Why do I need a book on C#?
1. Time is valuable
The Internet, in general, is an inefficient way to get complete knowledge:
- Information is fragmented—you find a good article on one topic, then no
decent information on another
- Reading from many sites means reading a lot of duplicate information
- You have to spend time wading through noise
An alternative is to read the MSDN documentation. It works, but takes much
more time than learning from a well-written book. How much is your time worth?
If a book can save you one hour, you've probably broken even. And a well-written
book will save you much more than that!
2. Making full use of your tools makes you more
Making full use of C#, the CLR, LINQ and the core .NET Framework will make
you much more productive—whether you're developing web applications, rich
client applications, or otherwise. It will also make your job more enjoyable and
eliminate huge sources of frustration!
For instance, would you shy away from Reflection.Emit—even it would solve a
problem elegantly and efficiently—because you're intimidated by the learning
Do you waste time writing string manipulation functions because you're
frightened of regular expressions (it's actually quite simple, we cover the
essentials in 12 pages!)
How confident are you with iterators, generic constraints, unsafe code and
multithreading? Do you know all the pros and cons of putting assemblies into the
Have you not embraced LINQ because you're unsure of the technology?
Becoming the person that others turn to for information is the easiest way
to further your career!
Why this book?
We've worked hard to make C# in a Nutshell the ideal book for
intermediate and advanced audiences:
- The explanations and samples are concise and unbloated—we tell you
exactly what you need to know and then move onto the next topic!
- It covers plenty of ground (C#, CLR, LINQ, core .NET Framework)—but not
too much ground. This allows us to go into some depth in difficult
areas—because the book is not not diluted with topics such as WPF, WCF and
ASP.NET (each of which requires a book in its own right to be useful).
- It's friendly to both sequential and random reading. A lot of books are
aimed at one or the other.
- It's balanced and pragmatic. We balance
concepts with facts, and emphasize how things are used in a practical sense.
We also recognize that you're intelligent—so we don't talk down to you or
annoy you with nannying or preaching!
- It's precise, complete, and technically rigorous. We went through an
extensive technical review and editing process.
- We cover the hardest aspects of C# and the CLR in depth—including asynchrony, parallel programming, advanced threading, reflection, application domains, and 120 pages on LINQ. And
to make the learning process easy and fun, we've preloaded much of the
examples into an interactive learning tool.
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