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Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Step by Step Paperback – December 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0735624306 ISBN-10: 0735624305 Edition: PAP/CDR

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; PAP/CDR edition (December 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735624305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735624306
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Sharp is a principal technologist at Content Master, part of CM Group Ltd, a technical authoring and consulting company. An expert on developing applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework and interoperability issues, John has produced numerous tutorials, white papers, and presentations on distributed systems, Web services, and the C# language. He is the author of several popular books, including Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step and Microsoft Visual C# Step By Step.


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John Sharp gained an honors degree in Computing from Imperial College, London. He has been developing software and writing training courses, guides, and books for over 25 years. John has experience in a wide range of technologies, from database systems and UNIX through to C, C++ and C# applications for the .NET Framework, together with Java and JavaScript development. He has authored several books for Microsoft Press, including six editions of C# Step By Step, two editions of Windows Communication Foundation Step By Step, and the J# Core Reference.

John also writes for the Patterns and Practices group within Microsoft, and has helped to develop several guides covering a variety of areas, including Windows Azure, software development, and data access.

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This is one of the better tech books I have read.
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I highly recommend this book if you are new to C# and want to learn at a rapid pace.
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I found the book and the exercises very easy to follow and easy to understand.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. on March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book because I wanted to learn Visual Studio 2008 and C# at the same time. It has certainly done the trick. I am currently at page 449, and I am amazed at how much information John Sharp has put in book. Even more amazing is that his teaching technique of a brief overview, and explaining while doing examples is surprisingly effective. If you are a Pro Developer familiar with C++ or java, then this book is probably not going to teach you anything interesting till part 4. I am very please and recommend to any novice who wants to learn.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Beecher on January 19, 2008
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After trying to pickup programming again several times (after not doing well in the few undergrad classes I took years ago), I've just completed the rough-design/implementation of my first c# application after reading through 9 chapters in this book.

John Sharp's book is laid out in fairly concise chapters, dealing with two or three concepts at a time. The text is clearly written, and has been fairly easy for me to understand.

The only exception (and the reason for 4/5) was the discussion of private data structures in objects. He stated that the this data is available to the class, but only implied that meant every instantiation of the class can access any other instantiation's private data. A friend who's a programmer clarified the matter, and made it sound like I was misreading it, but for a "beginners guide," I think such a point should be spelt out a bit better.

Great book: well laid out, easy to read, great examples (in the book and the code is on the CD).
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Philo Bedo on February 25, 2008
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This book is definately geared for beginners with no programming experience, which is fine. There are a few typo's but nothing to panic about. More importantly, there is little to keep you entertained and motivated to read it. An example, of the dryness is on page 241: Interface Restrictions...a bunch of "You-can-do-this-but-not thats". I am sure they are important points, but I think they are misplaced or better learned as you go along with each thing. I'm reading it and thinking "oh yeah, I'm going to remember all that." Nevertheless, if you can persist through the book, you will learn a lot and have a good foundation. But I recommend you buy "Head First C#" instead of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Here I Am on July 12, 2008
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And I don't just mean a person whose last name is Sharp! :-) Although each chapter is ostensibly about some particular C# programming construct, a reader would learn more than just C# syntax from this book. By the time one finishes reading this book, one would also have learned enough about useful .Net frameworks such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and LINQ. Kudos to the author for pulling this off!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Fischman on April 6, 2008
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unlike most books that may seem more entertaining-- this book makes you use c# for the common tasks you actually will be doing. The plan is that you program along with the author and learn "step by step" how to build many different essential programming building blocks using different net features. The section on wpf programming is wonderful'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smudgedlens on January 3, 2009
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This is one of the better tech books I have read. Very concise, easy to follow, logically assembled, and progresses at a reasonable rate. If you are new to C#, then I highly recommend this book. If you are new to ASP.NET and are thinking about using C#, then I would also recommend this book.

After laying the foundations of programming and introducing the standard lexicon, the book then delves deeper into the features of C#. The chapters are grouped together in a way that provides several starting points depending on your level of programming experience. Finally, the reader is introduced to databinding and working with databases (including LINQ), then finally web development with ASP.NET. Talk about comprehensive. This is a superb starting point if you are new to C#, or even programming in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Livingston on December 15, 2008
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I'm learning C# and Visual Studio 2008. I have limited (circa 1992) C programming experience, so I wanted to jump back in and see what C# was all about.

This is a good book for beginners, yet is is very comprehensive. The book sometimes requires significant focus, but I'm not reading it for entertainment. I'm reading it to learn C#.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CameronR on June 21, 2009
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I am an experienced procedural programmer who recently had to build a moderately complex application fast with C#. So I wanted a book that explained the basics clearly, yet wasn't trying to 'dumb' it down.

OO concepts such as inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism et al are new to me and I have found texts vary in how clearly they explain these concepts.

When I was looking at this book, I compared it to texts from publishers including SAMS, Dummies & O'Reilly (including Head First). I chose this guide because it explains things clearly and concisely for people who are new to C# but who are not new to programming. It also uses simple, easy to understand examples to demonstrate the concepts, yet it is not so basic as to be useless once you have obtained fundamental experience (as I found some '24 hour' type guides to be). The layout and use of white space on the page doesnt clutter my brain when I flick through, unlike some guides which seem to have so much info on each page in different formats you cant readily get a feel for whats important on that page.

However, it is not a 'cook book' type manual. Nor do I think it will help someone who needs to implement an advanced concept, but to be fair, its not trying to be an advanced text. It is literally, a step by step tutorial type manual. Yet each chapter is quite well contained, so I dont think you have to work through each chapter in strict sequence.
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