Wrox's Visual C# 2005 Express Edition Starter Kit Paperback – Feb 13 2006
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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. :)
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!