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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Feb. 13 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764589555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764589553
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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From the Back Cover

First, Barker explains how to install Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, which is included on the accompanying CD-ROM, and walks you through programming basics. You'll then learn how to build user interface elements in order to develop applications using Windows Forms. And you'll find out how to use data in your applications as you examine database concepts, data controls, SQL Server Express Edition features, and ADO.NET.

This starter kit provides you with all the tools you'll need to write your own programs in Visual C# 2005 Express Edition. It will help you quickly gain the skills to begin using C# so that you can produce software applications that have no limits.

What you will learn from this book

  • The basics of programming in the Windows® environment
  • How to take advantage of the visual tools within Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Ways to test and debug your applications so they run smoothly
  • Techniques for working with ADO.NET classes
  • Tips for incorporating SQL Server Express Edition features into your applications
  • How to develop applications with Visual C# 2005 Express Edition using Windows Forms with Web Services and various useful controls including RichText and Web Browser

Who this book is for

This book is for first time programmers who want an easy way to delve into the exciting features of Visual C# 2005 Express Edition and begin creating their own customized applications.

Wrox Visual C# 2005 Express Edition Starter Kit gives you the software tools you need to get started. It also provides structured tutorials that walk you through all the techniques you need to begin programming right away. The accompanying CD-ROM includes Visual C# 2005 Express Edition.

About the Author

F. Scott Barker has worked as a developer in the database field for over 16 years, and with Visual Basic, SQL Server, and Microsoft Access for the last 14 years. Scott is a Microsoft MVP and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Scott worked at Microsoft for two years as a member of the Microsoft Access and FoxPro teams. After leaving Microsoft, he started his own company, Applications Plus, and continued to consult for them by developing in-house tools. Scott has trained for Application Developers Training Company and throughout the United States, and is a frequent speaker at Microsoft Conferences in the United States, Canada, South Asia, and Europe. Through his classes and conferences, Scott has trained thousands of developers. Scott is a writer for a number of Microsoft Technical magazines, as well as a columnist for DotNetJunkies, and is the author of a number of books including topics such as ADO. NET, Visual Basic .NET, and InfoPath 2003.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1046348) out of 5 stars Decent... if you're already a programmer March 8 2006
By Adam Clotfelter - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is rife with errors. Many screenshots in the first half do not match their descriptions, and grammatical issues abound. This book purports to be a guide for first-time programmers, but I believe that the glossed-over explanations would confuse a first-time developer. I have a background in PHP and Java, and mainly wanted this as a beginner's guide to Visual Studio Express. In that capacity, this is a decent book. If you have a similar background to my own, you will find C# extremely easy to learn, and this book's problems will not hold you back. The second edition of this book will likely fix the errors present in this edition, and at that time, I might recommend this book. However, in it's present state it's hard to drop twenty bucks on such a frustrating volume.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa104639c) out of 5 stars Has potential, but not polished April 1 2006
By SLW - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is written at a level appropriate for someone with a little previous experience programming in other languages. Although it is positioned as useful for a complete novice, it makes too many assumptions about the reader's understanding of programming concepts and vocabulary to really serve as a starting point for a first time programmer. Also, the many innaccurate figure references, typos, grammatical errors, mismatches between figures and the text describing them, etc., fail to inspire the confidence that someone new to programming would hope for when purchaing a book of this type. This is a shame, because the concept is a good one. A little more attention to editing would have gone a long way to making this a very good book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10467d4) out of 5 stars I wish I started programming with this book Aug. 26 2006
By Web.Terrestrial - Published on
Format: Paperback
The times for programming are so much more friendly to new comers. This book is wonderfully easy to ready, and beginner friendly. You don't feel like you're reading a textbook.

I like that this book is so thin. It really didn't take long to get through this (perhaps because i've programmed already). it also covers using the tools to connect to SQL Server Express. But what's even cooler is that it demonstrates how to connect to web services.

You also get the basics of the C# language. Which for C++ folks will be like sailing on a sunny day. But for new comers, will be straight forward.

It's so easy. If students completely new to programming want a place to start (and want to program on Windows), get this book, it comes with Visual C# Express 2005 and SQL Server Express 2005 (so no high speed internet connection needed).

Plus the author looks like a cool biker dude. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1046b94) out of 5 stars Good primer, but poorly edited May 21 2006
By Robert G. Forsythe - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a good starting point if you're new to C#. I have to agree with Glenn's review (above) as this book is very poorly edited and contains numerous errors. It's not hard to figure out what they are trying to say, but it's annoying nonetheless. I'll think twice before I buy another Wrox book.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1046c78) out of 5 stars halfway done with it as of today! Feb. 15 2006
By Jeff Lewis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just received this book yesterday (I pre-ordered it in August, 2005) and am halfway done with it as of today. I must say, that this book is a definite must for beginner hobbyists in the C# world.

The book had a great layout, explains things clearly, is extremely easy to read and overall is very well put together. Given the hurried release of the book, and it being a first edition, there are a few grammatical & spelling errors, but those are easily submitted at Wrox's website for review. So far I have not found any errors in the code unlike other books I have read.

I decided to get this book because I regularly visit Coding4Fun ([...]) which for those of you not familiar, is a hobbyist programming site put together by a select few at Microsoft. I know that Dan Fernandez, one of the Coding4Fun authors, who I believe is still Lead Product Manager for Visual Studio Express helped Scott out while writing this book. I figured that this book, along with the Coding4Fun website, would be a great addition to my bookshelf.

The main theme of the book ties very well into what hobbysist and beginner programmers are all about. Starting small and simple and working your way up. The author makes use of the starter kits included with Visual Studio Express very well.

Keep up the good work!