQL Server databases and XML

Who this book is for
This book is for experienced developers who are interested in learning the latest version of the number one developer language: C#.

Wrox Professional Guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Christian Nagel of thinktecture is a software architect and developer who offers training and consulting on how to design and develop Microsoft .NET solutions. He looks back on more than 20 years of software development experience. Christian started his computing career with PDP 11 and VAX/VMS platforms, covering a variety of languages and platforms. Since the year 2000, when .NET was just a technology preview, he has been working with various .NET technologies to build numerous .NET solutions. With his profound knowledge of Microsoft technologies, he has written numerous .NET books, and is certified as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Professional Developer for ASP.NET. Christian speaks at international conferences such as TechEd and Tech Days, and supports .NET user groups with INETA Europe. You can contact Christian via his Web sites, and .

Bill Evjen, Microsoft MVP is an active proponent of .NET Technologies and community - based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group ( ), one of the world ’ s first such groups. Bill is also the founder and former executive director of the International .NET Association ( ), which represents more than 450,000 members worldwide. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill is an acclaimed author (more than 15 books to date) and speaker on ASP.NET and SML Web services. In addition to writing and speaking at conferences such as DevConnections, VSLive, and TechEd, Bill works closely with Microsoft as a Microsoft regional director. Bill is the technical architect for Lipper ( ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Reuters, the international news and financial services company. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington with a Russian language degree. When he isn ’ t tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at evjen@yahoo.cpm.

Morgan Skinner began his computing career at a young age on the Sinclair ZX80 at school, where he was underwhelmed by some code a teacher had written and so began programming in assembly language. Since then he ’ s used all sorts of languages and platforms, including VAX Macro Assembler, Pascal, Modula2, Smalltalk, X86 assembly language, PowerBuilder, C/C++, VB, and currently C# (of course). He ’ s been programming in .NET since the PDC release in 2000, and liked it so much he joined Microsoft in 2001. He now works in premier support for developers and spends most of his time assisting customers with C#. You can reach Morgan at

Jay Glynn started writing software nearly 20 years ago, writing applications for the PICK operating system using PICK basic. Since then, he has created software using Paradox PAL and Object PAL, Delphi, VBA, Visual Basic, C, C++, Java, and of course, C#. He is currently a project coordinator and architect for a large financial services company in Nashville, Tennessee, working on software for the TabletPC platform. You can contact Jay at

Karli Watson is a freelance author and a technical consultant of 3form Ltd ( ) and Boost .net, and an associate technologist at Content Master ( ). He started out with the intention of becoming a world - famous nanotechnologist, so perhaps one day you might recognize his name as he receives a Nobel Prize. For now, though, Karli ’ s main academic interest is the .NET Framework, and all the boxes of tricks it contains. A snowboarding enthusiast, Karli also loves cooking, spends far too much time playing Anarchy Online and EVE, and wishes he had a cat. As yet, nobody has seen fit to publish Karli ’ s first novel, but the rejection letters make an attractive pile. If he ever puts anything up there, you can visit Karli online at

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Format: Paperback
I have been doing Java development for 8 years and needed a book that covers C# and the .Net libraries for my new job as a .Net developer.

This book is awesome for people trying to get a global overview of all of the language features and the interaction with the .Net framework. It covers the new 3.0 features along with the 3.5 version of .Net. Some of the best chapters are on the new Lambda (delegates) features and its integration with Linq. Also present are overviews of ASP .Net, ADO .Net, Linq over XML, Visual Studio 2008 primer and much more.

The level of detail is quite sufficient to get you up and running as quickly as possible, but you will still have to dig in each subjects by yourself afterward.

Not for newbie developers as it requires strong knowledge of OOP. Scripters trying to learn C# should probably look for a beginner's book as this one proves to be more for intermediate to advance. Great for Java, C/C++ developers trying to convert!

All hail .Net :)
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Format: Paperback
Great book covering wide range of contents in deep.
It wastes no space for wordy redundant typing. I feel I paid for what really worth the money.

I love to keep it as handy reference.

It is not good for beginner. It never wastes space to list all the codes and explain even Console.WriteLine(), which is not likely on a 1700 page book. But it does keep all topics thorough and concise.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8313c90) out of 5 stars MEGA C# Reference April 1 2008
By Dan McKinnon - Published on
Format: Paperback
'Professional C# 2008' is one of those ginormous books that I usually (usually) complain is too big, too bloated, too MUCH but sometimes the exception is the rule and that is the case here. With 1750+ pages of material spread over 48 chapters and 3 appendixes, if you are looking for brevity and/or a simple learning book this is probably not for you. If you are looking for a complete solution on learning C# from top to bottom, keep reading because you are in the right place.

Although it's lengthy, I feel a chapter listing is beneficial to detail out all the details of this book:

01. .NET Architecture
02. C# Basics
03. Objects and Types
04. Inheritance
05. Arrays
06. Operators and Casts
07. Delegates and Events
08. Strings and Regular Expressions
09. Generics
10. Collections
11. Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
12. Memory Management and Pointers
13. Reflection
14. Errors and Exceptions
15. Visual Studio 2008
16. Deployment
17. Assemblies
18. Tracing and Events
19. Threading and Synchronization
20. Security
21. Localization
22. Transactions
23. Windows Services
24. Interoperability
25. Manipulating Files and the Registry
26. Data Access
27. LINQ to SQL
28. Manipulating XML
29. LINQ to XML
30. .NET Programming with SQL Server
31. Windows Forms
32. Data Binding
33. Graphics with GDI+
34. Windows Presentation Foundation
35. Advanced WPF
36. Add-Ins
37. ASP.NET Pages
38. ASP.NET Development
40. Visual Studio Tools for Office
41. Accessing the Internet
42. Windows Communication Foundation
43. Windows Workflow Foundation
44. Enterprise Services
45. Message Queuing
46. Directory Services
47. Peer-to-Peer Networking
48. Syndication

Subject matter is extremely thorough, and the writing is right to the point. Full of usable examples and traditional (good) Wrox design, you will be able to use chapters piece mail to get the information you are looking for or read the book from beginning to end if you want the whole experience.

I feel that this book is best for marginal/new C# developers who aren't intimidated by a tome of this size. There is lots of great information within and you certainly learn what makes C# such a fantastic language to use in today's world.

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa770cccc) out of 5 stars Good in combination with other resources July 10 2008
By E - Published on
Format: Paperback
The content of this book is very good, but sentence structures are often confusing and vital information is sometimes missing. The quality varies greatly from one chapter to another, however, and some chapters are very well written. In combination with other books, this is a good resource, but on its own it can be frustrating at times.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7385474) out of 5 stars Data Dump Oct. 21 2009
By Wombat Ed - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book contains a lot of facts, but fails to present them in a way that helps you understand the big picture. For example, it has an entire chapter on Collections, including about ten different types. It offers a lot of detail about how each one works, but is useless if you're looking for guidance on which one to use in what kind of situation.

I am a moderately experienced .Net developer, and I bought the book about two months ago hoping it would help me move my level of expertise to a higher level. Since then, I've turned to it about a dozen times, and not once have I found what I needed.

This book is intended to be a "professional-level" work aimed at people who are already IT pros; it's readers know how to look up details of a given interface. These authors are obviously very knowledgeable, but they need to take a step back and think about the what their intended audience really needs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7385420) out of 5 stars Excellent C# & .Net3.5 reference book Nov. 10 2008
By S. Gundorov - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a solid "all in one" reference book on C# and .Net3.5 additions. This book came head and shoulders above everything else out there. This book has complete coverage of the basics and great coverage of new additions. It even has a chapter on Peer-to-Peer Networking (didn't know it was added until I read this book). Some books on C# focused only on the new stuff or limited their scope otherwise. This book is my main table reference. It is not perfect, but because it covers most of the framework and C# syntax if it doesn't have the exact answer for a particular question, there is enough info to really narrow the focus of the next step of more in depth research.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7385f54) out of 5 stars blissfull Sept. 17 2008
By Dr. Larry - Published on
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Book is a decent introduction to C# although at 1782 pages a bit of a slog. It doesn't cover enough detail to be good reference, however. I find I need to look at online documentation for even some simple issues. I am an experienced programmer, so I know what I want a language to do. What I am interested in is "how do I do what I want to do?". This book has not proven to be good at answering these kind of questions. But in its defense, I have not found other books to be better - even highly recommended ones.