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Book Review: C# 4.0 The Complete Reference

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This book is all about C# the language and some of the .NET Framework class library. It is broken into two parts. Part I introduces C# with a view into the language's history. It then spends 19 chapters covering C# in detail. It begins those chapters with an introduction to object oriented programming, encapsulation, polymorphism, and inheritance.

Part II digs deep into the .NET Framework's System namespace, collections, multithreading (including the Task Parallel Library and PLINQ), and networking. I have listed the book's chapters below.

Part I: The C# Language
Chapter 1. The Creation of C#
Chapter 2. An Overview of C#
Chapter 3. Data Types, Literals, and Variables
Chapter 4. Operators
Chapter 5. Program Control Statements
Chapter 6. Introducing Classes and Objects
Chapter 7. Arrays and Strings
Chapter 8. A Closer Look at Methods and Classes
Chapter 9. Operator Overloading
Chapter 10. Indexers and Properties
Chapter 11. Inheritance
Chapter 12. Interfaces, Structures, and Enumerations
Chapter 13. Exception Handling
Chapter 14. Using I/O
Chapter 15. Delegates, Events and Lambda Expressions
Chapter 16. Namespaces, the Preprocessor, and Assemblies
Chapter 17. Runtime Type ID, Reflection, and Attributes
Chapter 18. Generics
Chapter 19. LINQ
Chapter 20: Unsafe code, Pointers, Nullable Types, Dynamic Types, and Miscellaneous Topics

Part II: Exploring the C# Library
Chapter 21. Exploring the System Namespace
Chapter 22. Strings and Formatting
Chapter 23. Multithreaded Programming, Part One
Chapter 24. Multithreading Part Two: Exploring the Task Parallel Library and PLINQ
Chapter 25. Collections, Enumerators, and Iterators
Chapter 26. Networking Through the Internet Using System.Net
Appendix A. Documentation Comment Quick Reference

The thing I like best about this book is the way the author is able to use reasonable size examples get his message across and that there is a sample for everything. There is tons of code in the book.

One thing I did not like was the lack of the use of the using statement to properly dispose of objects. The author mentions that it should be used, but doesn't make use of it. The reasoning is he wants to show you how and where things should close without using it. That is fine, and should be shown once, but I would have preferred the majority of the examples showing it being used.

The downloadable code is in the form of text files. Each chapter has a file. The samples are in the order they are found in the book. In the sample files they number each listing, which is nice, but it does no good since they aren't numbered in the book. Nevertheless they are easy to find and all of them are console application that can be cut and pasted into a console application for running.

The authors writing style makes this an easy read. He does a great job of explaining complex topics. The book is good for beginners and as a reference for advanced developers.

All in all I highly recommend this book to every C# developer!!!

C# 4.0 The Complete Reference

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