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Head First C# 1st Edition

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A Learner's Guide to Real-World Programming with Visual C# and .NET

About the Author

Jennifer Greene studied philosophy in college but, like everyone else in the field, couldn't find a job doing it. Luckily, she's a great software tester, so she started out doing it at an online service, and that's the first time she got a good sense of what project management was. She moved to New York in 1998 to test software at a financial software company. She managed a team of testers at a really cool startup that did artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since then, she's managed large teams of programmers, testers, designers, architects, and other engineers on lots of projects, and she's done a whole bunch of procurement management. She loves traveling, watching Bollywood movies, drinking carloads of carbonated beverages, and owing a whippet. For more information about Jennifer, Andrew Stellman, and their books, visit


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Product Details

  • Series: Head First
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514822
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Corey White on July 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Head First C# was my first experience with the Head First series, although I have since also purchased the excellent Head First Design Patterns (Head First).

This book is designed to teach you C# from the beginning. Technical books can generally be categorized as either tutorials or reference texts -- and this is absolutely in the tutorial category. It's intended to be read and worked through in order, from start to finish. If you already know C# and are looking for a reference text, look elsewhere. If you're an experienced C++ programmer looking to learn C# but are already very familiar with object oriented programming, consider checking out the excellent and concise Accelerated C# 2008 (Accelerated). If you're an experienced C# programmer and just want to learn the advanced features of C#2 and C#3, you'll again want to look elsewhere, and you couldn't do better than C# in Depth: What you need to master C# 2 and 3.

But if you want to *learn* C# and object-oriented programming, and especially if you have little or no prior programming experience, look no further than this fantastic book. If you're reading reviews of the book, then you probably know two things: it has an unusual style and some quirky humor, and it has a bit more than it's fair share of errors. These two things are true, but there's a lot more about the book that you should know, and that's mostly what I want to talk about in this review. Before I move on, though, let me say two things.
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146 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Art on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
As an experienced programmer, I've found this book to be very good at getting me "up and running" and writing my own C# code (I'm about 1/3 of the way through).

However, the book is clearly intended to be appropriate for less experienced programmers as well, and I think it would be very confusing for someone who didn't already have a fair amount of programming experience.

Specifically there are a lot of typos and errors in this book which would, I think, make it very difficult for a beginner to know whether they're doing the right thing or not. In a lot of cases, I find it difficult to tell what I'm supposed to be doing in a given case because, for example, I'll be told to create a particular field or method for an object, and then I won't be told (directly or indirectly) what I'm supposed to use it for. Then, in the exercise "solution", I will see what the field is used for, but that functional requirement was never stated as part of the exercise description.

Sometimes the reader will be told to create a particular field or method as "private" and then, two pages later, the solution will show it as a "public" field. As an experienced programmer, I can usually guess that the book has made an error in a case like this, but I could easily see a beginner wasting a lot of time due to errors like this in the book.

Here are the specific errors I've found just today:

Page 265:
The "Sharpen Your Pencil" exercise shows a line that states:
Bees[6] = Bees[2];
But the solution shows it as
Bees[6] = Bees[0];
Which makes it impossible for the reader to come up with the correct solution.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on February 19, 2008
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The one thing that most (nearly all) technical books have in common is that they are B-O-R-I-N-G. While this works for many people looking to just get to the meat and potatoes content, if a newbie or beginner wants to be able to LEARN from a book they are at a loss.

That's where the 'Head First' line of books comes in to play.

If you have never read a Head First book you are in for a treat when you sit down and start reading. Nowhere in a HF book will you be bored as these books aren't looking to just teach, but teach in a FUN, interesting way. It's tough to explain a HF book other than it's an experience in itself. Filled with a design, content, and writing that jumps out at you, these books are looking to get you excited to turn to the next page and/or chapter and want to keep reading.

I think that the C# Head First book is one of the best I have had the pleasure to read. With over 700 pages of content spread over 15 chapters, this is a wonderful book for newbies that want to get coding right away. Filled with all the stuff that you would expect from such a book: basic programming constructs and declarations, object oriented discussion, file IO, exception handling, delegates, and even the newest M$ technology LINQ!!

If you are new to using C# and want to learn in my opinion possibly the best way possible, pick up this book FIRST and use all other guides as references. If you want boring books that are full of drab info and light on the enjoyment, this isn't for you (highly unlikely).

A pleasure to read and easy to learn from, this is one great book on C#.

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