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.Net Framework Essentials
ISBN 0596005059 / 9780596005054 / 0-596-00505-9
Publisher O'Reilly Media
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.Net Framework Essentials is a concise introduction to Microsoft's next-generation development platform. This second edition is based on the full release code, unlike the earlier title which used a beta version. The aim is to get developers up to speed on what the .Net Framework is all about, especially those making or considering the transition from traditional Windows programming. The subject is the Framework itself, rather than development tools such as Visual Studio .NET.
The book starts with the Common Language Runtime, examining its code execution and how it handles components, versions, types and security. Next there is a look at programming in C+, Visual Basic and C#. A chapter on components describes .Net deployment options, including coverage of COM+ services and distributed applications. A section on database development with ADO .Net follows, and then an overview of XML Web services. The last two chapters tackle ASP .NET, the platform for dynamic Web applications, and then Windows Forms, which are traditional Windows applications running on the .Net Framework. Each chapter describes the technology in question and includes short code examples that put it to work. Most of the code is in C#.
This is a fast-paced title that is written with experienced developers in mind, which means solid technical content and no verbose explanations. It is a short book on a big subject, but with impressive depth in places, such as when the authors find space for example code in the low-level IL (Intermediate Language). That means it gives great insight into how the Framework fits together, but risks losing touch with more general readers. The material is of consistently high quality, making this an excellent book for .NET developers. --Tim Anderson [via]