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Mastering Visual C# .NET by Jason Price and Mike Gunderloy

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Author/s : Jason Price and Mike Gunderloy
Publisher : Sybex Inc.
Category : C# and .NET
Review by : David Vick
Rating : 8 horseshoes

As a beginners book this is a solid introduction to C#. It starts with
variables, loops and control structures. By the end you are into more advanced
topics such as multi-threading and database access.

One problem with the text is that while it explains that some things can be done
in C#, in some cases it doesn t tell you why or, if it does, the explanations
seem contrived. Unfortunately, this makes it seem as if some of the language
features have limited or only usefulness in the real world. In my opinion you
can build a better programming base if you understand why you would do something
as opposed to just knowing that it can be done.

The size of the text is average although it could have been slimmed down without
a lot of the redundant code examples. In most cases the topic being explained
will use complete methods, or even complete classes, as illustrations of various
points. However, at the end of the section, almost all of the code that was used
earlier is duplicated in a full, compilable program. Often the only change was
adding a main method or a driver class. Beginners would gain more with different
examples rather than duplicates.

The authors do an excellent job of writing to their audience. The explanations
are clear and well described. Most of them are well thought out and meaningful.
Despite its lack of elaboration in places this is an excellent introduction to

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[ December 19, 2002: Message edited by: Book Review Team ]
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