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Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010 [Paperback]

John Paul Mueller
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October 25, 2011 0735657726 978-0735657724 1

Ready to learn programming? Start Here!

Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with Visual C# 2010—and begin building your first apps for the desktop and web. If you have absolutely no previous experience, no problem—simply start here! This book introduces must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises.

Here’s where you start learning Visual C#

  • Learn how an application performs tasks by tracing its code
  • Query and manipulate application data with LINQ
  • Access web services with REST and SOAP
  • Build simple apps with Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Explore rich Internet apps with Microsoft Silverlight
  • Find and fix errors by debugging your applications
  • Put it all together by creating your first programs

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About the Author

John Paul Mueller is a freelance author and a technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 49 books and more than 200 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. His current books include a COM+ programmer's guide and a book designed to help with home and small office networking. His technical editing skills have helped more than 25 authors refine the content of their manuscripts, some of which are certification related. In addition to book projects, John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. A recognized authority on computer industry certifications, he's also contributed certification-related articles to magazines such as Visual Basic Developer and SQL Server Professional.

Product Details

  • Series: Start Here
  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735657726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735657724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 90 books and over 300 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads down programming. His most recent book is "Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010." His technical editing skills have helped over 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. You can reach John on the Internet at and his Web site at:

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2.0 out of 5 stars OK in a limited way, but it won't teach you programming January 25, 2012
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This book will give you a good idea of what the C# language can accomplish. It covers developing a web project, using extensible markup language (XML), Silverlight, debugging, data on collections, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Language Integrated Query (LINQ). It develops simple projects in these areas. None of this is in depth, so you feel that you're helpless to do the simplest program without line-by-line instruction. The book is OK within this limited framework, but if you want to learn to program, go elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Start With Building C# Applications May 7, 2012
If you've never seen a programming code in your life and want to build a simple program without really trying to learn how to code first, this might just be a good book for you.

if you want to learn programming per se, this is not the book for you.

Maybe you're an "analyst" working on MS Excel sheet and you're not really interested in creating Macros to manipulate data but are willing to learn to build some simple GUI's to handle data entry, simple data manipulation, this book will get you up to speed.

I recommend this book only if this is the first book you'll read about programming in .NET/C#. As the title of the book suggests, this is a starter book. If you've built GUI's with some database backend, you don't need this book.
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I started this book with no experience with PC software development since college twenty years ago. This book had me writing very simple code in a few hours and writing part of a real application in a week. It holds your hand and directs you how to download the free version of Microsoft Visual Studio. The development suite is powerful despite being free.

The book holds your hand on every aspect of getting your first project compiling and debugging. I was afraid this would be annoying, since I've done some embedded software in the past, but it was actually nice. It gave me confidence I wasn't going to spend time looking things up trying to work out what it's talking about. Just flip through it fast in the parts that want to hold you hand excessively.

I feel like it gave me a good foundation in to the proper names and ideas behind things that I simply would not have gotten learning by trial-and-error tinkering with other people's code.

This book would work for someone who's never coded but is committed to putting in a large amount of time to learning. It also works for someone who knows software but nothing about C#.

People have complained it focuses too heavily on the IDE. If you're going to be using Visual Studio, you really need to learn your way around it. This book teaches you the IDE and gets you started. It is not a book I think I will reference when I become fluent in C#. This book is training wheels-- very good ones.
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This handbook fully deserves five stars for the excellent information it provides on using the capabilities of the .Net Framework within C#. This extends to a wide variety of features of the .Net environment including full use of the Visual Studio IDE & Debugger, as well as development in a Windows Forms, Web, Database Environment; and even one of the best descriptions of Web Services using both SOAP and RESTful models. I would however be hesitant to recommend it as a first programming language book for an absolute beginner to C# language programming, because its excellent pedagogy is focused on wide use of the .Net environment rather than the simplest statements and syntax for learning a working subset of C# as a programming language.

This excellent handbook begins with an illustrated example of a Windows Forms based application and WPF browser application that require no code input by the user--This is an excellent example of the tremendous capabilities of .Net (and very informative to an experienced programmer new to the Microsoft environment) but for a teenager learning his/her first programming language I would have begun with a simple Hello World console application perhaps generated in Visual Studio, or even perhaps created with a simple text editor and the command line C# compiler "csc". I would build a knowledge of the syntax of this language using simple statements, control constructs, classes, methods and objects and describe the event-programming methods available in C#.

But, so much for my recommended approach to programming pedagogy; this is actually one of the most valuable handbooks I have found outlining the capabilities of the .Net environment.
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