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Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform (Expert's Voice) 3rd Edition

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Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup. You can check out his blog at AndrewTroelsen.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Hardcover: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3 edition (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590594193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590594193
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you ask Andrew Troelsen that question, I bet he would guess "three pounds."

Overall, this is a pretty decent book on C# 2.0. As other reviews have said, it's not for beginners. With 4 years experience in C# .Net and Microsoft MCAD certification, I have found the technical level of the book to be right on the money for me. While much of the book (and C# 2.0) is the same as for .Net 1.1, the review has certainly not hurt me and has not been hard to read at all.

The examples are more correct than any technical book I can remember reading in a long time. And the code samples and downloads work! That almost never happens. Mr. Troelsen has done a great job in that regard.

From a content perspective, it is fairly thorough, touching on most of the new features of C# 2.0, but the level of coverage for the C# 2.0 specific features is at the same level as the 1.1 features.

One area that is very poorly covered is assemblies and assembly location. Mr. Troelsen spends 30 plus convoluted pages on the subject in Chapter 11 while Microsoft clearly describes the topic in 6 pages on their web site. If you don't know about assembly location in .Net before you read Chapter 11, you surely won't when you're finished. In fact, if you do know about assembly binding in .Net before you read it, you may not anymore when you finish reading Chapter 11.

Some key .Net version 2.0 features are not covered at all - for instance, there is no discussion at all of the BackgroundWorker class. This is a very useful new feature of .Net 2.0.

Because the book is not geared for beginners, it could have been better had Mr. Troelsen de-emphasized the 1.1 features slightly and used the recovered space for more emphasis on the 2.0 features.
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Pro C# 2005 and the .Net 2.0 Platform is a great book that covers the basics such as ASP.NET and ADO.NET but also covers topics that are usually forgotten such as Type Reflection and CIL. The depth of topics gives a great overall understanding of the intricacies of the .Net platform.

The two best chapters in the book are the ones on Generics and the CIL. This is because Troelsen takes a very complicated subject matter and breaks it down into understandable language. When explaining Generics he discusses an in-depth discussion of why they are useful(alleviates unboxing/boxing). He also gives the CIL code that shows exactly what is happening underneath the hood which helps understand the fundamentals.

I also liked how Troelsen tried to present material using best practices, sometimes left out in many books. For example, in the chapter that discusses data access, he goes through an example of creating factories which allows you to be database independent. Meaning you can connect to a SQL Server database, Oracle database etc., by just changing the configuration file. This code is very useful to understand and I think it runs in parallel with .Net Data Access Application blocks.
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This 3rd edition is a great reference for those who already have had some exposure to C# and .NET. When you're encountering some aspect of the .NET framework for the first time, this is the type of book you can go to first before jumping into MSDN.

In each chapter, the author does a good job of explaining architecture and how things work from first principles. When documenting a framework class for the first time, a description of the important members is typically shown in a neat table. The example code throughout the text is easy to follow and I found I could read the book from end to end without downloading the source code. I like the author's approach of showing you how to do things by hand, or using the command-line tools first, before showing how to do it in VS 2005. This helps me to understand what is happening behind the scenes.

Of course, no single volume can tell you everything you need to know about .NET. What's important though is that this book gives you a good foundation before you look at more detailed texts on specific .NET areas. For example, I really liked the chapters on reflection, ADO.NET and ASP.NET. Good overview of architecture and the main features.

Others have commented on the writing style and I would have to say that overuse of some phrases such as "Do understand ..." did catch my attention, but unfortunately in the same way that an exclamation point at the end of the sentence would have as well.

I ordered the book online and for some reason, a couple of the pages were damaged. I didn't notice it until I had almost finished reading it. On one page, there was a quarter-sized hole in the middle of the page. On another page, a square inch of text was completely blanked out. Luckily, the book came with an option to download the PDF version.
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I agree with some of the other reviewers. This book is an excellent overview of .NET in general, as well as 2.0 specifics. It is really a crash-course of many different topics, from C# 2.0 language fundamentals to multi-threading and remoting. Because of the broad scope, it is not too detailed on any one topic, and you will need other books or resources to get down to the nitty gritty. But this book will get you started in the right direction, and the writing style is clear and makes for an enjoyable read.

I also bought "Core C# and .NET" by Stephen C. Perry, as Mr. Perry's book does cover a couple areas that Mr. Troelsen's book does not make a single mention of. However, "Pro C#" was still worth every penny. The combination of the two books makes a power-house reference set that no intermediate-level C#.NET programmer should be without.
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