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<pre>Author/s : Thuan Thai, Hoang, Q. Lam
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Other
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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".Net Framework Essentials" is a good introduction to the .Net framework. It will, however, leave you hungry for much more. The authors have chosen to keep their book short (300 pages) and yet cover most aspects of .Net. The authors start out with an overview of .Net and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). They then go on to discuss some simple programs written in the main supported .Net languages (VB.NET, Managed C++, and C#). The authors then move on to the meat of .Net. We get chapters on ADO.Net and integration with XML, Web Services, ASP.NET, and Windows Forms. What this means is that each topic is covered very briefly. For example, ASP.NET is covered in 60 pages. O'Reilly publishes a book on this topic that is almost 1,000 pages long! There is also nothing in the way of linking any of the information in the book to VisualStudio.Net which is the tool that most .Net developers will be using. Most of the examples in the book use C# so some knowledge of that language (or Java) will be helpful. As an overall view of and introduction to the .Net framework, this book is useful. Anyone unfamiliar with the different pieces that make up .Net will have a much clearer understanding when they have finished this book. But this will not be the last .Net book you need and it will not be a book that you refer back to very often.
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