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Default Welcome!

Welcome to this thread. I try to check in here at least several times each week. If you have questions about the topics in the book, of have found typos or other errors, please let me know about them. If you have suggestions to make this a better book, I'd like to hear those. Past readers have helped to make this current edition better than my previous book.

If you are a teacher, an Instructor's Pack should be available fairly soon. It contains overhead (PowerPoint) slides with notes, a syllabus, and a test bank. Contact your distributor for details on how to obtain the Instructor's Pack.

Keep me posted and, again, welcome. I really think you'll like OOP and C#.
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Default Nice Book -- One issue

The book has been very helpful to get my understanding of C# and OOP programming to a higher level. While the book, up to Chapter 13 (where I am currently) has explained things very well and understandable I have found issue with the code examples. For instance:

Chapter 10 Listing 10-7 in switch(betResult) in case of a player losing the book is missing the minus sign before equal sign and wager:

Book has: myRules.Balance = wager;
Should be: myRules.Balance -= wager;

Code on the website is correct.

Also just found that code for Chapter 12 Listing 12-4 also suffers from the same issue (missing the '-' in places).

This only causes some minor confusion while reading as without the '-' the code does not make sense.
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Default Missing Minus signs

I noticed that the switch between my writing version, which used Open Source text editor, and the version used by the editors caused a minus sign to get dropped every once and a while. Obviously, I thought we had caught them, but it appears some slipped through. There may be more. If so, please let us know.

Sorry for the errors.
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Default Beginning Object-Oriented Programming with C# and Visual Studio

I just acquired a copy of this book. Unfortunately the world moves very fast. Only VS 2013 is available now. I read in an earlier post how VS changed your operating system to Windows 8. I really, really don't want windows 8. So do I download VS 2013? I'm a lot old school when it comes to programming. The last time I programed was with assembler for the IBM 360, and then later BASIC, COBOL, and some Fortran. I can't seem to wrap my head around Object Oriented Programming, and I really want to catch up to the rest of the world. Thought this book would be a good start, but it looks like I got to it a little late.
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i have not seen that vs 2013 change the OS nor have i heard of such a thing. It does how ever have the look and feel of windows 8 applications and not so much the standard applications with framed windows. I have it installed on my windows 7 desktop with out any issues.
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Default Windows 8

I'm using 2013 with Win 7 without problem. Also, I think you can still download VS Express 2010, too. Like you, I've avoided Win 8 for now...I just don't want to take the time to learn how to use it. Let us know if you have issues running it on Win 7...you shouldn't.
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Default Teaching style - Comparison this book (2012) vs. Beginning C# 3.0

Hello,

I have been looking at both "Beginning Object-Oriented Programming with C#" (2012) and the "Beginning C# 3.0: An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming" over at amazon. Could you please tell me if the teaching style is the same in both books?

Thank you.

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Default Visual C# 2010 Express - Still Available

Since VS Express 2010 is mentioned in the discussion I am providing a link to Microsofts official website. It is available here:

https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/d...d-2010-express
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Default Which book?

Personally, even though there are lower average reviews for the latest book, I think it's a better book and more complete. If you read the bad reviews, some comments are pretty trivial, like not telling the reader to hit Enter after they make a statement change. Really? The book would be ten times longer with no real increase in content. One bad comment was about the eBook version and that has been addressed. Also, read the good reviews, too.

The teaching style is the same in both books. I write all my books like I'm talking with you. My teaching experience has helped to identify the areas that are most likely going to be difficult at first blush, so I do spend more time on those topics. That's a major difference between my books and other authors. While I have no doubt they are very good technically, many have never stood in front of 100 pairs of eyes and tried to provide an answer that removes those deer-in-the-headlights stares. Knowing those difficulties and having spent decades answering them really helps getting things across to the reader.

Rather than using the Visual Studio Express 2010 version, download the newer free Visual Studio Community edition. In essence, Microsoft has made the complete Visual Studio available for free. You can use VSE 2010 if you wish, but I see no reason not to use VSC.
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Thank you very much for your elaborate reply Dr. Purdum.

Regarding some of the reviews over at amazon I agree that they are misleading. I first read the reviews for "Beginning C# 3.0" and when I noticed that there was a newer version and read those reviews I decided to do a thorogh look at what the bad ones was about. So I read the comments and ended up here at Wrox. I have found the "errata" for the book and have also read most of the posted threads. So it looks to me that things are well sorted out. With the additional information you provided in your reply I will support you and buy the book.

Based on what I have read my impression is that your work is the best available for beginners, so I am really looking forward to getting started. When I am done I will do an honest review over at amazon where I will also do a thorough counterweight to the unsober mess.

Kind regards,
Archer

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