Item description for Microsoft C# Professional Projects by Geetanjali Arora...
Use C# to accomplish real-world, professional tasks. C# Professional Projects is your key to unlocking the power of C#. Each project focuses on a specific concept and is based on a real-world situation. Enhance your skills as you work through six projects including creating a customer maintenance system, an employee record system, a creative learning windows application, an airline reservation portal, a Web portal for a bookstore, and a mobile application project. When you are finished, you will have the skills necessary to modify projects to fit your professional needs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 7.42" Height: 1.93" Weight: 3.44 lbs.
Release Date Mar 2, 2002
Publisher Course Technology PTR
ISBN 1931841306 ISBN13 9781931841306 UPC 082039541303
Reviews - What do customers think about Microsoft C# Professional Projects?
Desperately needed revising one more time. Jul 10, 2007
Geetanjali Arora, et al, C# Professional Projects (Course Technologies, 2002)
The first thing you probably need to know about C# Professional Projects is that you won't be reading it from beginning to end. No, I mean it--this is a book that's definitely designed for skipping around. If you do read it from beginning to end, you're going to find yourself experiencing a great deal of repetition. A great deal of repetition. (See, it's gotten to me!)
With the exception of a few framing chapters, the book is divided up into six projects, each of which illustrates a different way to use C# and the Visual Studio package to achieve something that needs doing in the real world. While the projects themselves make very good (albeit simple) templates for the kind of stuff we find ourselves doing at work, the presentation could have used a little polishing. Not just copyediting, though a good deal of that would have been worthwhile, but editing and proofreading on a more general level. (I don't know if this has been fixed in subsequent printings, but a perfect, and obvious, example: chapters nine and ten are switched in my copy.) And while it's probably either nitpicky or simply not applicable as a complaint, it seems to me that it would have been easy to structure this in such a way that each project built on the one before it, which would have made the book more of a progression than what seemed six books stuck together; after all, the database access stuff you learn in the first project is used in every other, so why not use it that way instead of going over most of the basics again each time? (To be fair, there were a few attempts, it seems, to do exactly this; the authors do refer readers back to chapters in different sections a handful of times, but it's not a pervasive thing.)
It's not bad, and you'll probably find yourself using it as a reference book for the basics, but the construction leaves a great deal to be desired. ***
Absolutely THE BEST book i ever read May 28, 2007
I strongly believe this is a book that will get those real world programmers into C# quite fast. It gives what an "already programmer" needs to know.
At last a book that does not spend half its pages on useless theories about computing, OOP advantages, overloading, polymorphism and all that stuff that most programmers already know.
You hands will get dirty and you will get an acceptable knowledge on C#.
This is NOT the "master C#" book but i strongly recommend it to every programmer that needs to get his hands on C# .NET
They got the idea. but the implementation suffered Sep 24, 2006
I bought this book at a used book store in Mountain View, CA, with only the title and a brief scan of the material (no time, low price.)
What publishers should take from this book is the screaming need for what the title promises: professional level examples of whatever computing language is at issue. I developed software for real-time applications from 1972 to about 1996, with a few truly embedded projects. During all those years I NEVER saw one decent book on developing real time ro embedded software... it sounds funny now, but bluntly, what we were doing reflected much more the medieval concepts of apprenticeships than cogent training... and I had my EE with physics/math/CS (and then an MBA in MIS, largely because I was irritated with deliberately ignorant and wasteful management structures - why am I thinking George W. Bush right now?)
There are some books out there whose authors are clearly experienced in this arena - in specific languages or compilers, like Visual C# - but they seem to hold back, perhaps aiming for that least common denomiator, or, perhaps, just perhaps, they still harbor that old 60s software 'magic' that doesn't want to give away the secrets of the sourceror.
For a long time I'd buy or at least pick up book on graphics... and these would all start with the same first few chapters on ray tracing, etc... and then they'd go completely to hell. No code. No examples. Or, these books would have references to graphics software tools that the novice could use.
What the reviews of this book show are that a market exists for the material suggested by the title, but that the books just aren't there yet.
Now, I can tell you as of my writing, that C# is really picking up steam in Silicon Valley. Companies are adopting it in a rapid way that I would have not expected, but then, until recently, I didn't realize that Visual C# had many of the features of Visual Basic... which is one reason why this book is OK, even though ancient (2002) and deficient. The ability to develop a GUI in minutes and write the code behind the controls/screens is enormously advantageous.
I had seen that in VB in 1992, and then in LabWindows/DOS and /CVI in 1994.
My advice, if you've got a few dollars to spare, buy this book anyway. it will at least give you ideas for professional projects and perhaps you can take the sense of C# and run with it. It could be worse: this could be 1973 and there are no books worth reading at all!
Extremely Disappointing Aug 23, 2006
Having read through the full table of contents before purchasing this book I thought I'd found a great book. Decent projects from design through to implementation with examples. However, what the book really turned out to be was some very high level discussion on the projects with very poor detail. There were no intelligent discussions on the designs or implementations. It lacks any real detail and the examples themselves are poorly done when compared to other C# books I've read/use. Its a book which will gather dust on the shelves for sure.
Real bad book Aug 16, 2005
I bought the spanish version and it's realy a loss of time and money, the book's title isn't correct, should be "C# play a little", the book content seems to be copy/pasted from somewhere else.