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.NET 3.0 was more of an augmentative release, essentially providing three new APIs: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). As you would expect, coverage of the "W's" has been ...

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Overview

The first edition of this book was released at the 2001 Tech Ed conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that time, this text has been revised, tweaked, and enhanced to account for the changes found within each release of the .NET platform (1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and now 3.5).

.NET 3.0 was more of an augmentative release, essentially providing three new APIs: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). As you would expect, coverage of the "W's" has been expanded a great deal in this version of the book from the previous Special Edition text.

Unlike .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5 provides dozens of C# language features and .NET APIs. This edition of the book will walk you through all of this material using the same readable approach as was found in previous editions. Rest assured, you'll find detailed coverage of Language Integrated Query (LINQ), the C# 2008 language changes (automatic properties, extension methods, anonymous types, etc.) and the numerous bells and whistles of Visual Studio 2008.

What you’ll learn

  • Everything you need to know—get up to speed with C# 2008 quickly and efficiently.
  • Discover all the new .NET 3.5 features—Language Integrated Query, anonymous types, extension methods, automatic properties, and more.
  • Get a professional foothold—targeted to appeal to experienced software professionals, this book gives you the facts you need the way you need to see them.
  • A rock-solid foundation—focuses on everything you need to be a successful .NET 3.5 programmer, not just the new features. Get comfortable with all the core aspects of the platform — including assemblies, remoting, Windows Forms, Web Forms, ADO.NET, XML web services, and much more.

Who this book is for

If you're checking out this book for the first time, understand that it targets experienced software professionals and/or students of computer science (so please don't expect three chapters devoted to "for" loops). The mission of this text is to provide you with a rock-solid foundation to the C# 2008 programming language and the core aspects of the .NET platform (object-oriented programming, assemblies, file IO, Windows Forms/WPF, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF, WF, etc.). Once you digest the information presented in these 33 chapters, you'll be in a perfect position to apply this knowledge to your specific programming assignments, and you'll be well equipped to explore the .NET universe on your own terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590598849
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1370
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 2.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at Intertech Inc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier five-star treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his top-notch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NET-related conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup. You can check out his blog at AndrewTroelsen.blogspot.com.
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Fantastic resource

    This book presents a variety of topic in clear, exhaustive detail. It explains not only the internals of the C# platform, but does so wrapped in real world application examples that help map the theory to the practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Deserves the 'Pro' classification

    Visually this book is easy to read. A detailed 37 page index and bold page numbers at the top of the pages make it easy to quickly locate desired information. Sometimes the term 'Pro' is used in the title of books that don't really deserve that classification. In my opinion, this book has very much earned the 'Pro' designation. While the C# language is covered in detail, no time is wasted describing what an array or variable is. Another example, the book spends more time explaining how to implement encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism within the language than explaining these basic OO concepts. So if you are new to programming, look elsewhere. The style of writing might be described as a touch dry. Not much in the way of humor or such, but then again this is a 'Pro' book. You are reading it for information, not entertainment. In many respects this book is a two in one deal. The first ~450 pages are a thorough coverage of the C# language. The remainder being an extensive look at the .NET framework. In short I would describe the book as a very comprehensive guide to C# 2008 and the 3.5 version of the .NET framework recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    A great read, and a great reference

    This book seems quite long when you pick it up. Plus there's the bonus material you can get, taking the book to much longer. And still there are times when you want it to go just a little deeper into some topics. But what a great book! It reads well, so there's no problem going from cover to cover. But as well as that, it's nicely arranged into sensible chapters, so you can come back to it as a reference as well. Of course it doesn't go very deep into many areas. It's not a book about WCF, but gives a good overview and foundation of it. The same applies for those other .Net 3.5 areas. But this is a book mainly about C#, and it would be three times the length if it tried to comprehensively cover all the rest. Andrew Troelsen has done a really good job with this book - it's going to be one that I leave 'electronically' on my laptop so I can get to it quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    #1 Bible of .NET Framework Fundamentals

    After the recent release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET framework 3.5, I was eager to get my hands on a book that would allow me to quickly grasp all the new features in C# 2008. As always I look to the professional series on .NET from APress. This book is the first one I picked out because its previous edition covering C# 2005 and .NET Framework 3.0 is one of my favorite .NET books. This new edition offers readers a good understanding of all the C# 2008 language features and solid fundamentals of LINQ. It also expands on many of the topics found in the previous edition. You'll find much more in-depth coverage of the .NET framework 3.0 material such WCF, WF and WPF. With a whooping 1370 pages divided into 33 chapters that cover various building blocks of .NET framework, this book is no doubt my #1 bible of .NET framework fundamentals. If this is not enough, you'll find an additional five chapters for free on APress site. I highly recommand this book not only to professional .NET developers but also someone who's just starting on .NET.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Perfect book for C# reference

    This is a very good book. I have used this (and previous editions) for a long time. The main use for me is as a great reference book. Whenever I need to clarify or get information about something I go to this book and get it all sorted out. The book is not intended for the beginner but since the examples are very good and easy to understand I would say you can use this when learning C# 2008 and .NET 3.5. The book covers WCF, WF and WPF as well, but not at the greatest depth. But on the other hand there are other books for that. I like the way Troelsen explains complicated topics in an easy to understand way. Not many authors can do that. This book will be with me for a long times, as its predecessors have been. Buy it and enjoy it.

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