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In this all-new third edition, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of C# and find updated coverage of application deployment and globalization. You’ll gain a ...

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Overview

What is this book about?

C# is designed to work with .NET to provide a new framework for programming on the Windows platform. This comprehensive reference prepares you to program in C#, while at the same time providing the necessary background in how the .NET architecture works.

In this all-new third edition, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of C# and find updated coverage of application deployment and globalization. You’ll gain a working knowledge of the language and be able to apply it in the .NET environment, build Windows forms, access databases with ADO.NET, write components for ASP.NET, take advantage of .NET support for working with COM and COM+, and much more.

Professional C#, 3rd Edition, is the complete C# resource for developers, packed with code and examples that have been updated for the latest release — the .NET Framework 1.1 and Visual Studio .NET 2003.

What does this book cover?

Here is just a few of the things you'll discover in this book:

  • How to program in the object-oriented C# language
  • Methods for manipulating XML using C#
  • Integration with COM, COM+, and Active Directory
  • How to write Windows applications and Windows services
  • Distributed applications with .NET Remoting
  • An understanding of .NET Assemblies
  • How to generate graphics with C#
  • Ways to control .NET security, and much more

Who is this book for?

This book is for experienced developers who are already familiar with C++, Visual Basic, or J++. No prior knowledge of C# is required.

Using C#, you can write, for example, a dynamic web page, a component of a distributed application, a database access component, or a classic Windows desktop application. Between them C# and .NET are set to revolutionise the way that you write programs and to make programming on Windows very much easier than it has ever been.

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In Professional C#, Third Edition Wrox’s Windows programming luminaries dive into every C# nook and cranny, teaching how to use it to build whatever you want: Windows apps and services, web apps, distributed components, ADO.NET database apps, ASP.NET web services -- you name it.

The previous edition earned raves. This one’s been thoroughly reorganized and updated to reflect .NET 1.1, Visual Studio .NET 2003, plus new guidance on deployment, localization, and other topics. You’ll still need a little Windows programming experience. (VB, C++, or even J++ will do: No .NET experience needed.) But if you’ve got that, this book will take you the rest of the way.

The first chapters introduce the broader .NET environment, C# syntax, and the meat-and-potatoes techniques you’ll need, from classes and inheritance to delegates, events, collections, reflection, and exceptions. There's a thorough introduction to assemblies: .NET building blocks that bring together functionality that can be constructed, versioned, and deployed as one. You'll master the latest data access and viewing techniques, and discover how to make the most of C#'s XML support.

There's practical guidance and code for implementing .NET security, including detailed coverage of the command-line Code Access Security Policy tool. There’s also a chapter-length introduction to building distributed applications with .NET remoting. From COM interoperability to Active Directory/ADSI to advanced GDI+ graphics, it’s in here: practical help, and lots of sample code. These authors have been around the block with C#. Their efficient, no-nonsense instruction is a breath of fresh air. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764557590
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1224
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Robinson is the editor-in-chief of ASP Today, one of the leading sites related to Web programming on the Windows platform. Simon’s first experience of commercial computer programming was in the early 1980s, when a computer project he was working on at college became the school’s student timetabling program, running on the BBC Micro. Later he studied for a Ph.D. in physics and subsequently spent a couple of years working as a university physics researcher. From there he moved on to working as a computer programmer, then writing books about programming, and finally on to his present job at ASP Today.
He has an extremely broad experience of programming on Windows. These days his core specialty is .NET programming. He is comfortable coding in C++, C#, VB, and IL, and has skills ranging from graphics and Windows Forms to ASP.NET to directories and data access to Windows services and the native Windows API.
Simon lives in Lancaster, UK. His outside interests include theater, dance, performing arts, and politics. You can visit Simon’s Web site, http://www.SimonRobinson.com.

Christian Nagel is an independent software architect and developer who offers training and consulting on how to design and develop Microsoft .NET solutions. He looks back to more than 15 years’ experience as a developer and software architect. Christian started his computing career with PDP 11 and VAX/VMS platforms, covering a variety of languages and platforms. Since the year 2000—when .NET was just a technology preview—he has been working with various .NET technologies to build distributed solutions. With his profound knowledge of Microsoft technologies, he has also written numerous .NET books; is certified as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Solution Developer (MCSD), and Systems Engineer (MCSE); and is the Microsoft Regional Director for Austria. Christian is a speaker at international conferences (TechED, DevDays, VCDC) and is the regional manager of INETA Europe (International .NET User Group Association) supporting .NET user groups. You can contact Christian via his Web site, http://www.christiannagel.com.

Jay Glynn started writing software nearly 20 years ago, writing applications for the PICK operating system using PICK basic. Since then, he has created software using Paradox PAL and Object PAL, Delphi, VBA, Visual Basic, C, C++, Java, and of course C#. He is currently a Project coordinator and Architect for a large financial services company in Nashville, Tennessee, working on software for the TabletPC platform. He can be contacted at jlsglynn@hotmail.com.

Morgan Skinner began his computing career at a tender age on a Sinclair ZX80 at school, where he was underwhelmed by some code a teacher had written and so began programming in assembly language. After getting hooked on Z80 (which he believes is far better than those paltry 3 registers on the 6502), he graduated through the school’s ZX81s to his own ZX Spectrum.
Since then he’s used all sorts of languages and platforms, including VAX Macro Assembler, Pascal, Modula2, Smalltalk, X86 assembly language, PowerBuilder, C/C++, VB, and currently C#. He’s been programming in .NET since the PDC release in 2000, and liked it so much, he joined Microsoft in 2001. He now works in Premier Support for Developers and spends most of his time assisting customers with C#.
You can reach Morgan at http://www.morganskinner.com.

Karli Watson is a freelance author and the technical director of 3form Ltd (http://www.3form.net). Despite starting out by studying nanoscale physics, the lure of cold, hard cash proved too much and dragged Karli into the world of computing. He has since written numerous books on .NET and related technologies, SQL, mobile computing, and a novel that has yet to see the light of day (but that doesn’t have any computers in it). Karli is also known for his multicolored clothing, is a snowboarding enthusiast, and still wishes he had a cat.

Bill Evjen is an active proponent of the .NET technologies and community-based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000 and has since become president of the St. Louis .NET User Group (http://www.stlusergroups.org). Bill is also the founder and executive director of the International .NET association (http://www.ineta.org), which represents more than 125,000 members worldwide. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Bill is an acclaimed author and speaker on ASP.NET and XMLWeb services. He has written XMLWeb Services for ASP.NET, Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications, Visual Basic .NET Bible, and ASP.NET Professional Secrets (all published by Wiley). Bill is a Technical Director for Reuters, the international news and financial services company. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a Russian language degree. You can reach Bill at evjen@yahoo.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The C# Language.

Chapter 1: .NET Architecture.

Chapter 2: C# Basics.

Chapter 3: Objects and Types.

Chapter 4: Inheritance.

Chapter 5: Operators and Casts.

Chapter 6: Delegates and Events.

Chapter 7: Memory Management and Pointers.

Chapter 8: Strings and Regular Expressions.

Chapter 9: Collections.

Chapter 10: Reflection.

Chapter 11: Errors and Exceptions.

Part II: The .NET Environment.

Chapter 12: Visual Studio .NET.

Chapter 13: Assemblies

Chapter 14: .NET Security.

Chapter 15: Threading.

Chapter 16: Distributed Applications with .NET Remoting.

Chapter 17: Localization.

Chapter 18: Deployment.

Part III: Windows Forms.

Chapter 19: Windows Forms.

Chapter 20: Graphics with GDI+.

Part IV: Data.

Chapter 21: Data Access with .NET.

Chapter 22: Viewing .NET Data.

Chapter 23: Manipulating XML.

Chapter 24: Working with Active Directory.

Part V: Web Programming.

Chapter 25: ASP.NET Pages.

Chapter 26: Web Services.

Chapter 27: User Controls and Custom Controls.

Part VI: Interop.

Chapter 28: COM Interoperability.

Chapter 29: Enterprise Services.

Part VII: Windows Base Services.

Chapter 30: File and Registry Operations.

Chapter 31: Accessing the Internet.

Chapter 32: Windows Services.

At www.wrox.com.

Appendix A: Principles of Object-Oriented Programming.

Appendix B: C# for Visual Basic 6 Developers.

Appendix C: C# for Java Developers.

Appendix D: C# for C++ Developers.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    Just bought it

    Just by looking at this book for a few minutes made me realize this is what I need to learn C#. They don't focus on the basics which is really nice. I got tired of the 'hello world' stuff in beginner books, but this book is definitely one that a programmer can seriously learn from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    keeps up with latest C#

    C# is still a relatively new language. But here Wiley/Wrox is already on the third iteration of this book! Very up to date, with the latest C# capabilities. Just as importantly, the book has extensive coverage of how C# integrates into .NET. Specifically including how to make Microsoft Windows Forms, and how to make dynamic web pages by combining C# with ASP.NET's components. Also of interest to some of you will be the sections showing how to use C# to connect to a SQL engine, like Microsoft's SQL Server. In fact, one key message of the book is that C# derives a lot of its value from being tied into .NET and its associated family of packages. The book has over a thousand pages of details, but this take home idea concisely conveys much of the authors' intent. As the side note, the C# Collections include what Microsoft calls Dictionaries. As the authors explain, this is a data structure that is more generally known as a hash table or map. [Cf. Knuth's 'Art of Computer Programming', vol 3.] Yes, there is a .NET class called Hashtable. But you might think that in the interests of conforming with a straightforward industry usage, Microsoft might have dropped 'Dictionaries'.

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