About the Book
So what is the Nutshell?
C# 6.0 in a Nutshell is an updated version of the acclaimed C# 5.0 in a Nutshell,
covering the C# language, CLR, and the .NET base class libraries.
The book and its previous editions are the product of immense effort, and have been shaped by over a dozen expert technical reviewers.
I own another "in a Nutshell" book and it features a large
reference section with alphabetical listings of types and members. Is C# in a Nutshell the same?
No: there are no computer-generated listings and no alphabetical reference section!
We believe in explaining everything clearly and concisely based on our
experience, with plenty of examples and real-world scenarios. We
maintain strict vigilance in keeping our examples short and clutter-free and follow a policy of
being useful and getting straight to
What does the book cover?
We cover the topics shown in the
I already own book XYZ and am unhappy with its
level of detail. Does this book do better?
Most likely, yes! The reason, in a word, is focus.
We dedicate the entire book to what's inside the
circles shown above. This gives us space to do justice to difficult topics such as
security, Reflection.Emit, LINQ, asynchronous programming and concurrency. Books covering
everything in the diagram cannot offer the same
level of depth—this is why you might be frustrated. There's nothing wrong with
one-stop-shop books; it's just that they serve a different purpose.
Our focus means we can answer such
when is it advantageous to choose a static readonly field over a
when would you reimplement an interface, and what are the
when is it appropriate to write void asynchronous methods?
how do you perform outer joins with SelectMany, and how does this differ
from the join operator?
what are the killer scenarios for using query expressions over
how do you tweak a parallel LINQ query for performance?
when shouldn't you dispose an object?
how do you programmatically get through forms-based
when would you choose the XML serialization engine over the Data Contract
why does the security transparency model exist, and what do you need to know as a
how would you go about parsing IL so as to write a code
analysis tool or disassembler?
what's the trick to packaging a multi-DLL application as a single-file executable?
Are these books for beginners?
We've taken care not to alienate readers by
presuming too much prior knowledge. Nonetheless, these books assume
some general background in programming and so are aimed at intermediate and advanced
audiences. As a beginner you'll certainly benefit—but not as your
sole book. For something more introductory, I'd recommend a title such as
Head First C#, by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene.
What are your credentials?
I've worked as a senior architect and developer on a wide range of commercial
projects in C# since its inception, and have been a C# MVP since 2008. I am also the author of
LINQPad and have written the past two editions of this book. Ben has worked for five years at Microsoft
as a program manager on three .NET teams, including ADO.NET and the
.NET Compact Framework.
The two of you have the same unusual surname...
are you related?
How can I contact you?