Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Paperback – Apr 10 2006
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From the Back Cover
As the .NET Framework and Common Language Runtime (CLR) continue to mature in terms of platform adoption, robustness, reliability, and feature richness, developers have an increasing need to understand the foundation on top of which all managed code runs. This book looks at the underlying platform commonalities that all developers can use, regardless of language choice or development tools. This includes languages such as C#, Visual Basic, C++/CLI, and others.
You'll begin with an in-depth look at CLR fundamentals. From there, you'll review first the Base Class Libraries (BCL) and then the more advanced Framework libraries that are commonly used in most managed applications. With an abundance of working code examples and unique depth of coverage, this book will quickly get you up to speed on what the .NET Framework and CLR 2.0 have to offer.
What you will learn from this book
- Details of the CLR's architecture, including garbage collection, exceptions, just-in-time compilation, and the Common Type System
- How assemblies work and options for deployment, from executables to shared to private libraries
- Specific portions of the BCL, as well as advanced Framework libraries such as the new transaction libraries
- Advanced services of the CLR, such as the secure programming model and forms of isolation and concurrency
- How the CLR's rich metadata is used for dynamic programming and runtime code-generation
Who this book is for
This book is for developers experienced either with the Microsoft (.NET 1.x, Win32, or COM) or Java platforms who want to understand and program with the .NET Framework and CLR.
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
Joe Duffy is a program manager on the Common Language Runtime (CLR) Team at Microsoft, where he works on concurrency and parallel programming models. Prior to joining the team, he was an independent consultant, a CTO for a startup ISV, and an architect and software developer at Massachusetts-based EMC Corporation. Joe has worked professionally with native Windows (COM and Win32), Java, and the .NET Framework, and holds research interests in parallel computing, transactions, language design, and virtual machine design and implementation. He lives in Washington with his soon-to-be wife, cat, and two crazy ferrets. Joe writes frequent essays on his blog at www.bluebytesoftware.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
And instead of trying to stay overly structured (covering a specific subject and nothing else in each chapter like I've seen a lot in computer books), he will sometimes mention a feature of the CLR that has its own chapter later, but that you should look make sure to combine with the current topic for great results.
Joe hit that perfect target of not too many examples, but supplying enough of them. It seemed like in every instance that
I started to get a little ansy and wanted to an example of his dotnet development instruction, there it was, a perfect code example to show me the way, and not too much of it.
Duffy goes out of the way to inform you as to what CLR functionality is especially useful, and compares a particular API feature with the way another language (such as C++/Stl or Java) implements it.
It's very evident that the author is actively using dotnet (even moreso, he is also a Program Manager on the CLR Team), because he will be sure to tell you that something is very useful
(like he said about anonymous delegates), or that something is powerful (the new 2.0 Generics or Contraints. ).
It's just pure programmer to programmer value.
And he'll be sure to alert you as to how to minimize any potential gotcha's when running 1.x apps under 2.0 by telling
you what compatibility switches to use, and he mentions an important one related to exceptions
(by the way, great coverage of exceptions).
It's a very thorough treatment of 2.0. Covers all of the important topics and more, of the DotNet framework.
It would be useless to continue with more here in this review, because it's a given that you need to have all of the quality books concerning a particular language or framework if you plan on mastering it, so no more need to be said.
For starters, there are plenty of typos and grammatical mistakes. Apparently, the author does not believe in using commas, making it very difficult to decipher what he wants to say. But that is just a minor annoyance compared to other misgivings.
Throughout the whole book the author will use concepts from topics he had not yet discussed saying he will cover them later. He does attempt to cover them later but by then the meaning of the previous discussion is lost. He provides only cursory explanation of complex topics yet goes into gory detail on topics that are obvious to most people. For example, he devotes a huge section of one chapter to explaining sting member methods that are obvious to most from IntelliSense. There are very few examples. I was able to complete this book only because I had previously read Richter's "CLR via C#". I did learn a few things, just not sure if my time was well spent reading the whole book.
I have a very strong background in COM/COM+, C++, and VB. That helped tremendously in my understanding in the discussions on generics, delegates, interfaces, abstract classes, threading, etc.
This book would have gotten a 5-star from me if not for the minor spelling and grammatical errors. But hey, we're programmers not english teachers =)
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know .Net FrameWork either a beginner or experienced.
Note: Knowing framework well really helps to write good programming, rather than just knowing a language.
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