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The trickle of .NET projects is becoming a flood as developers and their employers begin to appreciate the power of .NET and seek to take advantage of it. In programming .NET, you have several languages to choose from, and you might as well start with the most powerful one: C#.
C# Weekend Crash Course is a gentle, easy introduction to C# that lets you dive right in and start writing programs, PDQ. Like all the Crash Courses, it's organized into 30 bite-size, half-hour lessons, each building on what's come before. Each lesson ends with a quick review and a brief quiz to make sure you're still with the program. It's easy to squeeze your learning into short blocks of time -- and if you really do have a whole weekend to spare, you can take a complete C# course in just that time.
You'll start with a Hello World variant; then master strings, variables (including C#'s three new variable types); mathematical and logical operations, and flow control. Randy Davis next introduces classes and objects, showing how multiple functions can exist within a class, how to declare and scope classes, how to use references, and how C# garbage collection handles memory management for you.
In the next section -- "Saturday afternoon" if you're keeping track -- Davis takes you deeper into object-oriented programming. Through simple examples, you'll master constructors, arrays, inheritance, abstract classes, and interfaces. You'll learn about C# namespaces, which make it easy to access all the objects your program needs; and about C#'s core system classes.
"Sunday" moves you into Windows development. You'll master file I/O and exception handling, use the Forms Designer to build your interface, work with controls, and learn how to use event processing to make your buttons actually do stuff when they're clicked.
C# Weekend Crash Course is easy, painless, quick, and effective. C# for yourself. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.