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Book Review: C# 5.0 Pocket Reference

Instant Help for C# 5.0 Programmers

This little book is great when you don't feel like toting around the full version of C# 5.0 in a Nutshell. It is chapters 2,3, and 4 of C# 5.0 in a Nutshell.

I take it along on trips where I can put it in my pocket. It is perfect for shopping trips with my wife. It gives me something to read while waiting outside the dressing room.

So far I have bought and read this book from cover to cover every time a new version comes out. It is a great way to get a refresh on everything that is available in the core C# language.

I have pasted the table of contents below to give you an idea of how much this little book covers.

A First C# Program
Syntax
Type Basics
Numeric Types
Boolean Type and Operators
Strings and Characters
Arrays
Variables and Parameters
Expressions and Operators
Statements
Namespaces
Classes
Inheritance
The object Type
Structs
Access Modifiers
Interfaces
Enums
Nested Types
Generics
Delegates
Events
Lambda Expressions
Anonymous Methods
try Statements and Exceptions
Enumeration and Iterators
Nullable Types
Operator Overloading
Extension Methods
Anonymous Types
LINQ
Dynamic Binding
Attributes
Caller Info Attributes (C# 5.0)
Asynchronous Functions (C# 5.0)
Unsafe Code and Pointers
Preprocessor Directives
XML Documentation

I would also recommend getting Linq Pocket Reference. I usually keep both together.

I really like that this book has an index. A very nice index. I have purchased other pocket version books and even some short full size books lately that don't have one. It is very annoying to not have an index.

Another part of this book I love is the way the authors deliver the code samples using LINQPad. I own the full auto completion version of LINQPad and it rocks. I have been using it since its first release and it has become my favorite tool when working with databases.

If you are looking for an easy to use C# language reference, this is definitely the way to go!!!

C# 5.0 Pocket Reference: Instant Help for C# 5.0 Programmers

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Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.