Head First C#, 2E: A Learner's Guide to Real-World Programming with Visual C# and .NET (Head First Guides)
You want to learn C# programming, but you're not sure you want to suffer through another tedious technical book. You're in luck: Head First C# introduces this language in a fun, visual way. You'll quickly learn everything from creating your first program to learning sophisticated coding skills with C# 4.0, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4, while avoiding common errors that frustrate many students.
The second edition offers several hands-on labs along the way to help you build and test programs using skills you've learned up to that point. In the final lab, you'll put everything together. From objects to garbage collection and from exceptions to interactions, you'll learn C# in a way that engages and entertains your brain. Here are a few of the topics you'll learn:
Start by building a useful application with pre-built components in Visual Studio 2010
Discover how objects work, using real-world examples
Store numbers, text, and other basic data types using primitives
Save complex data in files and databases with great C# tools
Build intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces by following simple rules
Design your code to catch exceptions -- things you don't expect
Develop good programming habits, such as refactoring code and applying unit tests
Learn how web services put your programs in touch with the rest of the world
Make it easy for other people to install your software
Great book for first time object oriented programmers
By evannever - August 31, 2010
I have been out of coding for almost 10 years and decided to get back into it recently. Since I'm focusing on .Net technologies I thought jumping into C# would be the right step. I read most of the reviews for this book and the gist I got was: it was good for beginners, well written, but full of errors.
I have found only two of those to be true: The second edition of this book seems to be mostly error free. I'm about half way through and I *think* I've found only one error so far (this was very minor too). All of my code has compiled and I haven't had any issues at all. The book is very beginner oriented but moves at a good pace. The concepts come fast and things like class diagramming and coding styles are seamlessly worked in to the lessons.
The book teaches C# and object oriented programming from the beginning and I can't recommend it enough for someone who is starting out or has been out of the game for too long (like me). Make sure you get the second... read more
Review in progress, 2nd Ed. (read before reading older reviews)
By Jacob D. Ryf - June 19, 2010
First, please understand this is my first review and I am still just a programming student and this is my first experience with C# but not the C language. I've taken two classes in C++ and one in Visual Basic, so I'm not a newbie but at the same time I still wouldn't consider myself intermediate.
I'm writing this review having only read the first 100 pages of the book because I wanted to state that, as of this writing, the current edition of this book that Amazon.com is selling (Pub: May 2010, 2nd ed) there have been NO errors. If you are considering purchasing this book, please be aware that (again as of this writing) there have only been 2 reviews of the newest edition (2nd ed, May 2010). All previous reviews are of the November 2007 edition which was apparently filled with errors. If only Amazon.com would list them separately we wouldn't have this problem.
Now, a brief review of the content. The first impressive thing about this book is that it takes into... read more
It is the book focusing on practice skill
By LCW - December 20, 2010
Due to my work, I have to learn c# for some projects. I bought this book and I don't regret it.
I am a Java developer so I have some programming experience. Yes, if you are completely new to programming and OO concept, perhaps you may feel confused and hard to understand while going through this book, because it spends a lot of pages on step-by-step and practical exercises, and sometimes the exercises are quite long and linked.
So... if you just want to read the book while you are sitting comfortably on your sofa, this book isn't for you. If you are like me want to actual learn C# skill and get them to burn deeply in your head, you have to face your computer monitor working with Visual studio all the time. Then you should buy this book.
This book contains 3 labs for you to test and summarize you skill. Those labs ask and guide you to make games so it is quite fun... espectially the 3rd lab. It is about to make a shooting game. Once I finished the... read more
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