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Learning C# by Jesse Liberty

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Author/s : Jesse Liberty
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Other
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 7 horseshoes

Jesse Liberty has written an excellent introduction to C# entitled, "Programming
C#". That book required some background in an object oriented language such as
Java or C++ to get the most out of it. This book is geared for the less
experienced developer. "Learning C#" covers basically the first half of
"Programming C#" in about 50% more pages. A person without a background in OO
will find this book much easier to follow. The book covers the language a little
slower, gives more hand holding, and even gives an introduction to Visual
Studio. Of course, none of the advanced topics in "Programming C#" (ASP.NET,
ADO.NET, Web Services, etc.) are found in this book. The author has a nice style
of writing that makes the topics easy to follow. His examples are clear and
there are plenty of them. All the basic C# topics are covered including control
structures, enums, structs, delegates, operator overloading, polymorphism,
interfaces, and collections. The topics covered demonstrate the main features of
OO languages without being overwhelming. However, the book is not a complete
introduction to C#. Some topics are left out (I/O for example). But overall, the
book is a good introduction for the novice object-oriented programmer. If you
already have some OO experience then you will probably want to get "Programming
C#". If object oriented programming (or just programming in general) is new to
you then this would be a good place to start.

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