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This title shows developers how to build Internet-based, distributed applications using Microsoft® .NET Remoting, which enables powerful remote interaction among objects. A fundamental understanding of .NET Remoting is crucial as developers shift to developing distributed, Internet-based applications. Until recently, DCOM was the preferred method for developing distributed applications on Microsoft platforms. But as this book demonstrates, the .NET Remoting architecture is much easier to use and extend than DCOM....

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Overview

This title shows developers how to build Internet-based, distributed applications using Microsoft® .NET Remoting, which enables powerful remote interaction among objects. A fundamental understanding of .NET Remoting is crucial as developers shift to developing distributed, Internet-based applications. Until recently, DCOM was the preferred method for developing distributed applications on Microsoft platforms. But as this book demonstrates, the .NET Remoting architecture is much easier to use and extend than DCOM. The book covers all aspects of .NET Remoting, including in-depth coverage of the .NET Remoting architecture plus concrete examples, best practices, and performance tips to show how to extend and customize the framework.

  • Provides developers with deep design and implementation guidance to help them build better distributed applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • One third of the book introduces readers to the basics of using .NET Remoting to develop distributed application
  • Two-thirds of the book covers advanced features of .NET Remoting plus details on how to extend and customize the Although Java and C# share many similarities, there are fundamental differences between them. What’s more, C#—the language designed from the ground up for programming the Microsoft .NET Framework—offers a wealth of new features that enable programmers to tap the full power of.NET. This is the ideal guide to help any Java developer master .NET programming with C#. The authors—two Java and C# experts—reveal the similarities and differences between the two platforms these languages support. Then they show you how to leverage your Java experience to get up to speed in C# development with a minimum of difficulty. It’s the definitive programming resource as you tackle the .NET class libraries and learn to write applications for .NET with C#. Topics covered include:

OVERVIEW

  • Introduction to Microsoft .NET
  • Comparing Java and .NET technologies

THE C# LANGUAGE

  • Creating assemblies
  • Language syntax and features
  • Data types
  • Advanced language features

PROGRAMMING .NET WITH C#

  • Strings and regular expressions
  • Numbers and dates
  • Collections
  • Streams, files, and I/O
  • XML processing

ADVANCED TOPICS

  • Reflection
  • Threading and synchronization
  • Networking
  • Remoting
  • Database connectivity
  • Security and cryptography
  • Graphics and UI
  • Introduction to XML Web services

PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK FROM THE MICROSOFT VISUAL C#® .NET TEAM:

"The two tech veterans who wrote this book can help you master C# quickly. They do an admirable job of describing the basics of the .NET initiative: its goals, structure, and capabilities. Then they help you leap the biggest hurdle of all—understanding the structure and purpose of the .NET class libraries. Their book presents the underlying concepts, explains the challenges you’ll face, and guides you past the pitfalls with ease."

—Prashant Sridharan, Product Manager, Microsoft Visual C# .NET team

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If you know Java, how hard is it to learn C#? Should you bother? How do the languages really compare? Ask two programmers and you’ll get three opinions. But we’ve found a remarkably fair and comprehensive guide to C# for Java programmers -- and you’ll never guess who published it.

Yes, C# for Java Developers comes from Microsoft Press, but authors Allen Jones and Adam Freeman don’t hesitate to criticize .NET when it comes up short. They don’t much like .NET’s stream classes, and they warn experienced Java programmers that they’ll find the Windows Forms toolkit less flexible than Swing and AWT. Conversely, when .NET offers greater power -- as with its fine-grained threading support -- you’ll learn that, too.

Throughout, the comparisons are detailed and thoughtful -- as you’d expect from authors who’ve built enterprise systems with both platforms. The book also points out many tiny gotchas that could easily derail experienced Java developers. (For example, in .NET, Interrupt on a thread that isn’t blocking can have unexpected results long afterward.)

The authors focus on Java 1.4, though some 1.3 functionality is covered as well. Their XML coverage reflects Java’s DOM Level 2, SAX, and XSLT support, but not the evolving JAX Pack APIs. In some areas, they find the switchover to C# easy and natural. Where it’s more challenging, they offer practical guidance and workarounds. Whether you’re migrating to .NET, planning to coexist, or simply want to kick C#’s tires, you’ll find their book indispensable. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735617797
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2002
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Jones has been developing Windows® solutions since 1990 and working with Windows NT and Win32 since 1993. He was one of the first MCSEs to qualify anywhere in the world. For the last 3 years, Allen has been developing e-commerce and security systems for large corporations and financial institutions. He is a former employee of Microsoft® in both Australia and the UK and co-author, with Adam Freeman, of C# for Java Developers and .NET XML Web Services Step by Step , both from Microsoft Press®.

Adam Freeman is a professional programmer and the author of two early Java books, Programming the Internet with Java and Active Java, both published by Addison Wesley, as well as Java course materials. His recent experience architecting a green-field e-commerce platform has given him an in-depth understanding of the current security challenges facing those developing large scale distributed systems. Adam has previously worked for Netscape, Sun Microsystems and the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Introduction

Introducing .NET

Chapter 1: Introduction to Microsoft .NET

Chapter 2: Comparing Java and .NET Technologies

The C# Language

Chapter 3: Creating Assemblies

Chapter 4: Language Syntax and Features

Chapter 5: Data Types

Chapter 6: Advanced Language Features

Programming .NET with C#

Chapter 7: Strings and Regular Expressions

Chapter 8: Numbers and Dates

Chapter 9: Collections

Chapter 10: Streams, Files, and I/O

Chapter 11: XML Processing

Advanced Topics

Chapter 12: Reflection

Chapter 13: Threading and Synchronization

Chapter 14: Networking

Chapter 15: Remoting

Chapter 16: Database Connectivity

Chapter 17: Security and Cryptography

Chapter 18: Graphics and UI

Chapter 19: Introduction to XML Web Services

Platform Integration

Shared Assemblies

Configuring Applications

Garbage Collection

Cross-Language Code Interoperability

Java to .NET API Reference

About the Authors

Pipe Valves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    Paucity of good code samples.

    Java programming is by bread and butter and naturally when I saw a book with such an enticing title I decided to dig in. Unfortunately, as a Java programmer I am used to dealing with many open source projects with little or no documentation and the only guiding light is comprehensive code samples. As a programmer on the run, I do not have time to read through the different methods of a .NET class instead I would like to see some code samples that illustrate the point being made. Code is the "language" of programmers and rightly so a book on a programming language should have lots of code in it, especially when its targeting a mature audience of code writers such as Java programmers who are used to using Notepad and command line tools in the first place. The book shines in its organization and a descriptive coverage of the topics although I would have preferred a little bit more coverage of OOP concepts/constructs specific to C#.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    A comprehensive C# from Java tutorial

    First things first<p> First of all, let's deal with the Microsoft issue. I was surprised to find that this book even existed given the problems MS has had in the courts recently. I was even more surprised to find that C# for Java Developers is very balanced and does not hype up C# at the expense of Java -- throughout the book there are places where the authors say that "Java is better at this" or "We have no idea what the C# designers were thinking." A refreshing attitude from a company that is not known to be an admirer of Java. <p> I was reluctant to pay for a Microsoft book, but I have to admit that I am impressed. This is the first MS book I have ever purchased, and it is clearly written, well thought-out and very, very comprehensive. One of the best features for me is that all of the instructions for compiling and managing code assume that you are using the command-line tools, rather than Visual Studio. For someone on a tight budget, this was a real bonus. <p>The Scoop<p> The first part of the book is an overview of .NET, and contains the boiler-plate description that you get from the .NET web site. Not that useful, but pretty short. There is a chapter that compares .NET to Java (J2SE and J2EE), but again, there is nothing new or important there. The second part of the book covers the C# language, using Java as a starting point. The coverage seems comprehensive, and explains where the two languages are the same (quite often), where they are different (now and then) and when they appear to be the same, but you are likely to spend a couple of hours tracking down something weird (more often than I would like). I had started playing around with C# before buying this book, and all of the problems that I had in the early days were detailed here with clear explanations. <p> Part three delves into the .NET class library, covering basic topics such as collections, IO and handling XML. Once again, I was impressed with the depth of coverage and the way in which the authors use Java classes to explain the workings of .NET. It was while I was reading through this section that I realized just how different C#/.NET and Java can be. <p> The last part of the book covers "advanced" topics. There seems to be little reason for the division between basic and advanced topics, but chapters cover areas such as threading, security and networking. The one thing that is consistent in this part of the book is that there is less of a parallel between Java and C#. For example, "Windows Forms" is used to build client UI applications, but is very different toolkit from Swing/AWT. <p> The appendix list is a little dull, covering topics like GC and configuration files. There are some interesting snippets, but I got the impression that these were topics that the authors thought were important, but didn't know where else they should go. The exception is the "Java to .NET API Reference" which, for me at least, sets this book apart from the competition. Every class from the J2SE class library is mapped to an equivalent .NET class and a reference to where the topic is covered in the book -- having something like this has saved me hours of searching. <p>What's to Consider?<p> This book uses a lot of C# fragments to demonstrate how classes are used, but contains very few full "working" examples. I found this to be great once I knew the basics of C# (because I could focus on the topic), but difficult at first (because I could not play with complete code). <p> C# for Java Developers covers much more of the .NET Framework than the other books in my local bookstore, but because of this the text can be dense at times, as the authors try and pack in a bit too much detail. <p> I can't find major fault with this book, and a (small) part of me admires Microsoft for publishing such an unbiased book. <p>Summary<p> If you are a Java programmer who wants or needs to learn about C# and .NET, then this is a great book. Don't be put off by the

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