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More Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C# Paperback – October 17, 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321485890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321485892
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Shining a bright light into many of the dark corners of C# 3.0, this book not only covers the ‘how,’ but also the ‘why,’ arming the reader with many field-tested methods for wringing the most from the new language features, such as LINQ, generics, and multithreading. If you are serious about developing with the C# language, you need this book.”

—Bill Craun, Principal Consultant, Ambassador Solutions, Inc.

 

More Effective C# is an opportunity to work beside Bill Wagner. Bill leverages his knowledge of C# and distills his expertise down to some very real advice about programming and designing applications that every serious Visual C# user should know. More Effective C# is one of those rare books that doesn’t just regurgitate syntax, but teaches you how to use the C# language.”

—Peter Ritchie, Microsoft MVP: Visual C#

 

More Effective C# is a great follow-up to Bill Wagner’s previous book. The extensive

C# 3.0 and LINQ coverage is extremely timely!”

—Tomas Restrepo, Microsoft MVP: Visual C++, .NET, and Biztalk Server

 

“As one of the current designers of C#, it is rare that I learn something new about the language by reading a book. More Effective C# is a notable exception. Gently blending concrete code and deep insights, Bill Wagner frequently makes me look at C# in a fresh light—one that really makes it shine. More Effective C# is at the surface a collection of very useful guidelines. Look again. As you read through it, you’ll find that you acquire more than just the individual pieces of advice; gradually you’ll pick up on an approach to programming in C# that is thoughtful, beautiful, and deeply pleasant. While you can make your way willy-nilly through the individual guidelines, I do recommend reading the whole book—or at least not skipping over the chapter introductions before you dive into specific nuggets of advice. There’s perspective and insight to be found there that in itself can be an important guide and inspiration for your future adventures in C#.”

—Mads Torgersen, Program Manager, Visual C#, Microsoft

 

“Bill Wagner has written an excellent book outlining the best practices for developers who work with the C# language. By authoring More Effective C#, he has again established himself as one of the most important voices in the C# community. Many of us already know how to use C#. What we need is advice on how to hone our skills so that we can become wiser programmers. There is no more sophisticated source of information on how to become a first-class C# developer than Bill Wagner’s book. Bill is intelligent, thoughtful, experienced, and skillful. By applying the lessons from this book to your own code, you will find many ways to polish and improve the work that you produce.”

—Charlie Calvert, Community Program Manager, Visual C#, Microsoft

About the Author

Bill Wagner, cofounder of SRT Solutions, has developed commercial software for more than twenty years and led design for many successful engineering and enterprise Microsoft Windows products. He has been a Microsoft Regional Director since 2003 and a Microsoft MVP for C# since 2005. Wagner consults routinely with the C# team on new features for forthcoming versions of C#. He has a regular column in Visual Studio Magazine and speaks frequently at conferences and user groups. His tutorials and advanced essays have appeared in MSDN Magazine, MSDN Online, .NET Insight, .NET DJ, and the MSDN C# Team Developer Center. Wagner is also the author of the best-selling Effective C# (Addison-Wesley, 2005).


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Bill has spent his entire career in the software industry, spanning both technical and business roles. He spent eight years as a self-employed consultant before co-founding SRT Solutions with Dianne Marsh. Over the past decade they've grown SRT Solutions into a premier software development company, amassing 4 FastTrack awards (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007), the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award (2011), and making the Inc 500/5000 list (2011 and 2012). Bill was also awarded Automation Alley's Emerging Technology Leader award in 2011.

His technical time is spent between curly braces, primarily with C#. He's the author of the best selling "Effective C#", now in its second edition, and "More Effective C#". His articles have appeared in MSDN Magazine, the C# Developer Center, Visual C++ Developer's Journal, Visual Studio Magazine, ASP.NET Pro, .NET Developer's Journal and more. He's written hundreds of technical articles for software developers. He actively blogs about technical and business topics. Bill is also a regional director for Microsoft.

In addition to his business and technical accomplishments, Bill is an active community participant. He volunteers as a math tutor for the Manchester, Mich. schools, where he works to inspire high schoolers to consider a technical career.

He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Bill Wagner's book of wonders reveals it all.
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Bill's writing style is consistent(as always) and he explains advanced concepts in a easy to follow manner.
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I recommend it to anyone that wants to improve their C# skills.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Ashley on January 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been waiting on this book for ages. Mr. Wagner's original "Effective C#" was a revelation to me. He raised questions I never thought to ask myself about why we do things certain ways in C# rather than others, and then provided insights into what the stakes were. Reading "Effective C#" basically taught me to take programming seriously. I learned to always question my own decisions and to look for better ways to do what I already knew how to do moderately well.

The only shortcoming of "Effective C#" was that it was written for the 1.1 framework, and new editions were never forthcoming. I assumed that Mr. Wagner was spending all these intervening silent years updating his original book.

With "More Effective C#" however, we actually get something quite different. Of course, there are plenty of chapters detailing the post-1.1 features of the C# language, and these are extremely valuable. For instance, the first chapter in this new book is a fresh take on generics, which I found quite interesting. The real differences become apparent in the subsequent chapters, however.

Whereas the original book was a sort of guide for the perplexed, teaching developers to think in new ways, I think of "More Effective C#" as a book of party tricks for programmers. Mr. Wagner already dealt with the fundamental problems of C# programming in his original book, and a rehash of that, while fascinating, would have provided little new.

With this sequel, the author instead moves from principles to possibilities. He stretches and extends our minds with the possibilities that the much more powerful C# 3.0 language offers us as programmers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Holmes on November 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
"More Effective C#" continues in the same style as Bill's first book, "Effective C#": short, concise articles around a specific topic you'll need to pay attention to when figuring out how to write the best C# code you possibly can.

Bill starts off with a deep dive into Generics and some of the many subtleties you need to consider. He points out things like considering how you write generic code in base classes, genericized algorithms, and working with generic interfaces. Bill moves through other broad categories including LINQ, C# Design, and enhancements in the 3.0 release of C#. There's also a great section on multithreading in C# which hits some great points in this very arcane but critical aspect of development.

This book definitely isn't a tutorial on C#, but I'd say that it's critical for all devs, regardless of experience, to read through. I'd also say, although Bill will likely disagree with me, that many of the tenets he puts forth can apply to folks working in other languages on the .NET platform. Even VB devs can learn some high-level concepts from reading through this book.

I can't recommend this book enough. It's right alongside Jon Skeet's "C# in Depth" and Bill's "Effective C#".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Forte on January 2, 2009
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Anyone who is writing C# on a daily basis has to read this book. In 50 very easy to read short modules, Bill shows you how to improve your C# code. I have been coding with C# since 2002 and I learned many new techniques about Generics and the new language features from 3.0. With LINQ, I *finally* know why an implicitly typed local variable is better and the implications of not using IQueryable. A wealth of knowledge. After you read your C# 101 books, read this one next! It will make you a better developer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filip Zamec on September 30, 2009
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As said before, this book isn't for begginers, this book isn't meant to be your first book in C# arena. But I think intermediate level of C# is enough to fully understand what's going on here. It's a must have for API designers and highly recommended for those who want to empower their skills of C#. The book covers topics like generics, threads, LINQ, magic yield keyword etc. Eg. it gives you some hint in uncertain situations where to use inheritance, composition, interfaces, delegates combined with generics and why.
This book reveals great tips, that you will use in your daily programming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alexander on October 19, 2008
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I really found Bill's previous book (Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C# (Effective Software Development Series)) very useful. I've recommended in many classes I've taught and also to clients while consulting.

More Effective C# enhances the original with C# 3.0 and LINQ additions. Bottom line: If you want to be a serious developer that continually hones his (or her) craft, then you need this book. Bill has done an excellent job of taking his considerable development expertise and distilling it into very practical pointed advice. I cannot recommend this great book enough!
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By D. Rector on April 8, 2014
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I have the equivalent books for c++ and they are great. This, and the previous book in the Effective C# set, are repetitive and hard to read. It seems like I read a paragraph that describes something important, but by the end of it, I can't remember the important point. Then the next paragraph tells me the same thing in almost the same words. Some of the tips are great, but the writing wasn't a style that agreed with me.
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