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Posted January 1, 2011
Excellent Refresher/Reference - NOT for beginners!
On page 3 the target audience of this book is described by the author as: "This book was written for programmers who have no experience with C# and/or little to no experience with object oriented programming". If this was truly the targeted group, then Mr. Freeman missed the mark. The title of Introducing Visual C# 2010 should have been Visual C#: A refresher + .NET 4.0 Features. The author's knowledge of the subject matter is very deep and his love of the C# language shines through in most chapters. As a reference material or a refresher of the nuances and intricacies of the C# language this book is excellent. For a programmer, who is new to the object oriented model of .NET and C# the book is poorly organized. Chapter 3 lightly skims over the .Net Framework. Chapter 4: "C# Fundamentals and Keyword Reference" is a mix of weak introduction material and a listing of keywords where some of the keywords are given a cursory explanation but the most annoying is the constant reference to future chapters where more detailed discussion can be found (I thought that is what the Table of Contents is for). One will also discover that upon reviewing those "future" chapters, the depth of discussion is shallow and it is irritating when the author references back to chapter 4 as the source of the original introduction of the particular keyword or concept in question. Chapter 5 provides the definition for Numeric and Boolean Types and it is strange that the discussion of the String and Character types are not encountered until Chapter 16. The material in-between is a fairly comprehensive tutorial on the most important components of C# but beginner C# programmers will often scratch their heads trying to understand the new concepts with not very clear and simple examples. Their confusion will be compounded upon reaching Chapter 17, Attributes. The .NET platform provides automatic memory management, known as Garbage Collection. The author makes it clear that in most cases one need not be concerned about how this component works but then proceeds to explain how the Destructor works without giving a clear explanation of when to use it. The beginner C# programmer will be left wondering when told that "Some objects need to perform actions before they can be safely destroyed; the most common examples are where connections to databases and other servers need to be explicitly closed. The actions you take will depend on your object, but whatever you need to do can be included in a destructor". After reading the above statement, the beginner reader will be left wondering what he has just read. The chapters covering the various aspects of Linq are by far the best and Mr. Freeman is second to none when it comes to this subject. As a refresher for one who had already some exposure to Linq, these chapters are excellent but for a beginner C# programmer they will provide additional frustration. In summary, if you are a beginner C# programmer with little or no understanding of the object oriented model then this book is not for you. Mr. Freeman attempted to put down in this book, his wealth of knowledge of the C# language along with the .NET platform but he did not present it for a beginner. I suggest you buy one of the simpler introductory books and then come back to this one and I am sure you will agree with me then that this book is an excellent refresher and reference source. I give it 5 stars as a reference source but only 2 as a beginners' aid.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2010
Excellent explanation of nuances and subtleties in C#
This book has tremendous breadth and depth for an intro book. Adam Freeman says the book is for programmers - specifically programmers who have no experience with C#. I read the book partially as a refresher and to pick up some nuances that I had forgotten long ago. He frequently points out subtleties that were new to me. I liked the layout of the chapters, especially the more basic chapters where he covers fundamentals and then transitions into more of reference book covering each keyword in brief detail. I thought this was a good balance between a text book and a reference. His explanation of polymorphism was one of the most straight forward and simple explanations that I've seen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
His coverage of C# 4.0 is very complete covering subjects that I didn't really expect in an introduction covering LINQ, XML, and WCF just to name a few. Adam Freeman covers virtually everything that a professional developer would possibly need developing .NET applications in C#. I thought that he would point out new features to C# 4.0 but that wasn't the purpose of the book. He does cover all of 4.0's new features.
I don't really have any complaints other than minor issues. Adam Freeman frequently advises that key points in the sample code are in bold print - somehow almost none of the bold print made it into the book which distracted me in the first & second chapter but I soon tuned that out because of the interesting nuances he was explaining and demonstrating. Although I wasn't expressly hunting for them and I didn't try every sample I found only one real error in the code although the code worked as it was written although it wasn't as I think he intended. I've seen some books with numerous distracting errors which I did not see in this one.
I'd recommend this book to programmers looking for a good intro to C# and actually experienced C# programmers who might find some of the excellent subtleties as interesting and educational as I did.
Posted December 4, 2010
This book gives a great introduction to what is an extremely complex topic.
I've purchased a large number of IT books over the years but Apress seems to have mastered a clear and concise layout and 'Introducing Visual C# 2010' has done it again! This book gives a great introduction to what is an extremely complex topic. Each chapter guides you through the .NET framework with well written definitions and practical code examples. It's also nice to see a well written introduction to LINQ and Silverlight as these are juicy topics that leave you wanting more. Well done Apress, look forward to your next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.