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The C# Programming Language (Covering C# 4.0) (4th Edition) Hardcover – Oct 31 2010
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From the Back Cover
“Based on my own experience, I can safely say that every .NET developer who reads this will have at least one ‘aha' moment and will be a better developer for it.
—From the Foreword by Don Box
Written by Anders Hejlsberg, the language's architect, and his colleagues, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde, this volume has been completely updated and reorganized for C# 4.0. The book provides the complete specification of the language, along with descriptions, reference materials, code samples, and annotations from nine prominent C# gurus.
The many annotations bring a depth and breadth of understanding rarely found in any programming book. As the main text of the book introduces the concepts of the C# language, cogent annotations explain why they are important, how they are used, how they relate to other languages, and even how they evolved.
This book is the definitive, must-have reference for any developer who wants to understand C#.
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About the Author
Anders Hejlsberg is a programming legend. He is the architect of the C# language and a Microsoft Technical Fellow. He joined Microsoft Corporation in 1996, following a thirteen-year career at Borland, where he was the chief architect of Delphi and Turbo Pascal.
Mads Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# language at Microsoft, where he runs the day-to-day language design process and maintains the language specification.
Scott Wiltamuth is Director of Program Management for the Visual Studio Professional team at Microsoft Corporation. At Microsoft, he has worked on a wide range of development tools, including OLE Automation, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript, JScript, Visual J++, and Visual C#.
Peter Golde was the lead developer of the original Microsoft C# compiler. As the primary Microsoft representative on the ECMA committee that standardized C#, he led the implementation of the compiler and worked on the language design. He is currently an architect at Microsoft working on compilers.
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I found two obvious errors in the first 50 pages:
p38: the classes Student and Employee should derive from Person.
p48: "Unfortunately, with the event keyword, Completed is just a public field of type delegate,
which can be stepped on by anyone who wants to"
which should read "..., without the event keyword...".
These might be minor details to an experienced reader, but for someone new to C#, it's very confusing.
What's more annoying is the lack of a place to submit errata so that new printings can correct these defects.
I thought about how vast the topic of collections and arrays is. Hejlsberg et. al. provide only an 8 page chapter on "Arrays" which hits some of the high points but to me was mostly fluff. Nothing on collections, nothing on what types and categories of collections exist by function, or even by name. There is a similar chapter on Delegates.