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C Programming

by Jesse Liberty

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Jesse Liberty's Programming C# provides an adept and extremely well conceived guide to the C# language and is written for the developer with some previous C++, Java, and/or Visual Basic experience.

It's no secret that many computer books are pretty much devoid of an authorial personality. This title is a winning exception. The author is able to weave in clever examples (using such topics as his own long experience in computing, his dog, Star Trek, etc.) without being coy or getting in the way of presenting real technical information. Liberty's wide experience in computers and general writing skill shows, as he is able to draw on a wealth of examples to move his text forward.

These are a couple of goals at work in Programming C#. First, it's an excellent language tutorial, certainly one of the smartest and best available guides to C# as a language. Early chapters explore basic and obscure language options using inheritance, delegation, interface, and the conventions in C# used to implement these techniques. The middle part of the book turns toward the .NET Framework itself, with two useful (and somewhat introductory) chapters on both Windows Forms and Web Forms, for standalone and Web-based applications, respectively.

Later sections crank up the technical knowledge again with several advanced topics on understanding .NET assemblies and deployment in detail, as well as "reflection" APIs that allow .NET programs to essentially modify their code at run time. (One technique, reflection emit, which literally writes bytecodes, will definitely interest expert readers, though it's unlikely most programmers will need to do this.) Final sections look at the .NET stream classes (rivaled only by Java's for complexity). Liberty looks at basic file and network I/O as well as how objects get serialized and marshaled both for SOAP and Web services and "normal" .NET remoting.

The author's sure hand here in navigating the difficult waters of C# and .NET makes for a relatively concise text that is chock-full of useful information on C#. Filled with notably clever and inventive examples, this book is possibly this veteran computer author's best title to date, and it's sure to be a noteworthy resource as experienced developers tackle C# for the first time. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to C# and the .NET platform
  • A "Hello World" example in C#
  • Tutorial to C# as an object-oriented programming language (types and variables, operators, namespaces, and preprocessor directives)
  • Defining classes in C# (including static members, finalizers, overloading, and read-only fields)
  • Inheritance and polymorphism implemented in C#
  • Operator overloading
  • Structures in C#, interfaces, arrays, and indexers
  • Built-in .NET collections, strings, and regular expression support
  • Structured exception handling
  • Delegate and events
  • Introduction to programming with Windows Forms
  • ADO.NET database APIs (including basic XML support)
  • Quick introduction to Web Forms and ASP.NET used with C#
  • Introduction to Web services (SOAP, WSDL, and Discover services described)
  • In-depth guide to .NET assemblies (including metadata, versioning, private and shared assemblies)
  • C# support for attributes and reflection (including reflection emit techniques)
  • Marshaling and remoting (with and without SOAP)
  • Threads and synchronization
  • Tutorial to C#/.NET streams (including basic I/O techniques, Web streams, and serialization)
  • COM and .NET interoperability

Book Description
C# is designed from the ground up for development on Microsoft's new .NET framework. As such, it's a high-performance language that's simple, safe, object-oriented, and Internet-centric. Programming C# teaches this new language in a way that experienced programmers will appreciate--by grounding its applications firmly in the context of Microsoft's .NET platform and the development of desktop and Internet applications.

The first part of this book introduces C# fundamentals, then goes on to explain:

  • Classes and objects
  • Inheritance and polymorphism
  • Operator overloading
  • Structs and interfaces
  • Arrays, indexers, and collections
  • String objects and regular expressions
  • Exceptions and bug handling
  • Delegates and events

Part two of Programming C# focuses on development of desktop and Internet applications, including Windows Forms, ADO.NET and ASP.NET. ASP.NET includes Web Forms, for rapid development of web applications, and Web Services for creating objects without user interfaces, to provide services over the Internet.

Part three gets to the heart of the .NET Framework, focusing on attributes and reflection, remoting, threads and synchronization, and streams. Part three also illustrates how to interoperate with COM objects.

In much the way that you can see the features and personality of the parents and grandparents in young children, you can easily see the influence of Java, C++, Visual Basic, and other languages in C#. The level of information in Programming C# allows you to become productive quickly with C# and to rely on it as a powerful addition to your family of mastered programming languages.

Book Info
Introduces C# fundamentals, then goes on to explain the developments of desktop and Internet applications, including Windows Forms, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, and Web Services. Illustrates how to interoperate with CO objects. Previous edition c2001. Softcover.

From the Publisher
This book is based on beta 2 of the .NET Framework.

About the Author
Jesse Liberty is the author of a dozen books on object-oriented, C++, and web programming, including the forthcoming Programming ASP.NET from O'Reilly. Jesse is the president of Liberty Associates, Inc., where he provides .NET training, contract-programming, and consulting. He is a former Vice President of electronic delivery for Citibank, and a former Distinguished Software Engineer and architect for AT&T, Ziff Davis, Xerox, and PBS.



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