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ISBN-13: 978-1590595480 ISBN-10: 1590595483 Edition: 2006th

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About the Author

Mark Mamone is a program lead and solutions architect for British Telecom, and has been involved in .NET since Beta 1. He's presently spearheading a Mono-driven project for BT. Mamone has co-authored several books, including Beginning Fedora 2, Beginning Red Hat Linux 9, and Professional Windows Forms.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2006 edition (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595480
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hisham Mardam Bey on January 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, you would think that Practical Mono is yet another

introductory book about C# and Mono, but all of that drastically

changes the moment you look at the book's table of contents and see

the variety of topics it covers and the lengths to which the author

goes to describe the more important details.

The book gently eases the into what .NET and Mono are giving a

historical background for each. What I found very interesting is the

fact the author takes time to explain about .NET in the real world,

and ties this to Mono to give the reader a clear idea of how any why

Mono was started and what the reader can do to participate in this

effort.

Since a lot of people using Mono might be coming from a traditional

.NET environment, the author expects those people to be used to

certain development tools. To that effect, the second chapter in the

book is dedicated to introducing the reader to development tools that

can be used with Mono, especially Mono Develop. This gives the reader

some heads up about what can be used instead of their conventional

development tools and makes sure you start off on solid grounds.

Having gotten the user all set up and ready for action, the book then

moves on to introduce the author to C#. This is a subtle introduction

that eases the user into what C# is and how the language works.

Chapter 3 comes in very handy when you want to brush up on your C#

skills or are new to C#.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Redding on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have used .NET before but only in a limited capacity and I was interested in using .NET on Mono. I therefore found the C# primer useful, but obviously not a replacement for a dedicated book. However, the step by step way in which I was introduced to key topics was intuative and easy to understand and its coverage of most .NET topics was comprehensive, especially given the constraints of a single book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book, hoping it would be to the usual APress standard and I wasn't disappointed. I've played with .NET on the Windows platform before but had often wished that this technology would be made available on Open Source.

When Mono was introduced, I wanted to get my hands dirty but not start learning all the facets of .NET from scratch and without having to go through the trauma of understanding the implications, how GTK+ may hook in etc.

I was therefore overjoyed to find that this book covered all of this and more and using a practical book project rather than theoretical examples. It starts gently which I was happy to go through as I picked up a tip here and there. The C# primer chapters were comprehensive and I use them to as a reference guide.

Then we went into chapters that covered ADO.NET, ASP.NET, XML, Networking and much much more. The Author has not only covered the essentials but added tips along the way and these proved very useful in ensuring that I was following a standard path.

At the end of the book, I feel comfortable with .NET and Mono and its all within the familiar surroundings of Open Source. How could it get any better!

I'd therefore recommend this book to anybody wanting to no more and .NET, Mono and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clint on March 22, 2009
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This is the poorest excuse for a programming book that I have purchased including many from Apress. It is very dated even if only a couple years old, does not reflect the current state of Mono. Commands are plain wrong. The author doesn't complete instructions and the sample scripts are incomplete. I finally gave up at the ADO.Net chapter where he almost tells you how to setup the database in MySQL. The book is in hardcover which my give rise to its high price but it less than 400 pages in length and given the depth of the table of contents, most subject are covered as deeply as a rock being skipped across a lake, never to sink.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Swanson on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book with prior programming experience in other languages, hoping that it will help me get along with C#, and especially using it in a Unix-like environment.

I am about half-way through the book, and I have encountered countless mistakes scattered across the book. From misplaced/mislabeled figures to blatently incorrect code, to out-right confusing paragraphs/sentences. When I said "OK for experienced programmers" in the title, I mean the kind that have the ability to see past the mistakes and could fix most of the errors; they are usually obvious, however I have at times needed to look up external resources to figure out the correct way to write the syntax and other things. I cannot imagine how a person new to programming would manage to make it past the third chapter (Introducing C#), and I would not blame that person, I would place blame on the sloppy authorship and editing of this book.

I am seriously considering returning this book in favor of another which does not require me to double-check it at almost every page.
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