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Mastering Visual C# .NET Paperback – August 20, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0782129113 ISBN-10: 0782129110 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782129110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782129113
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Get Everything You Can Out of Visual C# and the .NET Framework

Mastering Visual C# .NET is the best resource for getting everything you can out of the new C# language and the .NET Framework. You’ll master C# language essentials, quickly taking advantage of the many improvements it offers over C++ and see tons of examples that show you all the ways that .NET can make your programming more efficient and your applications more powerful. You’ll learn how to create stand-alone applications, as well as build Windows, web, and database applications. You’ll even see how to develop web services—a technology that holds great promise for the future of distributed application.

Coverage includes:

  • Mastering the fundamentals and advanced aspects of the C# language
  • Using Visual Studio .NET for increased coding productivity and debugging
  • Creating distributed applications with remoting and web services
  • Understanding object-oriented concepts
  • Delivering data across the Internet with web services
  • Using XML to communicate with other applications
  • Accessing databases with ADO.NET
  • Building Windows applications
  • Creating web applications using ASP.NET
  • Reading and writing data from/to files or the Internet
  • Using advanced data structures to store and manipulate information
  • Using multi-threading for greater application efficiency
  • Using reflection to manipulate running code
  • Building distributed applications with remoting and web services
  • Securing code and authenticating users
  • Using built-in encryption facilities
  • Making your applications world-ready
  • Parsing strings with regular expressions
  • Using delegates to handle runtime events
  • Programming defensively with exception handling

About the Author

Jason Price is an independent consultant and writer, and is both a Microsoft Certified Professional and an Oracle Certified Professional. Jason has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry, and he has extensive experience with C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author of Oracle 9i JDBC Programming and Java Programming with Oracle SQLJ.

Mike Gunderloy is an independent consultant who has worked with Microsoft data access and web technologies for more than a decade. He is the author of ADO and ADO.NET Programming, and coauthor of .NET E-Commerce Programming and the best-selling Access 2002 Developer's Handbook series, all from Sybex.


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Customer Reviews

That is a very good book to learn C#.
ENVER MEHMET
The examples are a bit simple but they teach the concepts very well and there are more complex topics as you progress.
Christopher Tambos
This is by far the best book on C# I've seen.
Kevin Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig Lang on November 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read through this book at the local bookstore and then bought it online. I agree with the other reviewers: this book is simply the best one around.
There are so many books on C# now, but a few really shine as being great. This book is one of them.
I liked this book because it can be used as both a user guide to learn C# _and_ as a reference book to C# and .NET. No other book even comes close to that goal, and the authors have done a really great job.
Another great thing about this book is that it can be used by beginners and advanced users, so if you don't know C# you can learn everything you need from this book. Even if you don't know programming, this book is written in a style that you can understand - all without talking down to the reader.
There are also topics covered in this book not covered in any other book - such as security and other advanced topics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2003
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Update (4/6/2003): I feel it's important to modify my rating and approval of the book relative to some of the additional texts I've since read. I also applied an edit to correct a misunderstanding on my part and added some additional material. I still agree with most of my original thoughts on the book, but feel the book isn't thorough enough to be called "Mastering." I've since discovered the Applications Development in .Net books by Robert Oberg and crew (they have a very nice line of introductory and intermediate/advanced texts for both C# and VB.Net from Prentice Hall), and feel these books are superior in explaining the languages and their overall context in the .Net world. They also have somewhat more useful examples. The Price and Gunderloy book is still decent, and I still hold by my audience recommendations, but I feel an overall score of 2.5 to 3 stars is more appropriate.
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This book is reasonably well written and easy to read. It's a decent overview of both the C# language and .Net, so it's a good first book for programmers trying to understand these new technologies, but I'm not so sure I would recommend it to pure programming beginners.
As one review stated there are cases where some important concepts are not as thoroughly covered as they could be. There are also some inconsistencies and small lapses that shouldn't hurt experienced programmers, but may confuse novices. An example is the case where they discuss the difference between using the 'override' and 'new' keywords with methods; they give a good general explanation, but mention that there are exceptions. They do not, however, identify the exceptions, and this may leave more curious and experienced developers hanging.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rupesh Verma on December 14, 2004
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If you are familiar with OOP/C++/Java and want to pick up main C# concepts in a hurry, get this book. Although I did read Tom Archer's "Inside C#" before this one, and some tutorials on the net, I think this book deserves to be the first C# book for a beginner or an intermediate programmer. It has a decent aggregation & coherent explanantions of all the major C# topics and uses Visual Studio.NET IDE in its examples (which I think is really important for a C# book). One minor drawback is that some important topics(like Web Services and .NET Remoting) are given just a cursory treatment. But I guess, such vast topics merit devoted books just for those. Beware however, I came across 2 critical bugs - Ch 12, first page it says method signature is composed of method name,return type and parameter list (actually its just the parameter list and method name) and on page 794, chapter on ADO.NET it says to use Fill method on DataSet object to synchronize changes made to the DataSet with Database(in reality you should use Update method). It even gives an introduction to ASP.NET and ADO.NET but you have to look for other sources to learn those technologies well.

Overall, its a good book to invest your money and time in.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Jones on September 19, 2002
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This is by far the best book on C# I've seen. I'm an intermediate programmer experienced with C++ and Java. I found the style of the book easy to follow. One of the things I really liked was that the book acts as both a guide and a reference to supplement the Microsoft Online reference material.
Part 1 of the book covers the details of the C# language, such as using variables and objects, baic C# programs, and compiling and running programs.
Part 2 goes into the advanced aspects of C# and .NET, like thread programming, assemblies, security, remoting, and so on.
Part 3 dives into .NET programming, such as ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Windows application programming, and building web services.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Tambos on November 17, 2003
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I read these reviews to decide on my books, but I also spend time reading each book a bit in the book store before my purchases. As a manager of c# programmers that had little OO exprience I thought this book was excellent. The OO chapter did an excellent job explaining the concepts. The Interface chapter made this topic simple while my other books just confused me. The examples are a bit simple but they teach the concepts very well and there are more complex topics as you progress. I thought this was an excellent beginner and intermediate book, and believe me I am very particular, I spend a lot of time selecting books.
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