Everything you need to get your feet wet with Visual C#...
Nov 12, 2006
The "in 24 Hours" series breaks down subject matter into 24 chapters that should take you around an hour to complete. If this style is one that appeals to you, and if you're looking to figure out Visual C# 2005, then you're in luck with Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2005 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit by James Foxall.
Contents: Part 1 - The Visual C# Environment: Jumping in with Both Feet - A Visual C# 2005 Programming Tour; Navigating Visual C# 2005; Understanding Objects and Collections; Understanding Events Part 2 - Building a User Interface: Building Forms - The Basics; Building Forms - Advanced Techniques; Working with Traditional Controls; Using Advanced Controls; Adding Menus and Toolbars to Forms Part 3 - Making Things Happen - Programming: Creating and Calling Methods; Using Constants, Data Types, Variables, and Arrays; Performing Arithmetic, String Manipulation, and Date/Time Adjustments; Making Decisions in Visual C# Code; Looping for Efficiency; Debugging Your Code; Designing Objects Using Classes; Interacting with Users; Working with Graphics Part 4 - Working with Data: Performing File Operations; Working with Text Files and the Registry; Working with a Database; Controlling Other Applications Using Automation Part 5 - Developing Solutions and Beyond: Deploying Applications; The 10000 Foot View Index
A nice thing about this book is it's a complete learning solution. The CD in the back has the Express Edition of Visual C# 2005 on it, so the purchase of this book gives you the complete environment you need to get started. Looking at the contents, you can see that the primary emphasis in the beginning is creating the graphical elements of the interface. Most of the "programming" consists of filling in dialog and property boxes to make the interface behave as desired. You have to get into Part 3 before you learn how to actually code the C# language. For someone brand new to programming, this is probably a decent idea. Get the person doing and creating something quickly, even through it many not do much of anything in an overall context. As an experienced developer, I kept wondering "but what does the language look like and how does it work?" Personally, I would have preferred the material to be in reverse order, but I'm possibly not the intended audience for this particular style and approach.
Even with that minor nit, I still think the material is solid. If I knew someone who was computer-savvy but hadn't done much programming, I'd have no hesitation to suggest this title if their desire was to learn Visual C#.
Given the tremendous breadth and depth of what you can do in C#, no single book can possibly do anything more than present an introduction or cover a small set of capabilities in significant depth. As is the case with all of the books in the "Teach Yourself" series, the goal with this book is to provide a quick and effective overview and in that context, the book is a tremendous success. The first part is a quick introduction to the IDE of the Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, … more
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Looking to break into C# programming? Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2005 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit is a valuable resource. You will start by learning the basics of the Visual C# environment and begin to build working programs very quickly. As the programs become more complex, you will discover more of the advanced features of the C# programming language and the Visual C# tool.
Set with the practical goal of providing you with a solid foundation from which to grow and develop your C# programming skills, this book is perfect for use in a professional setting or for use with personal projects. The accompanying CD includes Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, a streamlined, easy-to-use development tool that makes Windows programming with C# fun. Jump in with both feet with the help of Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2005 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit.