- Series: Exam Ref
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735676828
- ISBN-13: 978-0735676824
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exam Ref 70-483 Programming in C# (MCSD) 1st Edition
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Q. Why is your book important right now?
A. C# is one of the most popular languages of this time. In 2012, C# was even chosen as the programming language of the year. Certifying yourself as a C# developer can be a great asset for potential employers. Studying for your certification will also help you in exploring areas of the C# language that you don’t have much experience with.
Programing in C# helps you by showing you aspects of the language that are important deepening your understanding of the language. This could be new areas like the async and await support in C# 5 but also some difficult subjects like properly implementing IDisposable.
Programming in C# is important both for new developers who want a head start and for experienced developers who want to make sure they understand all aspects of the language.
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A. After reading this book you will prepared for getting your certification as a C# developer. But even if that’s not your goal I’m certain that you will learn new tricks from this book that can help you in your work as a developer.
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The book is formatted in a way that is great for studying the exam. The chapters are relevant to the topics suggested to study on the site and is rich in content and examples. I was able to read the book cover to cover relatively easily in chunks, certainly not a book I would want to power study in 1-2 days.
As for the bad, the general portion of the examples have no real world context. Although the code will compile, often the examples have no purpose. Perhaps this is to cut down on the size of each example, but richer examples would definitely help during the learning process. I don't have any specific examples in mind, but I remember the sections with async/await, events, and trace/debug being particularly weak. The end of each chapter has a thought experiment to apply what you have learned, and three questions per chapter to test your knowledge.
When I said secondary resource, what I meant is that even at several hundred pages, the book still feels too shallow to have a firm understanding of the language that you would need to pass the exam. It's great for brushing up on topics, or seeing a bit of syntax, but I feel that for the time on the MSDN, or for a similar cost having a pluralsight course for a month and using their path. Once I am done with this exam (hopefully second time is a charm) I will most likely never read this book again.
If only I could return this, I would.
I find the book often confusing and the concepts not well explained. I often have to find videos that explain what the lesson is trying to say. Even as I try to write code to better understand the lesson in the encapsulation section when I try to use some of the get set syntax I get run time exceptions. Many of the examples are not clear and the code is not clear. I a not sure if it is the author or faults of the language that allows this confusing syntax.
I don't think this book is for newcomers to C# or new to programming in general.
I didn't take the exam yet but I feel this is not enough to pass the exam.
While reading this book I did search for the mentioned topics on MSDN and other sources just to be more clear on things and maybe see more examples.
Even though I'm not new to programming the book got me confused. The organization of this book is so confusing.
So what I did now is I read the book for the first time doing some highlights and notes and then I will do a second read on the topics which needs to be read one more time.
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