Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days
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This book will take you, step by step, through learning C#, the computer industry's newest and most productive language. This complete guide covers topics from basic program construction to intermediate level application engineering. Following "21 days" formula, this book is a three week intensive course for the beginning programmer who wishes to get started with this exiting new coding standard. The comprehensive lesson plan will enable the reader to understand, design and build applications that are compatible with the new Microsoft .net framework.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hits The Major Topics,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days (Paperback)I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and its ability to bring one up to speed with C#. He covers some very basic concepts such as structures, classes, indexers, and advanced topics such as delegates. All the constructs that one needs in order to put the language to work are detailed.
If you are looking for a quick, down and dirty book to jump start your knowledge of the language I would rate the book 5 stars.
One of the biggest challenges with OO languages is not using a procedural style when writing code. The author no doubt has a handle on the C# language. But I don't think he has a handle on OO. As the author mentions, everything in C# is class. With this in mind, I would expect to see good class design throughout the book.
My criticism, which I hope is taken with a grain of salt, is that the examples which wrap up a week's lesson are too procedural. They are spaghetti code that I personally would re-factor before publishing. There is a Main method that is hundreds of... Read more
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Great Introduction To C#!,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days (Paperback)Focus of this book is on the language itself - It doesn't get side-tracked talking about Visual Studio and .NET in general, like many C# books. It is written in a clear, friendly tone and the concepts and definitions are easy to understand. The organization is also well thought-out. Like all 21 Days books, it is divided into 3 weeks of 7 days (chapters) each. In this book, Week 1 covers language basics, like using the compiler, variables, operators, control statements and an introduction to classes and methods. Week 2 goes into more intermediate language topics like enumerators, arrays, exception handling, inheritance, interfaces and delegates. Finally, Week 3 introduces a some advanced C# topics like operator overloading and reflection as well as demonstrating how C# fits with the rest of the .NET world, specifically, the .NET Framework, Windows Forms, Web Services and Web Forms.
One caveat: If you don't have a lot of programming experience, the first couple of days cover... Read more
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
All the C# that you need to get started,
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days (Paperback)I have heard much about C# (pronounced C-sharp) over the last year, ranging from the bitter to the laudatory. In reading other books about the language, I was unable to formulate an opinion regarding the impact it will have. Well, after reading this book, it is clear that C# will have a major impact, and in this restricted job market, it is an excellent career move to learn how to use it. For years, I have heard C++ referred to as a "safer C", which is of course nonsense. In my experience, the sheer size of C++ makes it more, not less dangerous than C. However, in my opinion, there is no question that C# is a safer C. It retains some of the more attractive features of C++, such as operator overloading, yet the more dangerous concepts such as memory management and multiple inheritance are eliminated.
Before reading this book, I had some experience with C# and was looking for a text to use in the corporate training classes that I am creating. My search has ended. The lessons... Read more
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Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Q&A, and Workshop.)
WEEK 1. AT A GLANCE.
WEEK 2. AT A GLANCE.
WEEK 3. AT A GLANCE.
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