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Microsoft Visual C# 2013 Step by Step (Step by Step Developer) Paperback – November 25, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0735681835 ISBN-10: 073568183X Edition: 1st

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step Developer
  • Paperback: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073568183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735681835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Very well written, informative and comprehensive.
Najeeb Anwer
Great introduction book for programmers, or someone who want to use it as a quick brief of the basics of C#.
Andrew Albers
I read the first chapter of both, and this book explained things much better with more examples.
Edward Brunton

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Matt West on December 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My Background: Prior to opening this book I'd written a few web applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I'd describe myself as an intermediate level JavaScript programmer. I had used the Visual Studio IDE for web development a couple of times. I had never written a program in C#.

This book is very straight forward and moves very quickly, which is exactly what I was looking for. Be ready to take notes and read with your laptop open because this is a "learn by doing" experience.

This is a no-frills text. It jumps right into learning C# and is - as the title suggests - step by step with each new step building on the last.

Full disclosure: I am only part-way through the book. I will come back and update my review if my opinion changes but from what I've done so far and from skimming the other sections, this is a great way for a person with some code experience to learn C# / VS 2013.

NOTE: In the first few pages of the book it says that it is not compatible with VS 2013 express. This is a big oversight in my mind, but in reality you can use VS 2013 express just not for the Windows Store Apps chapter. The work around for students is to use your college email address to sign on for Microsoft Dreamspark and get the full version of VS 2013 Professional for free. Alternately, you can get the 90 day free trial.

If it weren't for the incompatibility with Express, this would be a 5 star book. If you have VS 2013 Professional or if you are a college student, it IS a five star book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By penguinboy on April 11, 2014
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I'm an intermediate level programmer with no formal computer science education. When I started this book I had about 5 months on-the-job experience with Python, and a couple months with C#. This book gave me the foundation I needed to take full advantage of what C# has to offer. Every chapter is very clearly written, and teaches step by step, just like the title says.

I like to learn by doing, so I was glad that examples with sample data are included for every concept. First you learn the theory, then you try it out. For those days where I understand the gist of a topic and don't have time to do the examples, I can look at the finished code samples instead.

The writing is very clear, and the editing is clean. The author is concise, specific, and never wasteful. This book has been a tremendous help at my job, and the skills I've learned have allowed me to take on many new responsibilities.

That said, This probably isn't the best book for a first-time programmer. C# is not as intuitive as a language as Python or Ruby. However, if you have a little programming experience, and you really want to learn, this book is the first stop I'd recommend.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward Brunton on February 13, 2014
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I purchased this book and C# in a nutshell. I read the first chapter of both, and this book explained things much better with more examples. Having only minor experience in Visual Basic, C++, and HTML, the explanations are extremely helpful. The free examples online (provided by the book) are also very nice. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in programming (Windows store or desktop; it explains for both and works with Windows 7).

Quick heads up, this book is around 800 pages, so it isn't exactly light reading; it is comprehensive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor Gross on May 21, 2014
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I have a sql background and none in C#. The Sql background has helped somewhat in understand C#, but this book is no fluff and just like the title implies, step by step. I would definitely recommend this to a novice like me in it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LJ on July 14, 2014
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"Step by Step" is exactly the phrase to describe this approach -- a welcome incremental, not overly simplistic, clear and informative trainer for anyone new to C# or .NET while not totally new to programming; as the book introduction explicitly cites "developers...not completely new to programming". Working through the example code is almost necessary for someone like me, in order to get the full picture of some of the concepts in context, esp. if moving from a procedural coding paradigm to this objective oriented approach. A great knowledge builder for the syntax of the language.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P Tek on May 21, 2014
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Combined with the downloadable tutorials, this is an excellent introduction to VC# 2013. Got me up and running the same day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PermanentMarker on February 24, 2015
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This is single handedly the best programming book I have ever read. I have used multiple books in the past for VB.Net, VBA, PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript; none of them have matched this quality. This book is easy to understand, offers excellent reasoning for C# code choices, and so far is error free. I am casually going through this and have not found a single mistake through Chapter 5. Great book, Highly recommend.
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Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step is a great addition to any budding C# programmer's arsenal. If you have been programming in C# for years, it probably isn't useful but for an intermediate learner, someone who has experience with other Visual languages like Visual C++ or VB, this is a great way to learn.

You don't learn basic programming techniques. You aren't taught to comment (but you better be commenting your code! Please). The book jumps right into showing you the ropes, and does so in steps (thus the name!). By the time you finish the book you should have a pretty solid grasp of the language and techniques to write your apps/programs in C#.

I skipped the Windows Store chapter, as at this time I am not planning to release any of my messy code on the world. As another reviewer states, you cannot use VS 2013 Express with this chapter, but it will work otherwise, which is another reason you may skip this chapter as well. I have Dreamspark and VS 2013 Pro, yet I still skipped it at this time, though I will come back to it.

Highly recommended if you already have coding capability under your belt.
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