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Illustrated C# 2010

Illustrated C# 2010

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by Daniel Solis

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This book presents the C# language in a uniquely succinct and visual format. Often in programming books, the information can be hidden in a vast sea of words. As a programmer who has over the years used a dozen programming languages, the author understands it can sometimes be difficult to slog through another 1,000-page book of dense text to learn a


This book presents the C# language in a uniquely succinct and visual format. Often in programming books, the information can be hidden in a vast sea of words. As a programmer who has over the years used a dozen programming languages, the author understands it can sometimes be difficult to slog through another 1,000-page book of dense text to learn a new language. There are likely many other programmers who feel the same way. To address this situation, this book explains C# using figures; short, focused code samples; and clear, concise explanations.

Figures are of prime importance in this book. While teaching programming seminars, Daniel Solis found that he could almost watch the lightbulbs going on over the students’ heads as he drew the figures on the whiteboard. In this text, he has distilled each important concept into simple but accurate illustrations. The visual presentation of the content will give you an understanding of C# that’s not possible with text alone.

For something as intricate and precise as a programming language, however, there must be text as well as figures. But rather than long, wordy explanations, Solis has used short, concise descriptions and bulleted lists to make each important piece of information visually distinct.

By the end of this book, you’ll have a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of the C# language, whether you’re a novice programmer or a seasoned veteran of other languages. If you want a long, leisurely, verbose explanation of the language, this is not the book for you. But if you want a concise, thorough, visual presentation of C#, this is just what you’re looking for.

What you’ll learn
  • Details of the C# 2010 language presented in a clear, concise treatment
  • New features in the latest version of .NET, in the author’s unique visual style
  • How C# differs from and is similar to other programming languages, aiding migrating C++ and VB programmers who already know how languages work
Who this book is for

  • Visual Basic programmers interested in moving to C#
  • C++ programmers interested in moving to C#
  • Novice programmers interested in learning C#
  • Students in introductory programming classes learning C#

Table of Contents
  1. C# and the .NET Framework
  2. Overview of C# Programming
  3. Types, Storage and Variables
  4. Classes: The Basics
  5. Methods
  6. More about Classes
  7. Classes and Inheritance
  8. Expressions and Operators
  9. Statements
  10. Namespaces and Assemblies
  11. Exceptions
  12. Structs
  13. Enumerations
  14. Arrays
  15. Delegates
  16. Events
  17. Interfaces
  18. Conversions
  19. Generics
  20. Enumerators and Iterators
  21. Introduction to LINQ
  22. Introduction to Asynchronous Programming
  23. Preprocessor Directives
  24. Reflection and Attributes
  25. Other Topics

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Meet the Author

Daniel Solis is a contract software engineer who has worked for a number of high-profile clients, including Microsoft Consulting Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and PeopleSoft. He has been programming and teaching object-oriented languages and development methods throughout the U.S. and Europe since the early days of C++. It was while teaching numerous seminars on various programming languages that he realized the immense power of diagrams in explaining programming language concepts.

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A_C_plusplus_Programmer More than 1 year ago
Over the past 10 years, C# has evolved into a rather complex computer language. C# is the de facto language for developing applications for .NET environment. As .NET platform evolves, so does C#. (It is statically type, object oriented based language, and yet supports dynamically type, generic, and some functional programming style.) To learn to use C# properly requires efforts and good text book. Illustrated C# 2010 is one of the few good books for the subject on the market right now. However, the book does not teach basic programming, nor does it teach windows GUI programming. It's strictly for teaching how to write programs in the latest version of C#. The author assumes readers have had some programming experience. Because the book's format, it's also an excellent C# 4 reference for professional programers. It's in the same category of book as "C# 4 in a NutShell." But illustrated C# 2010 is way much easier to comprehend than the NutShell book due to author's writing stype. Each topic is covered thorougly first by simple, easy to understand short paragraph with well illustrated figures and diagrams, then a short (less than half a page) of complete C# example is given with output. The book also has a very detail table of content and an useful index. The book covers following topics: Namespace, assembly, Classes, Structs, dynamic, anonymous function, inheritance, methods, expressions, statements, operators, boxing, unboxing, enumerators, iterators, exceptions, interfaces, delegates, events, type conversions, arrays, generics, lambda expression, linq, reflection, attributes, covariance, contra-variance, Task Paralell library, and more. The book is a joy to read and learn from. It's highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick and concise overview this is a good reference book. But there is very little why and how. Leaves you wanting when you try to figure out why a specific language feature is designed the way it is or when and how to use it. Would have liked some examples of this.
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Johann50 More than 1 year ago
As a programmer for many, many years and in transition to master C# the idea of the Apress Illustrated book series was a great help for me. It is so easy not just to read endless text, but having the graphic layout as support. I can say this for Illustrated C# 2008, my first book from this series, and now for the 2010 edition with all the new features in C#, it brings me up to speed again. Special the well organized style makes it easy to me, to understand areas which I always struggled. Since parts of C# have new terms, with this books it is the first time, that I can explore deeper in areas, which I mostly avoided (Structs, Delegates, Generics, etc) without reading for hours. I would recommend this book for the entry level as well as a valuable endorsement for experienced programmers, since it is very easy to find a topic and get the meaning in a short time due to the excellent graphic layout.