- Series: Microsoft Windows Development Series
- Paperback: 984 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (March 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321694694
- ISBN-13: 978-0321694690
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Essential C# 4.0
“If you want to be a C# developer, or if you want to enhance your C# programming skills, there is no more useful tool than a well-crafted book on the subject. You are holding such a book in your hands.”
—From the Foreword by Charlie Calvert, Community Program Manager, Visual C#, Microsoft
—Eric Lippert, Senior Engineer, Microsoft; coauthor, Visual Studio Tools for Office 2007
“Essential C# 4.0 continues the tradition of prior editions—the definitive work on C# the language and how to effectively code using it. This book covers all aspects of the language, from the basics to highly advanced topics; the reader doesn’t just emerge understanding the language of C#, but emerges as a better developer.
—Troy Magennis, C# MVP and creator of HookedOnLINQ.com
“I’ve been involved with C# since its earliest days and remember vividly a conversation with Anders Hejlsberg in which we discussed what C# didn’t have when compared to C++ at the time. He spoke of simplicity and compact design but it was plain that C# didn’t have the muscle to compete with C++ in those early days. Here we are, almost a decade later, with the latest incarnation of C# ready to go and the difference is huge. The elegance of C# is still there but the power of the language has advanced by leaps and bounds. Now, C# is second to none and may be first among equals. An important aspect to remember is that C# is the language but it is the .NET framework that empowers our expression as developers. Essential C# 4.0 presents both the language and the important aspects of that framework in a clear and concise manner that makes this book a great tool for learning the language and also covers aspects of general programming that are, well, essential.”
—Bob Powell, C# MVP, www.bobpowell.net
“Essential C# 4.0 is a book that anyone who wants to be an expert C# programmer should own. It’s a rare book that is on both my short list of books that I recommend for experts and my short list of books that I recommend for programmers new to C#.”
—Peter Ritchie, President, Peter Ritchie Inc. Software Consulting; Microsoft C# MVP
“Let Mark Michaelis serve as your guide from novice to expert C# developer. If you’ve never used C#, read this book carefully for a complete guided tour of the language. If you’re already familiar with C#, you’ll still find plenty to learn. Mark’s coverage of the language is very complete, including the latest techniques in the C# 4.0 additions. This book is and will remain within easy reach. It’s a ready reference that every C# developer should have handy.”
—Bill Wagner, Founder, SRT Solutions; Microsoft Regional Director; author of Effective C# and More Effective C#
From the Back Cover
"Essential C# 4.0" is a well-organized,"no-fluff" guide to all versions of C# for programmers at all levels of C# experience. This fully updated edition shows how to make the most of C# 4.0's new features and programming patterns to write code that is simple, yet powerful. This edition contains two new chapters on parallel programming, multi-threading, and concurrency, as well as extensive coverage of new C# 4.0 features: dynamic typing, variance, optional/named parameters, and many other new topics. Mark Michaelis covers the C# language in depth, illustrating key constructs with succinct, downloadable code examples. Graphical "mind maps" at the beginning of each chapter show what material is covered and how individual topics interrelate. Topics intended for beginners and advanced readers are clearly marked, and the book includes indexes of C# versions (2.0, 3.0, and 4.0), which make it easy for readers to reference topics specific to a given release of C#. Following an introduction to C#, readers learn about
- Best practices for object-oriented programming in C#
- C# primitive data types, value and reference types, implicitly typed variables, anonymous types, plus dynamic typing in C# 4.0
- Methods and parameters-including extension methods, partial meth-ods, and C# 4.0's optional and named parameters
- Generics, concurrent collections, and custom collections with iterators
- Delegates, events, and lambda expressions
- Collection interfaces and standard query operators
- Query expressions and the tree expressions on which LINQ providers are based
- Reflection, attributes, and dynamic programming
- Parallel Query Processing with PLINQ
- Multithreaded programming with the Task Parallel Library
- Platform interoperability and unsafe code
- The Common Language Infrastructure that underlies C#
Top customer reviews
If you feel like you've been faking your way through your projects, only partially understanding more advanced topics like interfaces, inheritance, and delegates, please get this book. It will make you better in every aspect of your work, much to your own relief (and those who follow after).
When I got the book I first started reading the introduction and continued will into the first chapter. It was such an easy read that I pretty much read the whole book from front to back. Even in the early chapters, such as flow control, I was finding myself picking up features or behaviors that I had previously overlooked or plainly forgotten. In addition to including the latest C# 4.0 features such as parallel task library, a dedicated C# 4.0 table of contents lists the new features and patterns so I can quickly catch up. An interesting feature is the mind map at the beginning of every chapter visually representing its contents. I like that how different options of solving a specific problem are detailed but the author goes further with recommendations based on best practices (for example, the Dispose pattern). Code example changes are highlighted as topics are flushed out to easily show the implementation revisions. Historical information is a nice touch to add context (for example, the origin of iterators).
I recommend using this book in tandem with other high quality reference books on .NET libraries, .NET framework design guidelines, common language runtime (CLR), and software development processes.
I prefer having a physical copy of my favorite books that I can hold, bookmark, sketch notes, etc. along with an easily searchable electronic version. My largest criticism of the book is with the the publisher - Addison Wesley. The back cover advertises "free online edition with purchase of this book." Reading the fine print inside you discover that it's actually a 45-day trial for Safari Books Online website. I would much rather have the PDF version available for little to no charge that some other publishers offer.
Well written book.