C# and the .NET Platform / Edition 2by Andrew Troelsen
Pub. Date: 06/04/2003
"C# and the .NET Platform", Second Edition starts with a brief overview of the C# language and then quickly moves to key technical and architectural issues for .NET developers. Not only is there extensive coverage of the .NET Framework, but Andrew Troelsen also shows programmers what they need to know about such necessary, but subtle, areas as the proper use of threads and how to leverage the new .NET remoting protocol. Readers will also see how to use C# for GUI applications with a complete discussion of Windows Forms, custom controls, and GDI+.
There are equally useful discussions on how to use C# and .NET for Web development, Web services, and data access using ADO.NET. From Windows-based to Web-based applications, it's all here. There are detailed discussions of every aspect of .NET development and useful examples with no toy code(.
Table of Contents1: Platform Invocation Services (PInvoke); 2: The Anatomy of a COM Server; 3: A Primer on COM Programming Frameworks; 4: COM Type Information; 5: The Anatomy of a .NET Server; 6: .NET Type Information; 7: .NET to COM Interoperability (Basic topics); 8: .NET to COM Interoperability (Intermediate topics); 9: .NET to COM Interoperability (Advanced topics); 10: COM to .NET Interoperability (Basic Topics); 11: COM to .NET Interoperability (Intermediate Topics); 12: COM to .NET Interoperability (Advanced Topics); 13: Building Serviced (COM+) Components
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This book is one of the best C# books out there. It's not something I suggest you read from cover to cover, it's very useful as a reference. It covers all the needed material and even teaches you multiple ways of doing the same thing. I used this book and 'ASP.NET 1.1 in C#' together last night (until 6am) to finish a project. I would still be working on it (or surfing useless webpages) if I didn't have the assistance of these books.
I used this book in my graduate thesis research as well as countless times in implementing my related C# Windows Forms and Web Forms project. Coverage of some of its topics is as follows (5 star max): 1) Win Forms 4.5 stars 2) ASP.NET / Web Forms 3 stars 3) .NET XML Web Services 5 stars 4) C# programming 4.5 stars 5) GDI+ 4.5 stars (given this rating because relative to other books out there, this is only general .NET / C# ref. that says much in any detail at all regarding GDI+) - Highly recommend this book.
If you are a C++ programmer, this is the best book for an in depth introduction to C#.