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Wouldn't it be nice if someone condensed Microsoft's .NET platform into one concise, objective guide? A book that covered the key technologies (and their implications) from a programmer's standpoint? A book that anticipates the types of questions you really have? .NET Framework Essentials is that book. Based on a training course Thuan Thai has taught for nearly a year, this book tells you what you really want to know about .NET.
After introducing the platform and Microsoft's goals, the authors introduce .NET's Common Language Runtime, the foundation of the entire .NET architecture. Then, it's on to .NET programming. You'll see a simple program implemented in Managed C++, VB.NET, and C# (and even take a quick look at the Intermediate Language .NET generates).
There's a chapter-length survey of .NET component development with plenty of examples -- transactions, object pooling, role-based security, message queueing. There's detailed coverage of ADO.NET and XML, and of Web Forms and Windows Forms. Not least: a practical introduction to Web Services, which enable access to software components across the Web through standards such as HTTP, SMTP, and XML. (Think Hailstorm!) (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. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.