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Learning C#

Discussion in 'Scripting & Programming' started by nellyp123, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. nellyp123

    nellyp123 Byte Poster

    I just started learning C# and i have a book called Beginning C# 2008 by jack Purdum. Just wondered is anyone
    else learning C# (or ASP.NET) and using or used this book. If not then what book are you using.

    I'm asking this because i don't want to start learning C# without a decent book as i did when i started learning Actionscript 3.0. I brought two books on Actionscript and couldn't get on with either of them, so i wasted a lot of my time and money until i eventually found one. Also i have downloaded the free visual C# Express edition and wondered if this will be suffice?

    Sorry if this has been asked before on here, but I'm to lazy to look!!!!! :biggrin
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  2. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Not into programming myself but you may also wnat to check the MS e-learning. This is the stuff :


    There may be some free stuff in there
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  3. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    I keep meaning to get into C#, but i never get around to it.

    I develop in vb.net, and some of the other guys here know C++ (and possibly c#). Vb and c# are close enough functionally, that if you need any help, just let us know. we should be able to offer some help.
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  4. jo74

    jo74 Byte Poster

    Check out this posting on Certforums http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/thread23824.html
    It's a review of a book called Head First C#
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  5. Davidus

    Davidus Nibble Poster

    Hi Nellyp123

    I'm new to programming but have just got the Head First C# book ( a week ago) and am currently on page 40.

    I can't seriously rate this book yet as I don't believe I'm far enough into it to judge properly, but 1st impressions...

    The first section (which is where I am on) has got me creating a database (6 records) and to display this on a form (it makes sense when you read the book), using the Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Visual basic 2008 Exprerss can be downloaded from the Microsoft's website, which I believe you've already done ( and yes, that would suffice for this book).

    A basic description of the IDE (and I mean basic) is that it compiles some of the more mundane code without having to get you to do it (not a bad idea lol).

    Anyway, back to the book, even though I've just started on it (and even though I said I shouldn't really judge it) I would have to recommend it. Its style is more 'pictorial' which the writers belive aids the student to remember more of the content (a style I believe runs through the Head First series).

    Its premise is to get you to be 'a proficient Visual C# programmer, designing and coding large-scale applications'. It covers Visual C# 2008, Visual Srtudio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.

    It seems to be exactly what I want out of a study book, as I'm new to programming, and as its not terribly expensive (from the likes of Amazon etc) I believe it wouldn't harm your finances to get this.

    If you want any more details, PM me and I'll get back to you.

    Hope some of the above helps.

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  6. nellyp123

    nellyp123 Byte Poster

    Many thanks people for your replies. Davidus!.......i have now brought the head first book that you recommended.
    Cost me £16, so you better be right or i will get Mitzs to duck tape ya!!! LOL!

    I will let you know how i get on and perhaps we could help each other out. Many thanks!

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  7. Davidus

    Davidus Nibble Poster

    Hi Neil

    OMG - A duck taping from Mitzs!!!!! :biggrin:twisted:

    Just a quick update. Have gone on from Page 40 and I finally get to see some code, lol.

    Please do let me know what you think and Yes, it would be good to help each other, though I suspect it may well be me asking most of the questions, :).

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