Murach's C# 2005

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9781890774370: Murach's C# 2005

For the current edition of this book, please see Murach's C# 2008 (ISBN 9781890774462).

This is the .NET 2.0 edition of Murach's best-selling C# book. As its title implies, it teaches you how to develop Windows business applications from scratch, integrating all of the new 2005 features like data sources, generics, code snippets, refactoring, partial and static classes, and anonymous methods. But most C# 2005 books cover the same things. So here are several ways this book differs from the others.

#1: There's a 5-chapter section on database programming
This is crucial in business applications, and it's an area that's changed dramatically from earlier versions of C#. So this section shows you how to use the new SQL data sources and the DataGridView control to develop database applications with little or no C# code. Then, to understand what's going under the surface, you'll learn to code ADO.NET to work directly with databases. Finally, you'll learn how to create and use object data sources, also new in C# 2.0, to create 3-layer applications that keep the presentation code separate from the data access code, while providing the data binding that's one of the key benefits of using data sources.

#2: The OOP section deals with business objects, not cats and dogs
Knowing how object-oriented programming works is key to being a top C# developer. Many books explain OOP by using examples that are meant to be easily understood, like illustrating objects with animal classes such as mammals, cats, and dogs. However, the analogy breaks down as you try to figure out how to apply it to business applications. So this book presents business objects like customers, invoices, and products to show you how OOP is applied in the real world.

#3: It teaches development the way it should be done today, using Visual Studio
Today, no developer should miss out on the productivity features of Visual Studio 2005. So we don't waste your time showing you how to code programs using limited tools like text editors. Instead, chapters 1-3 teach you how to set up and use VS 2005 to develop Windows applications so that you can take advantage of time-savers like refactoring and the interactive debugger right from the start. Then, later chapters cover VS tools for specific tasks, like one-click deployment.

#4: Complete applications show how all the pieces interact
The key to mastering C# development is to have plenty of real-world examples that show you how the features you're learning interact...and that help you avoid the problems that you can run into as you build complex applications. That's why this book gives you complete applications for functions like order entry (these can be downloaded for free from the Murach web site).

#5: The paired-pages format lets developers set their own pace
Murach books have a distinctive format, where each two-page spread presents a single topic. Both beginning and experienced developers find that this format makes it easy to focus on the information they need, whether they're using the book for training or reference. To see how this works, you can download sample chapters for free from the Murach web site.

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From the Publisher:

During the last 30 years, many customers have asked me how it is that a small publisher in Fresno can make the best programming books. The short answer is that no other publisher works the way we do.

Instead of using freelance writers who get no training, we use a small staff of programmers who are trained in our proven writing and teaching methods. Instead of publishing 40+ books each year, we focus on just a few. Instead of showing pieces of code, we provide complete applications that have been checked and re-checked for accuracy. And instead of rushing books to market, we refuse to let schedule or budget interfere with quality. As I see it, that's the only way to make sure that every book we publish is the best one on its subject.

That's why people often tell me that our books are the ones that they look for whenever they need to learn a new subject. Why not try this book and see for yourself!

From the Author:

When Joel and I set out to write this book, we realized that one of the biggest problems with C# is that the .NET Framework is enormous. With thousands of methods, properties, and events available, how does a beginner separate the wheat from the chaff to determine which parts of the framework are useful for everyday programming?

As a result, we set out to cover those topics that would be most useful for Windows forms applications. To our surprise, we found that most books completely ignore many of these topics, or cover them only superficially. For example, most books almost completely ignore data validation. We cover it thoroughly, showing you how to develop a Validation class with static methods for common validation requirements. And while most books offer just one chapter on database, we devote five chapters to ADO.NET database programming because we know database programming is at the heart of almost all C# development.

We also included a complete section on the practical use of object-oriented programming techniques, including topics such as inheritance, interfaces, operator overloading, and so on. However, instead of illustrating these concepts with make-believe objects such as dogs and cats as most books do, we show how you use these techniques with real-world business objects such as customers and products. And we show you how to develop database classes that populate these business objects with data – an important topic that most books leave you to figure out for yourself.

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