Introducing Microsoft® .NET (Pro-Developer) 3rd ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 0735619182
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David S. Platt runs Rolling Thunder Computing (http://www.rollthunder.com), an education and consulting practice. He is the author of six previous books, including Understanding COM+, published by Microsoft Press, and is a frequent contributor to MSDN®, the Microsoft Developer Network. David lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his wife, Linda, and his daughters.

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  • Series: Pro-Developer
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 3rd ed. edition (July 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735619182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735619180
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By gbworld@comcast.net on May 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a programmer, I get a lot of books, esp. when looking at new technologies, like .NET. From my viewpoint, right on the bleeding edge, this book is a bit too simplistic. If you have been working with .NET since the PDC beta, this is probably not the book for you either.
Now, before you step away, let's put this in context. Mr. Platt has not written a book for those of us who have been on the bleeding edge of this technology for the past year (well, almost). This book, instead, is written to give a good overview of .NET for those who are just starting out.
Who is this book for? This book is aimed for anyone who wants a 20,000 foot view of the .NET Framework. While there are code samples, this is not designed to be a tutorial as much as an overview.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a nice overview. As much of the information in the book is overview, most of this one, unlike the MSDN books recently released, will still be applicable in a few weeks. Looking at the MSPress site lately, even Microsoft is embarassed at the MSDN books, as even an ISBN number will not pull up the books.
Unfortunately, even some of the info in this book may change before the gold release of .NET. One good sign, is the fact that the author points out which sections are likely to change. This type of honesty is unusual in the seemingly cutthroat business of computer book publishing.
Summary: This book is definitely a beginner's book. If you are already developing .NET applications (playing with .NET), you will not find a great deal of new information. If you are looking for a developer's book, pass on as well. If you would like to know more about what .NET is, however, this is a good choice.
My Rating: I feel this book is a 4 in context with the audience it is aimed for.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Oleg M on July 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
For those of you who are still afraid to admit that .NET is here to stay - fear no more - David Platt's "Introducing Microsoft .NET" can help you pick up with Microsoft's latest invention.
The four core chapters of the book - ".NET Object", "ASP.NET", ".NET Web Services" and "Windows Forms" give an overview of what each technology is and how you can put it to work right away. Each chapter talks about the "Problem Background", technology's "Solution Architecture" and always gives a "Simplest Example" - an ideal construct. The author then elaborates on the major particularities of each technology and explains how they all tie together. Written with no bias towards any part of .NET, after finishing this book you'll have a fair idea on which topic you want to read more. The generous 2" wide margins are full with conclusions and bookmarks (of the kind "The sample starts here", etc) to ease your search through the book. Frequent diagrams, screenshots as well as notes and warnings (on a gray background) add to the readability of this book.
The majority of the samples are in Visual Basic .NET and however much this may displease the C++/C# fans, let's admit it - this makes the samples just a few lines long, they fit nicely on one page and they reduce the size and weight of the book by a whole lot. The author has only included the relevant pieces of code in the book, leaving the rest for you to download from his website. If you ever read a book on Win32 with declaration of the same "WinMain" and "WinProc" on every fifth page then you'll find this simplification very useful.
You can familiarize yourself with the style of the book by downloading the source code and a chapter on ADO.NET from [...] Reading this chapter will give you an idea of where the book is headed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "bbvegas" on September 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
The title on the book says it all. If you have read MSDN or Technet, or much on the .NET Framework, then you are not the intended audience. If, on the other hand, you are a technical person either tasked with having to jump into .NET or tasked with evaluating a potential move to .NET, then this is a great book for you.
I read this book cover to cover, which is usually hard to do with a technical manual. Scott livened up otherwise mondane technical prose with insight, background/history, and even pot-shots at Microsoft themselves. Scott gives you an objective look at .NET for or against MS. His style exposes you to industry problems that .NET was designed to address countered by what .NET actually does (many times in agreement with each other).
At the end of the book I had a thorough understanding of what I needed to learn, and in what order, to be productive in the .NET paradigm. In many ways the book adequately prepared me to be productive now while I chose what avenue to take to gain more in-depth understanding of any given .NET topic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lauria on June 8, 2004
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From the foreword: "a high level and easy to understand overview of a subject with some code...funny to read and very informative, with lots of interesting code...about teaching you the mindset of .NET."
As a hobbyist/beginner programmer I found Platt's book very interesting and very easy to read.
One question I've had is just what is this '.NET thing' and what does it hold for the future of computer usage/programming?
.NET has been for me an elusive something that even Microsoft seems to have difficulty defining in an easy and succinct way.
Platt has provided just that, an entertaining and informative overview of the .NET mindset. He provides an introduction to .NET objects and the good code needed to run on various platforms and solution architecture, IL and JIT and .NET Namespaces, OOP features and memory management.
ASP.NET pages, web controls, and secuirty. .NET Web services--writing web service clients and the WSDL file. Windows forms--controls and events, hosting ActiveX controls are all looked at in easy to understand--hey that makes sense to me!-- language.
Platt uses a problem background--what problems does MS.NET solve? and solution architecture with simplest example method of exploring the 5 topics covered. He covers a single topic from the top down in each chapter, starting simpler and then progressing into greater technical detail with a minimum of jargon and a maximum of wit. Platt uses many detailed diagrams and analogies and clear explanations along with code samples--written in VB.NET--more samples are provided on the book's web site.
When I finished this 200 page easy to read book I learned enough about this development platform to understand a little better the future of software as a service and what this '.NET thing' is.
Let me recommend this book as an excellent introduction to the 'mystery' of what .Net is all about.
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