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Programming C# 5.0: Building Windows 8, Web, and Desktop Applications for the .NET 4.5 Framework

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After a dozen years of incremental changes, C# has become one of the most versatile programming languages available. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn just how powerful the combination of C# 5.0 and .NET 4.5 can be. Author Ian Griffiths guides you through C# 5.0 fundamentals and teaches you techniques for building web and desktop applications, including Windows 8-style apps.

Completely rewritten for experienced programmers, this book provides many code examples to help you work with the nuts and bolts of C# code, such as generics, dynamic typing, and the new asynchronous programming features. You’ll also get up to speed on XAML, ASP.NET, LINQ, and other .NET tools.

  • Discover how C# supports fundamental coding features such as classes, other custom types, collections, and error handling
  • Understand the differences between dynamic and static typing in C#
  • Query and process diverse data sources such as in-memory object models, databases, and XML documents with LINQ
  • Use .NET’s multithreading features to exploit your computer’s parallel processing capabilities
  • Learn how the new asynchronous language features can help improve application responsiveness and scalability
  • Use XAML to create Windows 8-style, phone, and classic desktop applications

This book shares much of its content with 'Learning C#' by the same author (whole paragraphs are lifted) and it really is another introductory text, pitched to an only slightly more advanced audience than its counterpart. Be prepared for over-long examples, patronising "this is what programmers call a...", tedious explanations of the simplest things, with important and useful info crowded-out by stuff you already know if you've not been buried under a rock for the last 10 years.


Any book by this author is well worth your money, GET THIS ONE!!

Callum - over 1 year ago
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C# in Depth, 3rd Edition

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C# in Depth, Third Edition updates the best-selling second edition to cover the new features of C# 5, including the challenges of writing maintainable asynchronous code. It preserves the uniquely insightful look into the tricky areas and dusty corners of C# that only expert Jon Skeet can provide.

About this Book

If you're a .NET developer, you'll use C# whether you're building an advanced enterprise application or just slamming out a quick app. In C# 5, you can do amazing things with generics, lambda expressions, dynamic typing, LINQ, iterator blocks, and other features. But first you have to learn it in depth.

C# in Depth, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to cover the new features of C# 5, including the subtleties of writing maintainable asynchronous code. You'll see the power of C# in action, learning how to work with high-value features that you'll be glad to have in your toolkit. And you'll learn to avoid hidden pitfalls of C# programming with the help of crystal clear explanations of "behind the scenes" issues.

This book assumes you've digested your first C# book and are hungry for more!

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

What's Inside

  • Updated for C# 5
  • The new async/await feature
  • How C# works and why

About the Author

Jon Skeet is a Senior Software Engineer at Google, and a highly visible participant of newsgroups, user groups, international conferences, and the Stack Overflow Q&A site. Jon spends much of his day coding in Java, but his heart belongs to C#.

Table of Contents

  1. The changing face of C# development
  2. Core foundations: building on C# 1
  4. Parameterized typing with generics
  5. Saying nothing with nullable types
  6. Fast-tracked delegates
  7. Implementing iterators the easy way
  8. Concluding C# 2: the final features
  10. Cutting fluff with a smart compiler
  11. Lambda expressions and expression trees
  12. Extension methods
  13. Query expressions and LINQ to Objects
  14. LINQ beyond collections
  16. Minor changes to simplify code
  17. Dynamic binding in a static language
  19. Asynchrony with async/await
  20. C# 5 bonus features and closing thoughts

The author's expertise in the language shines through and I found the book answering each and every question I had - usually in the next sentence. I found the section of generic and interface variance particularly useful as it's a topic I've tried to understand previously - but failed. I was slightly disappointed to find there was nothing on the Task Parallel Library but it's understandable given that it's part of the .Net library not the language itself.

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Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015

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Get started with Visual C# programming with this great beginner's guide

Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015 provides step-by-step directions for programming with C# in the .NET framework. Beginning with programming essentials, such as variables, flow control, and object-oriented programming, this authoritative text moves into more complicated topics, such as web and Windows programming and data access within both database and XML environments. After your introduction to each of the chapters, you are invited to apply your newfound knowledge in Try it Out sections, which reinforce learning and help you understand the practical applications of the new concepts you have explored. Through this approach, you can write useful programming code following each of the steps that you explore in this essential text.

  • Discover the basics of programming with C#, such as variables, expressions, flow control, and functions
  • Discuss how to keep your program running smoothly through debugging and error handling
  • Understand how to navigate your way through key programming elements, such as classes, class members, collections, comparisons, and conversions
  • Explore object-oriented programming, web programming, and Windows programming

Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015 is a fundamental resource for any programmers who are new to the C# language.