The book is aimed at novice programmers who wish to learn
programming with C# and the .NET framework. The book starts with
absolute programming basics. It then moves into Web and Windows
programming, data access (databases and XML), and more advanced
technologies such as graphics programming with GDI+ and basic
networking. The book is divided into sections including:
- The C# Language: Basic language skills using console
application. Content moves from the absolute basics to fairly
involved OOP skills.
- Windows Vista Programming: Using basic Windows
applications, reinforcing earlier OOP and debugging skills.
- Web Programming: Putting together basic Web
applications, highlighting differences between Web and Windows
- Data Access: Accessing all kinds of data sources from
Web and Windows applications, including SQL usage, XML, file system
data, and Web Services.
- Additional Techniques: "The fun stuff", including
Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow, Windows
Communication Foundation, GDI+, networking, Windows Services, and
The book makes complicated subjects seem easy to learn, and it
inspires readers to investigate areas further on their own by
providing references to additional material, and exercise questions
that require significant effort and personal research to