- Series: In a Nutshell
- Paperback: 1064 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fifth Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449320104
- ISBN-13: 978-1449320102
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are on the fence on this (like me) because you already have all the books and have been into C# for about 10 years, do yourself a favor and buy this book. One of the coolest things about this book is that it is a full 2" less wide than the other mule-chokers. At 1000+ pages, I am able to handle the book with ease and use it in the way a true desk reference book should be used.
I'd rate it six stars if I could.
In the description of a class or method, the authors give an example that completely demonstrates the method but I found myself having to study it very hard to figure out what they are trying to show and how I might be able to use it in my own program.
I will definitely use this book as the reference that it is but I may look for another that is a bit more of a tutorial for C#.
When I look at the thickness of this version (5) and I look at my old version (1) I'm impressed with how much more it takes to know C# now than it did in 2002. My how the nutshell has grown!
5 stars for being an outstanding reference. Joseph's style is easy and informative. You wont find his level of C# expertise plus his outstanding authorship on some post on StackOverflow. So if you are debating buying the book because you think you will find the same info on a post somewhere on the web you are most likely wrong.
Minus 1/2 star for the horrible book format. The book is TOO SMALL in terms of height and width and TOO THICK! It is like reading a C# manual on index cards. Doh it IS reading a C# manual on index cards! Joseph your work stands on its own merit you don't need to make the book look thick so it will sell. Please consider making the next version of the book taller and wider with print that extends to the margins. Thanks!
In the rush to meet publishing and production deadlines, many authors hastily throw together their subject matter in a best-efforts basis and, often, barely finish pressing the 'Enter' key before the presses start rolling. No so with C# 5.0 in a Nutshell. This book is brilliantly organized, exceptionally well-written, and provides truly useful examples for day-to-day c# coding. Broad subject matter coverage with just the right depth and numerous examples make owning and using this book a pleasure.
If you're a C# developer, or aspire to become one, you'll find this book to be one of the few gems on your shelf. I would opt for the print rather than the Kindle version -- simply because good reference books are destined to be dog-eared, stickynote-tagged and thrown in a backpack: in that light, when you buy this book, you'll find that the corners of your book will quickly be curled and worn with the spine creased and pages dogtagged.
I loved the thoroughness and the insights provided by the authors on all the subjects. You may not realize the value of the know-how imparted until you actually read the topics (any topic in this book). I so much wish I had read the previous editions in my earlier years of experience.
To me the asynchrony and concurreny (TAP, parallel programming) topics on the books are themselves worth the dollars (by many times).
Happy learning and implementing!
Most recent customer reviews
The explanation of covariance and contravariance is worth the purchase all by it self.
You WILL learn something from Joe's books. He's smarter than you and me ;-)
It is being good for me as a reference during this big project I'm working on. Specially the part that talks about Linq.