- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (5 March 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321658701
- ISBN-13: 978-0321658708
- Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
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Effective C# (Covers C# 4.0): 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C# (Effective Software Development Series) Paperback – 5 Mar 2010
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“Being an effective .NET developer requires one to have a deep understanding of the language of their choice. Wagner’s book provides the reader with that knowledge via well-reasoned arguments and insight. Whether you’re new to C# or you’ve been using it for years, you’ll learn something new when you read this book.”
–Jason Bock, Principal Consultant, Magenic
“If you’re at all like me, you have collected a handful of C# language pearls that have immediately transformed your abilities as a professional developer. What you hold in your hands is quite possibly the best collection of these tips that have ever been assembled. Bill has managed to exceed my wildest expectations with the latest edition in his eponymous Effective C#.”
–Bill Craun, Principal Consultant, Ambassador Solutions
“Effective C#, Second Edition, is a must-read for anyone building high performance and/or highly scalable applications. Bill has that rare and awesome ability to take an amazingly complex problem and break it down into human, digestible, and understandable chunks.”
–Josh Holmes, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
“Bill has done it again. This book is a concise collection of invaluable tips for any C# developer. Learn one tip every day, and you’ll become a much better C# developer after fifty days!”
–Claudio Lassala, Lead Developer, EPS Software/CODE Magazine
“A fountain of knowledge and understanding of the C# language. Bill gives insight to what happens under the covers of the .NET runtime based on what you write in your code and teaches pragmatic practices that lead to cleaner, easier to write, and more understandable code. A great mix of tips, tricks, and deep understanding–including things true since C# 1.0 up through new capabilities in C# 4.0–that every C# developer should read.”
–Brian Noyes, Chief Architect, IDesign Inc. (www.idesign.net)
“Effective C# is a must-have for every C# developer. Period. Its pragmatic advice on code design is invaluable.”
–Shawn Wildermuth, Microsoft MVP (C#), Author, Trainer, and Speaker
“In this book Bill Wagner provides practical explanations of how to use the most important features in the C# language. His deep knowledge and sophisticated communication skills illuminate the new features in C# so that you can use them to write programs that are more concise and easier to maintain.”
–Charlie Calvert, Microsoft C# Community Program Manager
From the Back Cover
C# has matured over the past decade: It’s now a rich language with generics, functional programming concepts, and support for both static and dynamic typing. This palette of techniques provides great tools for many different idioms, but there are also many ways to make mistakes. In Effective C#, Second Edition, respected .NET expert Bill Wagner identifies fifty ways you can leverage the full power of the C# 4.0 language to express your designs concisely and clearly.
Effective C#, Second Edition, follows a clear format that makes it indispensable to hundreds of thousands of developers: clear, practical explanations, expert tips, and plenty of realistic code examples. Drawing on his unsurpassed C# experience, Wagner addresses everything from types to resource management to dynamic typing to multicore support in the C# language and the .NET framework. Along the way, he shows how to avoid common pitfalls in the C# language and the .NET environment. You’ll learn how to
- Use both types of C# constants for efficiency and maintainability (see Item 2)
- Employ immutable data types to promote multicore processing (see Item 20)
- Minimize garbage collection, boxing, and unboxing (see Items 16 and 45)
- Take full advantage of interfaces and delegates (see Items 22 though 25)
- Make the most of the parallel framework (see Items 35 through 37)
- Use duck typing in C# (see Item 38)
- Spot the advantages of the dynamic and Expression types over reflection (see Items 42 and 43)
- Assess why query expressions are better than loops (see Item 8)
- Understand how generic covariance and contravariance affect your designs (see Item 29)
- See how optional parameters can minimize the number of method overloads (see Item 10)
You’re already a successful C# programmer–this book will help you become an outstanding one.See all Product description
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I am only going to comment on the kindle version: I bought this book despite a bad kindle review. Sadly, the critique was accurate. The Kindle formatting for the code examples are just not acceptable, even when using Kindle for PC and outputting to a 46" HDTV.
The formatting and end result for the Kindle version do not justify the asking price.
As badly as you may want a Kindle version of this book, you may need the print version as a companion. I understand the limits of the Kindle and have an extensive library of programming books. This one disappointed my lowered expectations.
Amazon: We need a two-tier rating system in the Kindle department. One for content and another for how well the Kindle version is produced. Since we do not yet have this option, I will rate for content.
Thank you, Bill Wagner. I have loved everyone of your books.
The items are written in a very clear manner. Most of the figures are illustrative of the concepts. Some of the pictures aren't quite as clear as they could be (.NET's Garbage Collector sticks out in my mind - Bill! read some Tufte! :) but for the most part, each item gave a firm understanding. I could read the first and last paragraph of each item to get a clear bird's eye explanation. Later, I would pore over the details with a highlighter and come away enlightened.
This book has a sister - "More Effective C#". This was released PRIOR to "Effective C# - Second Edition". I own that copy too, and it's dog-eared by now. The two books go together like peas and carrots, though "More Effective C#" touches on more advanced .NET 3.0 concepts. "More Effective C#"'s treatment of "yield return", dependency injection, and composition in the third chapter alone are inspiring.
If you really want to go all out, I'd recommend getting "C# in Depth" by John Skeet. There's a new edition coming out in the summer of 2010. Skeet's book will bring the reader up to speed on the advancements of C# in .NET 3.0 (and soon 4.0) without giving them any specific tips. The "Effective C#" series will give the reader specific tips without bringing anybody up to speed.
Also, the author is a cool guy. I emailed him back in 2009 with questions about the first edition and he brought me up to speed by responding on his blog. You are encouraged to give him feedback.
I consider "Effective C#" as one of the first books I reach when I want to brush up on my skill set.