Introducing .NET 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010 [NOOK Book]

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Microsoft has introduced a large number of changes to the way that the .NET Framework operates. Familiar technologies have being altered, best practices replaced, and developer methodologies adjusted. Many developers find it hard to keep up with the pace of change across .NET's ever-widening array of technologies. You may know what's happening in C#, but how about the Azure cloud? How is that going to affect your work? What are the limitations of the pLINQ syntax? What you need is a roadmap. A guide to help ...

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Overview

Microsoft has introduced a large number of changes to the way that the .NET Framework operates. Familiar technologies have being altered, best practices replaced, and developer methodologies adjusted. Many developers find it hard to keep up with the pace of change across .NET's ever-widening array of technologies. You may know what's happening in C#, but how about the Azure cloud? How is that going to affect your work? What are the limitations of the pLINQ syntax? What you need is a roadmap. A guide to help you see the innovations that matter and to give you a head start on the opportunities available in the new framework.



Introducing .NET 4.0: with Visual Studio 2010 is designed to provide you with just that roadmap. It serves as a no-nonsense primer that will help experienced .NET developers understand the impact of the new framework and its associated technologies. This book will keep you updated on the changes and help you to seize new opportunities confidently and quickly.



What youÂ’ll learn


  • Get an overview and brief history of each new or changing technology that puts it into context


  • Familiarize yourself with key concepts and opportunities through highly accessible tutorials


  • Understand how to perform common tasks in new technology areas such as pLINQ


  • Gain expert performance tips


  • See examples of real-world applications of each technology to help you learn how a technology can be put to work




Who this book is for


The book is aimed at .NET 3.5 developers who will be trying to come to grips with .NET 4.0 and the associated supporting technologies, such as ASP.NET MVC, and pLINQ, which will be changing the way they need to think about creating applications.



Table of Contents


  1. Introduction


  2. The Visual Studio IDE and MEF


  3. Language and Dynamic Changes


  4. CLR and BCL Changes


  5. Parallelization and Threading Enhancements


  6. Windows Workflow Foundation 4


  7. Windows Communication Foundation


  8. Entity Framework


  9. WCF Data Services


  10. ASP.NET


  11. ASP.NET AJAX Framework


  12. jQuery


  13. ASP.NET MVC


  14. Silverlight Introduction


  15. WPF 4.0 and Silverlight 3.0


  16. Windows Azure




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430224563
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Alex Mackey is an experienced web consultant with over 12 years experience in web development. He wrote the predecessor to this book, Introducing .NET 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010 (Apress), and is a Microsoft MVP Internet Explorer: Development.

Alex has just started a new position with the Australian-based consultancy Kiandra (http://kiandra.com.au/). He previously worked for another consultancy, Readify, in Melbourne, Australia.

Alex is very active in the development community and has spoken at a number of large conferences including TechEd, Remix, and Australian ALM. Alex also runs the annual community-development conference DDD Melbourne and user group DevEve.net.
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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    A worthy overview of what's to come

    Alex Mackey does a very fine job of giving a very high level overview of the massive amount of changes being introduced with .Net 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. The first several chapters discuss some of the "core" changes to the framework and IDE. These chapters felt very forced and rushed. Most of the sections were too short to be provide much information but long enough that they left you with the impression that you should have gotten more out of them. I will credit the author that he gave great additional references at the end of every chapter for further reading. That's not to say it was all bad. The sections in Chapter 3 on MEF, Named and Optional Parameters, the VB.NET changes, and Variance were great.

    For me the book started to shine after Chapter 5 when the author started tackling some of the specific technologies. In particular Chapter 8 on the Entity Framework was excellent. He did a great job leading into the next chapter about WCF Data Services and bridging the topics together (and with Chapter 7 on WCF).

    One chapter that I think is out of place is Chapter 14 - Silverlight Introduction. The author justifies its inclusion in the book because Silverlight released after Visual Studio 2008, but it really does not fall in with .Net 4.0 or Visual Studio 2010. I can't help but to feel that the book real-estate could have been better utilized by delving deeper into some of the other new technologies and the reader left to brush up the basics of Silverlight.

    The book is fairly well structured. The only complaint I have about how the book is laid out is that the author occassionally referred to REST and RESTful services starting with Chapter 7 on WCF, but never actually explains it until the last chapter on Azure. The table of contents even lists a section on REST in Chapter 7, but that chapter only mentions it in passing (may it is an issue with my print). Be mindful that I encountered quite a few spelling and grammar errors as well.

    With this book you'll get a pretty comprehensive outline of the changes in Microsoft's latest iteration of the .Net Framework and Visual Studio IDE. All that major new or significantly updated technologies get at least some attention. Don't read this book if you aren't already familiar with developing in prior versions.

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