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Managed C++ and .NET Development: Visual Studio .NET 2003 Edition Paperback – March 31, 2003

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strongStephen R.G. Fraser/strong has over 15 years of information technology experience working for a number of consulting companies, ranging from the large consulting firms of Electronic Data Systems and Andersen Consulting (Accenture) to a number of smaller e-business companies. His IT experience covers all aspects of application and web development and management, ranging from initial concept all the way through to deployment. Stephen resides with his beautiful wife, Sarah, and daughter, Shaina, in the Silicon Valley.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 951 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590590333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590590331
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,837,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That's good as the first contact with managed C++.
Unfortunately there wasn't as much interest toward C++ compared with C# or VB, so there isn't much literature to choose from on the market.
But for beginners and intermediates it's probably the best C++ book available right now.
You have a well structured book and good examples presented in a clear language.
However the author only skims across ASP, ADO and web services.
The interoperability with COM, unmanaged code, or P/Invoke it's missing completely, and that's the main strenght of C++.
I highly recommend this book for starters, and then following with Richard Grimes' "Programming with Managed Extensions for Microsoft Visual C++ .NET".
The latter really goes to the hard topics of managed C++ and fills the voids in Stephen's book.
That could make you an expert.
All the other managed C++ books available as 06/2003 are pretty much paper junk or lame rehersals of old unmanaged C++ books...
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This is thorough introduction to managed C++ development. In other words it introduces MS extensions to C++ for the .NET and CLR environments. If you are writing native C++ mostly, then this book will be of limited interest. Of course, the reason this book was necessary is due to the overhaul of Framework 1.0 and its updating to 1.1. The update has done away with the 'old' IDE and pushed users again into relearning class construction, property options, etc. in the new IDE. The author fills a valuable gap in helping to interpret the new IDE for users. The downside of the book is that it lacks a level of abstraction that would unify the many examples in the book. This may suit day-to-day programmers, but it may dismay the college student and academic. Otherwise it is a good book, simply because it is almost alone at present. However, with the arrival of .Net 2003, early .Net books on C++ may become redundant. Hopefully MS will bear the cost of learning in mind before changing the .net Framework again.
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I'm a professional C++ developer. I knew next to nothing about this .Net/Managed business but it seemed like the best tool for a particular project. What I needed was a book that was designed to aid the transition into Managed C++ & .Net development for people who already know how to code in C++. This book is exactly that.

The only problem is that with 2005 upon us, some of the syntax in the book is now dated. I bought it anyway to get a good grounding in this stuff. If he writes a 2005 version I'm all over it.
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I needed a book to help me in transition from C# to C++, and this is exactly the book that I needed. It does not go too deep into details on a particular technology (Web services, for example), but rather gives an overview of all major programming topics (that I am already quite familiar with, but using C#).
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By A Customer on April 9, 2003
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Most .NET programming books focus on C# or VB.NET, and that's pretty much it. This makes Stephen's choice of Managed C++ as a general-purpose .NET programming language unusual and refreshing. As the examples in the book demonstrate, Managed C++ is in no way inferior to other, more "traditional" .NET languages. Plus, you will learn to do things that are simply not available in any other language...Stephen covers a lot of material in his book. No doubt, he has valuable experience in he field and he is successful at sharing it. - From the Foreward by Artur Laksberg, Managed C++ Compiler Development Team, Microsoft Corporation
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this is the best mc++ book that i've read so far.
chapter 1-8 reviewed the c++ basics very well plus introducing MC++ style smoothly.
I don't know why windows forms is placed in chapter 9, but well, it's still SUPERB. 2 thumbs up!!
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By A Customer on July 5, 2004
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I must say this is the best book i've red, i mean the book i've had most fun with. I red this large book in short period of time, and you know what that means!
This is not the book you will get bored with. It's rare to find the book which is both fun and advanced. i think this one is precisely it. I'm so glad to find out how to write asp.net page with (managed) c++, it's a great felling! the way the chapter about managed c++ in asp.net is explained is beyond the good,hence excellent. it's so easy plus you have fun with it and before you know, you can program web pages with c++. I was also amazed with chapter on web-services. i red few times about this new technology but first now after i red Stephens Managed C++ i understand completely what the web services are and how to write them. And in both asp.net and web-service chapter you get simple sampels which is extremely importent to get someone understand what you talking about but beyond that there are also advanced sampels with ADO.NET and Web-forms. Beautifull!!
To begin with, the book explains shortly .NET and than explains what Managed C++ is (it's c++ adapted to .NET , and there are some minor differences in syntax with the original c++)
Than the book compare how Managed c++ language looks like in .NET, so you get all details and what you need to corectly write c++ programms i .NET. The rest of the book is about Windwows Forms, Advanced Windows Foram, GDI+(drawing) and so on..
What a author!
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