Books: Delve Into C# Essentials

Murach's C# teaches the core concepts of the C# language. The book focuses on language essentials, debugging, and OOP concepts, to more involved topics such as working with databases, files, and XML.

Murach's C# takes a modular but concise approach to teaching core concepts of the C# language. More experienced developers will feel comfortable jumping around to those sections that match their interests without getting a feeling of discontinuity caused by too tightly coupled example code. The authors' examples are capable of standing alone, yet still build toward a common theme of interfaces for an enterprise application.

Topics range from how to set up and use the Visual Studio environment, C# language essentials, debugging, and OOP concepts, to more involved topics such as working with databases, files, and XML. The five chapters on working with databases are worth the price of the book. Of particular note are the chapters on working with datasets with bound and unbound controls.

The book focuses strictly on Windows applications, though the clearly written content and practical approach to examples are excellent for those new to C#, even if they intend to move on to Web-based applications. More senior developers will appreciate the material as a quick reference for many of the typical encoding tasks.

Murach's C#
by Joel Murach and Doug Lowe
Mike Murach & Associates
Price: $49.50
Quick Facts: Comprehensive introduction to C# for both beginning and experienced developers.
Pros: Modular self-paced approach is outstanding for any experience level.
Cons: No coverage of Web development or Web services.
Click here to read a sample chapter.

About the Author

Hal Hayes is the president of ACRITECH Corp., which specializes in enterprise application development. He is also the founder of the Capital Area Visual Basic User Group in Washington, D.C. (now Hal is also a member of the staff of the International .NET Association. You can reach him at [email protected].

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