- Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143022455X
- ISBN-13: 978-1430224556
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introducing .NET 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010 (Expert's Voice in .NET) 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Alex Mackey is an experienced web consultant with over 12 years experience in web development. He wrote the predecessor to this book, Introducing .NET 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010 (Apress), and is a Microsoft MVP Internet Explorer: Development. Alex has just started a new position with the Australian-based consultancy Kiandra (http://kiandra.com.au/). He previously worked for another consultancy, Readify, in Melbourne, Australia. Alex is very active in the development community and has spoken at a number of large conferences including TechEd, Remix, and Australian ALM. Alex also runs the annual community-development conference DDD Melbourne and user group DevEve.net.
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My needs are an introduction to new features of .NET 4.0 and for that this book is very difficult to put down. You will have to use supplementary sources to get anything more than the basics, but you probably do that every time you are programming anyway - Bing/Google/Yahoo, MSDN, other books, ...
This book doesn't waste space with older features of .NET; it just focuses on the new items.
I haven't read the entire book ... and probably won't even though I'd like to; I bounce between topics/chapters and my priorities change all the time, primarily dictated by my job. This actually makes the book more useful to me.
I could get all this information online, but I'm not online all the time (I read on the subway or while waiting in lines) and sometimes I just prefer to read away from the computer where it's too easy to get distracted from a particular topic.
Great reference book.
Others reviews have covered the details and section chapters. I'll just add that Author is maintaining a web site you can link to from the Apress Book Details page or just try this - simpleisbest.co.uk/. Click the Book Tab and look for the "What's different about this book?" section. He details what he was trying to accomplish while writing the book, complete with an explanatory cartoon! In my opinion he nailed what he was trying to achieve.
To sum up, this is a great overview/introduction to .NET 4.0 technologies.
I am currently working as the SME on some of the Microsoft Learning tracks for Visual Studio 2010, so I have had to dig deep into Visual Studio 2010. I wish I would have had this book at the beginning of the project. I have not found anything missing as far as new features go.
Below is the table of contents from the book.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Visual Studio IDE and MEF
Chapter 3: Language and Dynamic Changes
Chapter 4: CLR and BCL Changes
Chapter 5: Parallelization and Threading Enhancements
Chapter 6: Windows Workflow Foundation 4
Chapter 7: Windows Communication Foundation
Chapter 8: Entity Framework
Chapter 9: WCF Data Services
Chapter 10: ASPNET
Chapter 11: Microsoft AJAX Library
Chapter 12: jQuery
Chapter 13: ASPNET MVC
Chapter 14: Silverlight Introduction
Chapter 15: WPF 4.0 and Silverlight 3.0
Chapter 16: Windows Azure
The biggest ding to this book is the typos. Holy smokes, editors should not drink on the job. I won't ding the book the book for that.
Another ding is that although they talk about code samples, I cannot find any. They give you the database they used throughout the book, but I have found no use for it without the code to attach to it.
All in all I recommend this book to anyone interested in getting up to speed quickly with the new features in .NET 4.0. It is nice to have them all in one place. It is also nice to have them in a book that does not cover every feature. For example an ASP.NET 4.0 book will have every feature in the 4.0 release along with all the past releases.
The book is definitely worth the purchase.