C# in Nutshell

 Date: August 11, 2014

C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference

C# 5.0 in a Nutshell is a great reference book about C#. Furthermore, it is worth reading it from the beginning to the end, to understand how C# works and to get familiar with the language features. This book can be used in the future as a reference. It describes many language features, which I have never used (after over 4 years of programming in C#) like some XML serializers, COM interoperability or advanced threading/tasking techniques. Now, I know about them and where to look if needed.

This book is rather for experienced C# programmers. I do not recommend it as the "first C# book". It has a lot of examples, but the structure is rather encyclopedia style, than discovering the language from the basics. For beginner I would recommend Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours.

C# in Nutshell has 1064 pages! Although it takes a while to read, it is worth your time if you think seriously about becoming a good C# programmer. There are very detailed overviews and analyses of the language, supported by examples. If you do not want to spend time reading the entire book, I recommend using it as a reference and start learning about the concrete feature, which you need at the time, from a specific chapter in this book.

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