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C# Black Book: Comprehensive Problem Solver (Black Book (Paraglyph Press)) [Paperback]

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Developed with an eye to the C++ or Java programmer moving to the Web or into more distributed environments, C# can be ported to multiple platforms and used to develop any type of program, from a Windows service to a Web component. Written by a Microsoft insider and expert programmer, this book contains comprehensive coverage of the C# programming language, compiler, and Common Library Runtime of the language. It contains an overview of the capabilities and syntax of the C# programming language. It helps programmers master the unique C# features, and is an ideal reference for everyday troubleshooting. Hundreds of pages of in-depth solutions to practical programming problems are provided.

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Pages   672
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 7.44" Height: 1.62"
Weight:   2.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111174  
ISBN13  9781932111170  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matthew Telles is a 20-year veteran of the software-development wars. In his time, he has seen FORTRAN, COBOL, and other dinosaur languages come and go. Currently a senior software engineer for Research Systems, Inc., his days are spent finding and fixing bugs that other people have created. Besides trying to be tactful, he also enjoys working with other developers to teach the techniques he has mastered over his career. With expertise in programming, designing, documenting, and debugging applications, he has reached the pinnacle of a programmer's existence: the ability to write his own bio blurbs for books. He is the author of seven other programming books.

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > General
2Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > Languages & Tools > C#
3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > Software Design > Object-Oriented Design

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Obsolete already  Oct 4, 2002
While the author seems to cover the topics well, including good useable code examples, much of the information is already obsolete. He obviously wrote this while the C# language was still in Beta 1, because many of the classes and methods he uses were removed, replaced, or renamed as of Beta 2. I can't believe they published a book written about a language before the language was officially finalized and released. It's very difficult to search the Internet, MSDN, etc. for all of the "equivalent" classes for the outdated ones the author uses... I recommend you find a newer and more accurate book.
Explanations are far too difficult to comprehend.....  Sep 11, 2002
An earlier reviewer said he had trouble with delegates. I agree, he explains complicated things on a high level, then the simpler things that should already be known by programmers, he grinds into you. I went to a web-site and learned what I needed to about Delegates in one paragraph. Matt forgets to tell us (no pun intended) what delegates are... This is a decent reference, but as for learning the language, I would look to something else.
"Get Your Feet Wet" for Intermediate Programmers  Mar 3, 2002
WHERE I'M COMING FROM: Computer science grad student with academic experience in C++. 2 years professional ColdFusion and SQL. 1 year professional Java and PHP.

WHAT I HAVE TO SAY: Eh. This book definitely doesn't talk down to developers with a medium level of experience, but it doesn't really spend all that much time on any one topic. Maybe I'm dense, but I still haven't caught on to its explanation of Delegates. This might be better for an Advanced Beginner than an Intermediate Programmer. This being my first C# book, I'm guessing it is middle of the road. I'm moving on to Petzold's Programming Windows with C#.

I rate this 1 because 0 and below were not options  Jan 28, 2002
This book may be a great C# book, but in the first five pages I found so many inaccuracies, this author has lost all credibility with me. I am returning this book as soon as possible.

To illustrate either the author's utter lack of knowledge or his talent in Microsoft marketing tactics, I offer the following:

On page four, the author writes,

Int x = 3;
If( x ) {
int x = 3;
if( x != 3)

"These two code snippets are functionally equivalent in C++ and Java but do not behave the same (if fact, the first does not compile) in C#. This difference between C# and the other two languages is important and is one that avoids problems noticed in the past by programmers."

First of all, why don't we try for some consistency in the code samples? Secondly, the first example won't compile in any of the 3 languages since they are all case sensitive and therefore "If" is invalid. Lastly, and most importantly, Java does NOT behave the way he claims. It behaves exactly as C# does (Microsoft copied this behavior from Java) for the same reason C# does, meaning the first example will not compile in Java either.

This is not the only time the author does this. He also claims that Java and C++ do arrays the same. The then bashes the way those languages do arrays and claims that Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, made arrays better. Wrong!!! Microsoft once again copied the functionality of Java arrays when creating C#.

This author would have you believe that C# is new and intuitive. He suggests that Java programmers will find a better language in C#, and tries to prove this by suggesting that Java works in one way and C# works a better way, when in fact, they both work the same, only Java has worked that way for more than six years.

This author ...should not be making such retarded statements, or he is pulling another Microsoft on us by making false statements about one technology in order to make their technology look better. Either way, I can't trust my learning to his myriad inaccuracies and must return this book.

I recommend avoiding this title.

Anyone else notice.....?  Jan 1, 2002
Has anyone else that's read the section on ADO.NET noticed that the objects are no longer SQLConnection or OLEDBConnection, and instead ADOConnection....???

Given that this guy works at MS, I'm thinking that there is a major change within ADO.NET in the final release of VS.NET that is going to be different than how it currently is with ADO.NET in the Beta 2 or Release Candidate.

Anyhow, good book, I've found it very informative and up-to-date (trust me...that's valuble) as a C# reference.


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