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Visual C# 2010 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach 2010th Edition
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I liked how the book explained HOW to use the language as opposed to WHAT it is. The reader will see a lot of gotchas, pitfalls and some best practices on how to use the language. The forward mentions this, and people looking for what's in the language should pick up a reference book.
Visual C# 2010 recipes is better than C# 3.0 Cookbook because it does go over some new .NET 4.0 features like the new Parallel class, and it's better laid out and easier to find what you're looking for. But the C# 3.0 Cookbook does complement this well because there are always multiple ways to solve an issue.
This book is a behemoth at over 1,000 pages and well worth the price.
Areas of .NET that are discussed are threads, processing, I/O, XML processing, Windows forms, database access, networking security, LINQ, and WPF. There are so many topics covered in this book, it only makes sense that it is over 800 pages.
A quick table of contents is:
Chapter 1: Application Development
Chapter 2: Data Manipulation
Chapter 3: Application Domains, Reflection, and Metadata
Chapter 4: Threads, Processes, and Synchronization
Chapter 5: Files, Directories, and I/O
Chapter 6: XML Processing
Chapter 7: Windows Forms
Chapter 8: Graphics, Multimedia, and Printing
Chapter 9: Database Access
Chapter 10: Networking
Chapter 11: Security and Cryptology
Chapter 12: Unmanaged Code Interoperability
Chapter 13: Commonly Used Interfaces and Patterns
Chapter 14: Windows Integration
Chapter 15: Using LINQ
Chapter 16: Windows Presentation Foundation
There havent been too many books on .NET that cover so many topics in .NET with lots of great examples. I love the chapters on Data Access, Security, and Unmanaged code. The examples are real-life and are explained in detail without too much techno-babble.
Its a great book if your a web or windows developer because it focuses on both platforms and nowadays the difference between desktop and web is getting smaller and smaller. So most of the topics cross-over no matter what area you develop in.
I highly recommend this book and it should be in your developer's library.
If I am not satisfied with the answer and wish to get more in-depth analysis, then I go after the other books. But at work, for quick accurate answer to specific problem, this one is the most useful and replaces whole bunch of other books. It focuses to actual issues you will have and gives straight answer without small talk. To change your way of working (long-term change of practises you use) I would suggest the other books again, and the theory on how and why you end up to the issues in the first place.
This book is like a zoom system camera lens of extremely good quality. When you go out to take pictures, one hi-quality zoom lens replaces whole backpack of fixed-mm lenses. It is better - you can shoot the picture at once, instead of while changing the lens you miss the bird and get no picture. But! You still need the fixed-mm lenses for specific purposes, when you have time for preparation and you know what kind of picture you are shooting.
Got the point? Thank you!
Highly recommended and extremely useful at work. Even for people who by instinct select the (most) correct design pattern every single time with no sweat.
The cookbook format is perfect for someone like me that is not a C# expert or for someone that does not have extensive experience. Looking at the code was a good way I learn things.
Don't expect to learn all about Visual C# by only buying this book but be sure you will learn a lot about .NET 4.0.
I am sure that after reading this book you will be able to solve common problems with good code samples.
It is not a replacement for a reference book, so does not dive soo deeply in all the features but more a practical book for common daily dev issues: don't have an available peer to share with you a piece of code? probably you will find that piece of code in this book.
Visual C# 2010 Recipes is a great addition to the book ""Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition", Apress" so I would recommend to read them together.
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One of the most useful books about C# I have purchased. While it is outdated, you still can find necessary information that needs little or no update. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by D. V.
I do not have anything to compare it to but so far Visual C# 2010 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach is a great book to enforce your knowledge of c# programming.Published on March 11, 2013 by Leonel Henriquez
This book provides really good coverage of an extensive list of topics related to .NET development. With each successive version the Microsoft . Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by John Jakubowski
This book contains some great code snippets for many C# 2010 topics. It is a code intensive book. The book has a good coverage on data manipulation, application domain, threads,... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Andy Zhang
How often do you hear that? At dinner parties, pot luck dinners, Cub Scout events...The asker is not saying "Teach me how to cook", but instead, based on an existing knowledge of... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Philip F. Japikse
I enjoy cookbook-style development books. First, they are a great way to learn new language and .NET Framework Features that you may not normally be exposed to. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by David Hayden