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ISBN-13: 978-0672325465 ISBN-10: 0672325462

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (July 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672325462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325465
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

In just 21 days readers will learn how to use the key features of the C# programming language-not only the commands, but how to create entire programs using them within a few simple chapters. This book is designed to teach C# from the ground up-each lesson is built to supplement the chapter before to provide a fully rounded understanding of the C# language. Sams Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days is the only book on the market that takes C# out of the Microsoft Visual Studio and teaches it as a platform-independent language-letting readers program for Windows, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X. Additional coverage added from the first edition: more and better Windows Forms information, database access, XML, types, runs, appendix for Visual C++ .NET users, plus much more. This book also includes a CD-ROM full of third-party editor software and sample code, making it an easy-to-use, all-in-one package.

About the Author

About the Author

Bradley L. Jones (Brad@TeachYourselfCSharp.com) is the site manager for a number of high-profile developer sites—including CodeGuru.com, Developer.com, and VBForums.com—and is an executive editor of Jupitermedia's EarthWeb channel, which is a part of Internet.com. Bradley has been working with C# longer than most developers because he was invited to Microsoft before the official beta release. Bradley's background includes experience developing in C, C++, PowerBuilder, SQL Server, and numerous other tools and technologies. Additionally, he is an internationally best-selling author who wrote the original 21 Days book: Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days. On Developer.com and CodeGuru.com, you find a number of articles from Bradley on topics ranging from .NET to mobile development to general developer topics.


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NET pages to a point where you can actually get something up and running and feel comfortable about how it was done.
Webmaster At CodeGuru.com
This book is a great introduction to those with previous programming experience in C/C++ and those with no programming experience at all.
nyon
C# is the third programming language that I learned largely by reading and working through a Sams "Teach Yourself" book.
Charles Ashbacher

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Webmaster At CodeGuru.com on September 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Review by Aaron J. Young for CodeGuru.com:
If you're new to programming or have little experience, Teach Yourself C# is a great beginner's book. With it's course-like layout, the material is split into 3 weeks of 7 lessons/days, each covering a new but related topic, allowing the reader to pace him or herself and actually absorb what's being read without becoming overwhelmed by new concepts as is the case with many other "tutorial" books.
Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days covers all the topics needed to get you going in C#. You learn, step-by-step, the development lifecycle, programming fundamentals; like structure and program flow, statements, expressions and storage types. Object orientated design concepts are covered in sufficient detail, like inheritance, polymorphism and encapsulation. This includes coverage of the most common .NET Classes such as the Math routines, Files and Streams.
Each day ends with a summary, followed by a Q and A section where the author attempts to answer some common questions on the covered subjects, this is then followed by a Workshop consisting of a quiz and exercises designed to reinforce what has just been learnt. There are also plenty of code listings through out the book, including several "Type and Run" listings, implementing the discussed materials making it easy to follow and understand what's being taught.
It's worth mentioning that this book doesn't just stop at covering the basics of C#, it also covers ADO.NET and even designing Web Services and ASP.NET pages to a point where you can actually get something up and running and feel comfortable about how it was done.
The book is aimed at beginning to intermediate programmers, if you're in the intermediate range, but new to .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Ramirez on February 17, 2005
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This book was awesome! I just finished reading it today and I am amazed of how much I learned.

I disagree with the comment that rates it bad for not talking enough about Visual Studio.... There are good books about "Visual C#" which target this audience, however the best developers are those who learn how to build software from scratch without fancy tools.

Trust me, before this, I had no idea what was all the code Visual Studio (and even SharpDevelop) generated by default.

Recommended path:

I read 1 chapter a day; then took the chapter quiz, and did all the exercises.

Also play with the "Type and Run's", they are a lot of fun!

I am now writing my own C# applications (Console, Windows-based, Web, and even for my Pocket PC).

Excellent book, great job Brad Jones!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Hardman on May 16, 2008
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It is important to realise that this is a book for beginners. If you are an experienced developer wanting to cross-train from C++, Java, VB.Net etc then this is not the book for you. I pretty much speed-read the book in three days (I would have been quicker but I had other things to do as well), typing in code when it looked like it might be a useful exercise. As C# is largely an amalgam of bits from other popular languages it is easy to plough through this book at speed if you do know other object-oriented languages. If you are a complete beginner then I suspect this book is probably at about the right level and for complete beginners 21 days could be about right.

As well as the language itself, the book gives the basics of console input/output, file handling, windows forms, database access and some web stuff. As the author says a number of times, the libraries used for .Net programming are so large, you couldn't do more than skim the surface even in a book of this size.

A few other things to note about this book...

This book does not teach you about the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE), or about the code generated by the IDE. Instead it works from first principles - no use of a forms editor here, this is typing in instructions to add a control, position the control, set the control colour, handle the related events etc, rather than having the basis of that automatically generated. Useful to know how to do it manually, but I suspect most people would rather take the IDE route. Personally, I do like to know both, so it is good for me the way it is.

There are a number of typographical errors in the text, most of which are unimportant, but they have also crept into at least one source listing, although that was easy enough to spot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2005
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This book is just fantastic. You can really learn a lot from it. I am only 14 and already know how to create a simple program. I'm looking to get into the gaming industry and this book will definently help me get there. I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn C# without the hassle of using up a lot of time. 5 Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin on January 9, 2007
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This book is a great book for beginners. If you happen to be a programmer the first couple of chapters are a review but the later chapters make up for this. I would have preferred a little more about creating windows applications but this is still a great book. I recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Duerr on January 25, 2005
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I'm very glad to finally see a book out that doesn't require people to spend a vast fortune buying Visual Studio, while that is fine for corporate development many personal developers can't afford the rather steep price tag associated to Visual Studio.
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