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  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-262964-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-262964-5

Foreword by Eric Lippert

Senior Developer, Microsoft Visual C# Team

Starter Kit

DVD includes Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to build great new Web and Windows applications with Visual C# 2010. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master everything from the absolute basics to the latest innovations. One step at a time, you’ll learn core techniques like flow control and error handling…discover fast, efficient ways to handle data…construct complete solutions with Visual Studio…even use advanced features like attributes and the Entity Framework. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a strong real-world foundation for success, even if you’ve never programmed with Visual C# or .NET before!

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Visual C# 2010 tasks.

Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way, Did You Know?, and Watch Out! boxes point out shortcuts and solutions.

Learn how to…

  • Master C# types, inheritance, interfaces, abstract classes, structures, and enumerations
  • Understand how to handle events and how to raise your own
  • Create more reliable, robust code by using exceptions
  • Create generic classes and interfaces
  • Utilize anonymous functions (lambdas) and LINQ query expressions
  • Interact with the file system, streams, and databases
  • Generate and query XML documents
  • Build a complete Windows application using data binding and validation—and then build the same application for the Web
  • Write more responsive software by taking advantage of threading, concurrency, and parallelism

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Introduction     1


Hour 1  The .NET Framework and C#     7

The .NET Framework     7

The C# Language     17

Visual Studio 2010     24

Writing Your First Program     27

Q&A     31

Workshop     32

Hour 2  Understanding C# Types     35

Types     36

Predefined Types     37

Operators     47

Default Values     53

Null and Nullable Types     53

Casting and Conversion     55

Q&A     59

Workshop     60

Hour 3  Understanding Classes and Objects the C# Way 63

Object-Oriented Programming     64

Component-Oriented Programming     65

Classes in C#     65

Scope and Declaration Space 66

Nested Classes     85

Partial Classes     86

Static Classes     86

Object Initializers     88

Q&A     89

Workshop     90

Hour 4  Inheritance, Interfaces, and Abstract Classes      93

Inheritance and Polymorphism     93

Abstract Classes and Members     103

Interfaces     105

Q&A     109

Workshop     111

Hour 5  Creating Enumerated Types and Structures     113

Enumerated Types     114

Structures     119

Q&A     127

Workshop     127

Hour 6  Events and Event Handling     131

Understanding Events     132

Subscribing and Unsubscribing     132

Publishing an Event     136

Raising an Event     139

Q&A     141

Workshop     142


Hour 7  Controlling Program Flow     147

Selection Statements     148

Iteration Statements     153

Jump Statements     159

Q&A     162

Workshop     163

Hour 8  Using Strings and Regular Expressions     167

Strings     168

Mutable Strings Using StringBuilder     177

Type Formatting     178

Regular Expressions     187

Q&A     190

Workshop     191

Hour 9  Working with Arrays and Collections     195

Arrays     196

Indexers     200

Generic Collections     203

Collection Initializers     217

Collection Interfaces     219

Enumerable Objects and Iterators     220

Q&A     223

Workshop     224

Hour 10  Handling Errors Using Exceptions     227

Understanding Exceptions     228

Throwing Exceptions     231

Handling Exceptions     232

Rethrowing Caught Exceptions     239

Overflow and Integer Arithmetic     241

Q&A     243

Workshop     243

Hour 11  Understanding Generics     245

Why You Should Use Generics     246

Using Generic Methods     253

Creating Generic Classes     254

Combining Generics and Arrays     257

Working with Tuples     261

Q&A     263

Workshop     264

Hour 12  Understanding Query Expressions     267

Introducing LINQ     268

Standard Query Operator Methods     279

Lambdas     280

Deferred Execution     283

Q&A     284

Workshop     285


Hour 13  Using Files and Streams     289

Files and Directories     290

Reading and Writing Data     300

Q&A     307

Workshop     308

Hour 14  Working with XML     311

Understanding the XML DOM     312

Using LINQ to XML     313

Selecting and Querying XML     319

Modifying XML     323

Q&A     326

Workshop     326

Hour 15  Working with Databases     329

Understanding ADO.NET     330

Understanding LINQ to ADO.NET     333

Q&A     342

Workshop     343


Hour 16  Debugging in Visual Studio     347

Commenting Your Code     348

Compiler and Runtime Errors     349

Debugging in Visual Studio     350

Visualizing Data     359

Q&A     361

Workshop     361

Hour 17  Building a Windows Application     363

Understanding WPF     364

Creating a WPF Application     370

Styling the Layout     379

Q&A     382

Workshop     382

Hour 18  Using Data Binding and Validation     385

Understanding Data Binding     386

Converting Data     390

Binding to Collections     395

Working with Data Templates     399

Validating Data     400

Q&A     404

Workshop     405

Hour 19  Building a Web Application     407

Understanding Web Application Architecture     408

Working with ASP.NET     408

Creating a Web Application     411

Understanding Data Validation     420

Q&A     423

Workshop     424


Hour 20  Programming with Attributes     427

Understanding Attributes     428

Working with the Common Attributes     430

Using Custom Attributes     433

Accessing Attributes at Runtime     434

Q&A     436

Workshop     436

Hour 21  Dynamic Types and Language Interoperability     439

Using Dynamic Types     439

Understanding the DLR     444

Interoperating with COM     447

Reflection Interoperability     448

Q&A     449

Workshop     450

Hour 22  Memory Organization and Garbage Collection     451

Memory Organization     452

Garbage Collection     452

Understanding IDisposable     453

Using the Dispose Pattern     455

Declaring and Using Finalizers     456

Q&A     458

Workshop     459

Hour 23  Understanding Threads, Concurrency, and Parallelism     461

Understanding Threads and Threading     462

Concurrency and Synchronization     463

Understanding the Task Parallel Library     467

Working with Parallel LINQ (PLINQ)     472

Potential Pitfalls     473

Q&A     475

Workshop     476

Hour 24  Next Steps: Silverlight, PowerShell, and Entity Framework     479

Understanding the Entity Framework     479

Introducing PowerShell     482

Silverlight     483

Index     485


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