- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201734117
- ISBN-13: 978-0201734119
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
"Don taught me stuff I didn't know about my own product! And I bet he'll teach you something, too."
—From the Foreword by James Miller, Lead Program Manager, Common Language Runtime, Microsoft Corporation
Essential .NET, Volume 1 , provides everything developers need to take full advantage of the power of Microsoft .NET. This book describes, in depth, the glue of the .NET Framework: the Common Language Runtime (CLR). Box and Sells explain the inner workings of the CLR—the rationale behind its design, the problems it solves, and the role of type in CLR programming—and show readers how to build better applications using the .NET Framework while gaining a more complete understanding of how the CLR works.
The book is packed with the practical detail and expert advice only Don Box can provide. Topics covered include:
- CLR's evolution
- Assemblies in the .NET Framework
- The CLR type system
- Programming with type
- Objects and values
- Explicit method invocation
- Application domains
Essential .NET, Volume 1 , is an authoritative guide to the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime.
Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series are written and reviewed by the principal authorities and pioneering developers of the Microsoft .NET technologies, including the Microsoft .NET development team and DevelopMentor. Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series focus on the design, architecture, and implementation of the Microsoft .NET initiative to empower developers and students everywhere with the knowledge they need to thrive in the Microsoft .NET revolution.
About the Author
Don Box is a leading educator, recognized authority on the Component Object Model (COM), coauthor of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) specification, and coiner of the term "COM is Love." He recently joined Microsoft as an architect in the Microsoft® .NET Developer and Platform Evangelism Group.
Earlier in his career, Box cofounded DevelopMentor Inc., a component software think tank aimed at educating developers on the use of the COM, Java, and XML. A popular public speaker, Box is known for engaging audiences around the world, combining deep technical insight with often outrageous stunts.
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Don thinks at a high level, and writes very concisely as a result. By any other author, this book might've been a 1400 page mammoth; I'm amazed at the valuable data he's packed into just over 400 pages.
Some developers may the material in this book unattainable because of the concise and in-depth technical material. Those who do grok it will find it invaluable. This book was well worth the wait for me.
As with any book that tries to cover such an extensive ground as the .NET CLR is, there are tradeoffs in the depth and extent with which the author describes each subject. In this case, Box chose to highlight the details of the inner workings of the CLR that we, as programmers, must have present to make efficient and appropriate use of the runtime facilities. Chapters one through five deal with basic concepts that, in my opinion, are best left to an introductory book and are not worth more than skimming through them, although you could always find a golden needle hidden in the haystack. However, on chapters six and after, the book really takes off and you'll probably find new things to learn page after page.
Although the crucial details are clearly exposed, this book is by no means exhaustive, I believe it can be considered more as a base from where you can start researching further about the subject of your interest. For example chapter seven, "Advanced Methods", deals with stack/message transitions, proxies, sinks and contexts. All these concepts are very well covered but I didn't get the eureka! feeling until I read Ingo Rammer's Advanced .NET Remoting and could see those concepts in action and realize their importance.
All in all, a book that deserves a slot in your .NET library (a slot somewhere in between a pair of good tutorials and the in-detail books about the areas of the framework that draw your interest). I would consider it a good investment of your time and money and I also see myself coming back to it (specially back to chapter 6-10) as a refresher. -- Review by Julio G.
That said, I find must of the book to qualify for a 5-star review. The chapters 6-10 are great! Also I like the discussion of the CLR loader in chapter 2. But most of the stuff in chapter 1-5 should be known to the reader of a book like this one, and I found the chapters a bit boring (this is why I only give the book a 4-star review).
I especially liked the discussion of the message based architecture in the CLR dealing with context, attributes, properties and message sink chains. This is used by the CLR during Cross-context, Cross-AppDomain and Cross-Machine method invocations and can be freely extended by anyone to implement interception based aspects/services.
The author explains very well the fact that the CLR defines a new managed execution model for managed code that you are encouraged to use to your benefit, but free to leave at any time. Don Box gives you the feeling that there is an OS underneath the CLR managed execution model, and that the CLR v1.0 ultimately will execute platform specific machine code. He is great at explaining the difference between the type information rich, "virtualized" world of the CLR and the type information poor, physical world of the OS and JIT compiler generated machine code.
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I read both (Don Box's book and Stutz's Book)!
Stutz's book has an "inside-out POV" to expose the CLR features,
Don Box's...Read more