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Book Review

Book Review: C# 5.0 in a Nutshell

The Definitive Reference

This book is great. It's no nonsense approach to covering the C# 5.0 language is like a breath of fresh air. It is clean, to the point, and thorough. It makes finding a topic, and learning it, or getting a refresher, a very fast process.

This new version includes new information on the new asynchronous functions async and await.

The authors have a great writing style which makes the book a very enjoyable read. You can read this cover to cover, or use it as a very handy reference. You won't find any case studies, or made up scenarios, to help the authors describe the technology. They stick to writing about the technology, which is nice.

I have listed the chapters below.

Introducing C# and the .NET Framework
C# Language Basics
Creating Types in C#
Advanced C#
Framework Overview
Framework Fundamentals
LINQ Queries
LINQ Operators
Other XML Technologies
Disposal and Garbage Collection
Diagnostics and Code Contracts
Concurrency & Asynchrony
Streams and I/O
Reflection and Metadata
Dynamic Programming
Advanced Threading
Parallel Programming
Application Domains
Native and COM Interoperability
Regular Expressions

One of my favorite features of the book is the way the authors do their diagramming. They include a lot of diagrams that give a visual representation of the feature they are describing. The diagrams really help with getting a quick understanding of the overall picture of the topic. The authors also demonstrate with code that is always easy to understand and within the scope of the topic at hand. You don't have 2 pages of code with 3 lines highlighted.

If you are looking for LINQ coverage, this is a great resource. The author's do a great job of explaining how it works and thoroughly covering all the features.

Another part of this book I love is the way the authors deliver the code samples using LINQPad. I own the full auto completion version of LINQPad and it rocks. I have been using it since its first release and it has become my favorite tool when working with databases.

All in all I highly recommend this book. It belongs on the shelf of any serious developer.

C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference

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Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.