For Immediate Release
October 9, 2002
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C# for the Inexperienced
O’Reilly Releases”Learning C#”

Sebastopol, CA–Most C# books are written for experienced C++ and Java
programmers. If you are a novice programmer, or have experience in VB6
or other procedural programming languages, and want to learn C#, you’ve
been out of luck–until now. Jesse Liberty, author of the best-selling
books “Programming C#” and “Programming ASP.NET,” has written “Learning
C#” (O’Reilly, US $34.95), an entry-level guide to learning the C#
language. Written in a warm and friendly manner, the book assumes no
prior programming experience, and provides an easy introduction to
Microsoft’s premier .NET language.

“I received quite a bit of feedback about my ‘Programming C#’ book,”
Liberty explains. “The principal concern seems to be that it was
targeted at programmers with experience in object-oriented languages
such as C++ and Java. There was a strong feeling that many programmers
will come to C# from non-object oriented languages such as Visual Basic
6 or from script programming. There will also be programmers for whom
C# will be their first language. I wanted to write a book that would
serve as an onramp to C# and .NET programming in general.”

“Learning C#” helps readers build a solid foundation in .NET, and shows
them how to apply their skills through the use of dozens of tested
examples. They will learn about the syntax and structure of the C#
language, including operators, classes and interfaces, structs, arrays,
and strings. The book then demonstrates how to develop various kinds of
applications–including those that work with databases–and web
services. Topics covered in the book include:

-Variables and constants
-Looping and branching
-Classes and objects
-Inheritance and polymorphism
-Operator overloading
-String objects and regular expressions
-Exceptions and debugging

The book also includes an introduction to the Virtual Studio .NET
Integrated Development Environment (IDE), a tool designed to help in
writing .NET applications.

Once they have mastered the subjects in “Learning C#,” readers will be
ready to move on to more advanced programming guides, with an aim to
developing Windows and web applications. Liberty includes pointers to
many print and online resources that will help readers in this pursuit.
Regardless of their programming background, or lack thereof, readers
will find that “Learning C#” sets them firmly on their way to mastering
the essentials of the C# language.

Additional Resources:

“Learning C#” is also available on Safari Books Online, see:

Chapter 2, “Getting Started with C#,” is available free online at:

For more information about the book, including Table of Contents,
index, author bio, and samples, see:

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Learning C#
Jesse Liberty
ISBN 0-596-00376-5, 354 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)

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