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C# for the Inexperienced: O'Reilly Releases "Learning C#"

October 9, 2002

Sebastopol, CA--Most C# books are written for experienced C++ and Java programmers. If you are a novice programmer, or have experience in VB6 or other procedural programming languages, and want to learn C#, you've been out of luck--until now. Jesse Liberty, author of the best-selling books "Programming C#" and "Programming ASP.NET," has written Learning C# (O'Reilly, US $34.95), an entry-level guide to learning the C# language. Written in a warm and friendly manner, the book assumes no prior programming experience, and provides an easy introduction to Microsoft's premier .NET language.

"I received quite a bit of feedback about my 'Programming C#' book," Liberty explains. "The principal concern seems to be that it was targeted at programmers with experience in object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java. There was a strong feeling that many programmers will come to C# from non-object oriented languages such as Visual Basic 6 or from script programming. There will also be programmers for whom C# will be their first language. I wanted to write a book that would serve as an onramp to C# and .NET programming in general."

"Learning C#" helps readers build a solid foundation in .NET, and shows them how to apply their skills through the use of dozens of tested examples. They will learn about the syntax and structure of the C# language, including operators, classes and interfaces, structs, arrays, and strings. The book then demonstrates how to develop various kinds of applications--including those that work with databases--and web services. Topics covered in the book include:

  • Variables and constants
  • Looping and branching
  • Classes and objects
  • Inheritance and polymorphism
  • Operator overloading
  • String objects and regular expressions
  • Exceptions and debugging

The book also includes an introduction to the Virtual Studio .NET Integrated Development Environment (IDE), a tool designed to help in writing .NET applications.

Once they have mastered the subjects in "Learning C#," readers will be ready to move on to more advanced programming guides, with an aim to developing Windows and web applications. Liberty includes pointers to many print and online resources that will help readers in this pursuit. Regardless of their programming background, or lack thereof, readers will find that "Learning C#" sets them firmly on their way to mastering the essentials of the C# language.

Additional Resources:

Learning C#
Jesse Liberty
ISBN 0-596-00376-5, 354 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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