- Series: Expert's Voice in .NET
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. edition (October 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430243325
- ISBN-13: 978-1430243328
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introducing .NET 4.5 (Expert's Voice in .NET) 2nd ed. Edition
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About the Author
Alex Mackey is an experienced ASP.NET/SQL Server consultant who has been working with .NET since version 1.0. Alex started out programming when he was 12 on the Amiga with a hobbyist program called Amos before moving into ASP/VB6 development while studying at university. Shortly after graduating with first class honours, Alex moved into the .NET/Sql Server world where he has remained for the last eight years.
Most recently, Alex has led development on a number of complex health care applications and has been lucky enough to work around the world in the Middle East, America and Ireland. Alex is active in the development community and set up and runs the .NET user group DevEvening.co.uk. He is a Microsoft C# "Most Valuable Professional".
Mahesh Krishnan is fortunate enough to be paid for what he loves doing most--creating software. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked in India, the UK, the United States, and Australia on a number of projects ranging from shrink-wrapped products to large corporate applications.
He currently works as a principal consultant at Readify, a company that specializes in consulting and training in Microsoft technologies. Prior to this, he was the technical director of The Thin Blue Line at Victoria Police, where he was responsible for delivering a number of key projects.
Mahesh is well-known in the .NET community and frequently speaks at community and industry events such as code camps, YOW!, Tech Ed, and REMIX. He organizes the DDD Melbourne Conference with Alex every year and runs Victoria .NET, which is one of the largest .NET user groups in Australia. He is also one of the founding members of Silverlight Developer and Designer Network as well as the Windows Azure Meetup in Melbourne.
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It's an all encompassing book, covering everything from the changes in Visual Studio 2012's IDE all the way through to package management with NuGet. You've also got coverage of the BCL and the CLR, MEF 2, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC 4.5, WCF and the Web API, Working with Data, Windows Azure, WWF, WPF, Silverlight 5 and Windows 8 Applications. If any of those acronyms are new to you, that's probably a good enough reason to buy this book!
In this edition, the author has enlisted the help of two recognised experts in the Azure, WCF, Silverlight and WIF space. Whilst each author has their own writing style, it doesn't detract from the quality of the information presented, nor does it detract from the elements of humour each author has put into the chapters! The writing style is relaxed, but not too chatty and can be entertaining in parts - this is refreshing and makes the learning process that bit more enjoyable.
I was pleased to see this book has its "front matter material", acknowledgements, about the authors, etc. cleverly positioned at the back of the book. This is a great time saver if you are reading the book electronically. Three taps/clicks and you're on the first page. It's a nice touch.
Screenshots are liberally placed throughout each chapter. Many of the new features in .NET and in Visual Studio 2012 are difficult to explain and sell in text, the addition of screenshots is a great help. You'll be treated to "just the facts", e.g. "VS2012 now contains IntelliSense support and snippets for the following technologies and standards: HTML5, CSS3, WAI-ARIA (disability support)". If you're an experienced developer, these facts could be all you need in order to move on to the newer versions - you probably don't need a whole chapter on how a specific part of Visual Studio 2012 works, etc. This book is full of such time-saving snippets and commentary.
Dotted throughout each chapter are emphasised "Caution" break outs. These are, as you might imagine, useful snippets warning us of assumptions we might have made or of any subtle differences found when developing Windows 8-style applications. There are also a few "key terminology" break outs too - the authors use these to explain key terms that they go on to use in their text. You'll also find useful "Note" break outs in each chapter, many containing links to further information. Also dotted throughout each chapter are direct links to further information or commentary from industry experts. On a few occasions, these experts include the folks at Microsoft who wrote the topic being discussed.
This book a massive time-saver - it provides just enough information about virtually all of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. Despite being nearly 400 pages in length, it's easy to read bit by bit, i.e. you don't need to read the whole book, or even a whole chapter if you need to gain an understanding of a specific topic. I found it especially useful when reading tweets from other developers - they were discussing the Portable Class Library, chapter 3 provided just the overview I was looking for.
As with the earlier edition, this book is suited to those developers who are coming to Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 "fresh" and those hardened developers who have been using .NET for many years. This isn't a "deep dive" book, you're not going to get screeds of information relating to any of the chapters - you do get a high-level introduction with some worked examples and a coverage of how the topics relate to each other. The authors do make reference to other Apress books that do offer you a deep dive should you wish to learn more.
This book is brand new. It's not a second edition or a revamp, it's a summation of what has happened from Visual Studio 2010 to Visual Studio 2012 and from .NET 4.0 to 4.5. It covers almost three years worth of changes and improvements. Essentially this is a completely different book to "Introducing .NET 4" - if you enjoyed that book, you'll enjoy this one too. If you're just looking for a "what's new" or "what has changed" guide, this book is for you. Newcomers to the .NET platform will find this book a great introduction to the .NET framework and the tools that are used to design, build, test and deploy great applications.
But clearly they have no clue about how to write a technical book.
Some places, they start with something, you wait for further explanation,
Then it jumped to something else, completed forget what about they were trying to say and left the reader
wander if they know what they put on the paper.
As an introductary book to .Net 4.5, some of the things are not necessary such as IDE improvement. Though it is nice to know.
It should focus on what the new ways of doing things as compare to previous framework, what the pros and cons. etc., If they want to
tartget the audience as experienced programers. Otherwise, they probably should forcus on several selected areas with some in-depth
discussion, so programers who are not familiare with .net can have a better idea how to do things in .net.
Not a good reference book overall.