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The first edition of this book was released at the 2001 Tech-Ed conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, the .NET platform was still a beta product, and in many ways, so was this book. This is not to say that the early editions of this text did not have merit—after all, the book was a 2002 Jolt Award finalist and it won the 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award. However, over the years that author Andrew Troelsen spent working with the common language runtime (CLR), he gained a much deeper understanding of the...

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Overview

The first edition of this book was released at the 2001 Tech-Ed conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, the .NET platform was still a beta product, and in many ways, so was this book. This is not to say that the early editions of this text did not have merit—after all, the book was a 2002 Jolt Award finalist and it won the 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award. However, over the years that author Andrew Troelsen spent working with the common language runtime (CLR), he gained a much deeper understanding of the .NET platform and the subtleties of the C# programming language, and he feels that this fifth edition of the book is as close to a “final release” as he’s come yet.

This new edition has been comprehensively revised and rewritten to make it accurately reflect the C# 4 language specification for the .NET 4 platform. You’ll find new chapters covering the important concepts of dynamic lookups, named and optional arguments, Parallel LINQ (PLINQ), improved COM interop, and variance for generics.

If you’re checking out this book for the first time, do understand that it's targeted at experienced software professionals and/or graduate students of computer science (so don't expect three chapters on iteration or decision constructs!). The mission of this text is to provide you with a rock-solid foundation in the C# programming language and the core aspects of the .NET platform (assemblies, remoting, Windows Forms, Web Forms, ADO.NET, XML web services, etc.). Once you digest the information presented in these 25 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.

What you’ll learn

  • Be the first to understand the .NET 4 platform and Visual C# 2010.
  • Discover the ins and outs of the leading .NET technology.
  • Learn from an award-winning author who has been teaching the .NET world since version 1.0.
  • Find complete coverage of the WPF, WCF, and WF foundations that support the core .NET platform.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone with some software development experience who is interested in the new .NET Framework 4 and the C# language. Whether you are moving to .NET for the first time or are already writing applications on .NET 2.0 or .NET 3.5, this book will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the new technology and serve as a complete reference throughout your coding career.

Table of Contents

  1. The Philosophy of NET
  2. Building C# Applications
  3. Core C# Programming Constructs, Part I
  4. Core C# Programming Constructs, Part II
  5. Defining Encapsulated Class Types
  6. Understanding Inheritance and Polymorphism
  7. Understanding Structured Exception Handling
  8. Understanding Object Lifetime
  9. Working with Interfaces
  10. Understanding Generics
  11. Delegates, Events, and Lambdas
  12. Advanced C# Language Features
  13. LINQ to Objects
  14. Configuring NET Assemblies
  15. Type Reflection, Late Binding, and Attribute-Based Prog
  16. Processes, AppDomains, and Object Contexts
  17. Understanding CIL and the Role of Dynamic Assemblies
  18. Dynamic Types and the Dynamic Language Runtime
  19. Multithreaded and Parallel Programming
  20. File I/O and Object Serialization
  21. ADO.NET Part I: The Connected Layer
  22. ADO.NET Part II: The Disconnected Layer
  23. ADO.NET Part III: The Entity Framework
  24. Introducing LINQ to XML
  25. Introducing Windows Communication Foundation
  26. Introducing Windows Workflow Foundation 40
  27. Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation and XAML
  28. Programming with WPF Controls
  29. WPF Graphics Rendering Services
  30. WPF Resources, Animations, and Styles
  31. WPF Control Templates and UserControls
  32. Building ASP.NET Web Pages
  33. ASP.NET Web Controls, Master Pages and Theme
  34. ASP.NET State Management Techniques
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430225492
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1752
  • Sales rank: 815,754
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 2.50 (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 September 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Pro C# 2010 and the .NET4 Platform is one of the best books to get you started on the .NET 4 platform. At over 1500 pages, this book is massive but very educational and well worth the money. The authors' writing style is easy to read and the code examples provided really helped. The book is separated into 7 parts that increase in depth and detail. If you are totally new to .NET, I would recommend you start on Part 1. It first goes over what the book calls, "The Philosophy of .Net." It follows with Chapter2, which covers building in the IDE. In other words, it lays the groundwork that is needed for the remaining chapters to expound on. Part 2 goes over type conversions, equality operators, arrays, enums, structure, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and almost ends with Chapter 7 on exception handling. Before part 2 ends, the authors' throw in Chapter 8, which covers the Object lifetime cycle. In part 3, which is comprised of Chapters 9 - 13, the authors explain interfaces and its uses, generics, overloading, and linq to objects. I skipped part 4 as it was a little too deep for me, but I ended up part 6, "Building Desktop User Interfaces with WPF." I ended here because I am working on a project that uses WPF and this book helped me advance in the project. Typically, I am weary about thick and heavy books as they usually contain a lot of what I call "wasted words" material. However, this book really was the opposite. It really delivered.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    The best computer programming book I have read.

    This book is a must have for all serious C# developers, or those who want to be serious C# or OOP developers. Andrew Troelsen has put together a masterpiece. There is not a wasted word in this text. Every subject is well thought out. It is organized in a manor that forces you to retain, and encourages you to get actively involved in building the examples. So many times I have had a good book that had some good examples after reading through two or more times to understand. This book however is totally different. It is so easy to understand yet the material is advanced enough for seasoned professionals. I can't wait to apply some of the information I have learned to projects I am working on. I am especially excited to begin using some parallel programming techniques Andrew presents. Thank you Andrew and Apress.

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