Murach's C# 2005

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This is the .NET 2.0 edition of Murach’s best-selling C# book. As its title implies, it teaches you how to develop Windows business applications from scratch, integrating all of the new 2005 features like data sources, generics, code snippets, refactoring, partial and static classes, and anonymous methods. But most C# 2005 books cover the same things. So here are several ways this book differs from the others. #1: There’s a 5-chapter section on database programming
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Overview

This is the .NET 2.0 edition of Murach’s best-selling C# book. As its title implies, it teaches you how to develop Windows business applications from scratch, integrating all of the new 2005 features like data sources, generics, code snippets, refactoring, partial and static classes, and anonymous methods. But most C# 2005 books cover the same things. So here are several ways this book differs from the others. #1: There’s a 5-chapter section on database programming
This is crucial in business applications, and it’s an area that’s changed dramatically from earlier versions of C#. So this section shows you how to use the new SQL data sources and the DataGridView control to develop database applications with little or no C# code. Then, to understand what’s going under the surface, you’ll learn to code ADO.NET to work directly with databases. Finally, you’ll learn how to create and use object data sources, also new in C# 2.0, to create 3-layer applications that keep the presentation code separate from the data access code, while providing the data binding that’s one of the key benefits of using data sources. #2: The OOP section deals with business objects, not cats and dogs
Knowing how object-oriented programming works is key to being a top C# developer. Many books explain OOP by using examples that are meant to be easily understood, like illustrating objects with animal classes such as mammals, cats, and dogs. However, the analogy breaks down as you try to figure out how to apply it to business applications. So this book presents business objects like customers, invoices, and products to show you how OOP is applied in the real world. #3: It teaches development the way it should be done today, using Visual Studio
Today, no developer should miss out on the productivity features of Visual Studio 2005. So we don’t waste your time showing you how to code programs using limited tools like text editors. Instead, chapters 1-3 teach you how to set up and use VS 2005 to develop Windows applications so that you can take advantage of time-savers like refactoring and the interactive debugger right from the start. Then, later chapters cover VS tools for specific tasks, like one-click deployment. #4: Complete applications show how all the pieces interact
The key to mastering C# development is to have plenty of real-world examples that guide you in using the new features you’re learning interact...and that help you avoid the problems that you can run into as you build complex applications. That’s why this book gives you complete applications for functions like order entry (these can be downloaded for free from the Murach web site). #5: The paired-pages format lets developers set their own pace
Murach books have a distinctive format, where each two-page spread presents a single topic. Both beginning and experienced developers find that this format makes it easy to focus on the information they need, whether they’re using the book for training or reference. To see how this works, you can download sample chapters for free from the Murach web site.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890774370
  • Publisher: Murach, Mike & Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Section 1   Introduction to C# programming
     Chapter 1   Introduction to Visual Studio .NET
     Chapter 2   How to design a Windows Forms application
     Chapter 3   How to code and test a Windows Forms application
Section 2  The C# language essentials
     Chapter 4   How to work with numeric and string data
     Chapter 5   How to code control structures
     Chapter 6   How to code methods and event handlers
     Chapter 7   How to handle exceptions and validate data
     Chapter 8   How to use arrays and collections
     Chapter 9   How to work with dates and strings
     Chapter 10 More skills for working with Windows forms and controls
     Chapter 11   How to debug an application
Section 3  Object-oriented programming with C#
     Chapter 12   How to create and use classes
     Chapter 13 More skills for working with classes
     Chapter 14   How to work with inheritance
     Chapter 15   How to work with interfaces, structures, and class libraries
Section 4  Database programming with C#
     Chapter 16 An introduction to database programming
     Chapter 17   How to develop a simple database application
     Chapter 18   How to work with datasets using bound controls
     Chapter 19   How to work with datasets using unbound controls
     Chapter 20   How to work with ADO.NET classes through code
Section 5  Specialized skills for C# developers
     Chapter 21   How to work with text and binary files
     Chapter 22   How to work with XML
     Chapter 23   How to enhance the user interface
Appendixes
Appendix A   How to install and use the software and files for this book
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Great for quickly updating your skills to .NET 2.0

    This is an excellent guide in using the latest version of C#, most effective for existing .NET 1.x developers looking to migrate their skill set up to v.2.0 code and concepts. The intent of the work isn't to teach C# from scratch, but more to give an overview of the major features .NET 2.0 offers. The book also serves a dual purpose - introducing the Visual Studio 2005 IDE and demonstrating how to make it work the best for you. It sports chapters on working with ADO.NET for database programming, XML, I/O, Windows Forms controls, proper OOP fundamentals (inheritance, polymorphism), creating/using business objects within custom libraries, and deployment. In particular, the deployment chapter is particularly good, showing how to properly package and ship an complete application with an embedded database. Joe Murach writes in a very friendly, succinct manner through very well-ordered chapters, making for a very welcome atmosphere for the busy developer looking to update their programming palette. The technical foundations are well-explain in concise fashion, and almost all have accompanying code and/or illustrations or screenshots. The book is a very quick read. Physically, it exhibits all the appreciated traits of the Murach library: it's printed on heavy, durable paper and bound with a sturdy spine that will sustain the quick flip-through or serious pounding in the middle of a project. In criticism, I feel the book is a bit mis-titled ¿ and in this instance, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The emphasis, rather than on the nuances of the updated language, is more on using VS2K5 to build Windows apps. I would have liked more information on developing MDI applications, as this is what most devs will ultimately work towards building. Also, while Chapter 23 - 'How to Work with XML Files' was a good start, I found it to be a tad incomplete, lacking some of the more essential concepts like XSLT and integrating XML with ADO.NET. But those minor concerns aside, this is a great book that you'll be able to read through quickly and visually, empowering you with the skills you'll need to build great .NET 2.0 desktop applications.

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