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Old October 5th, 2007, 04:27 PM
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Default How do I get started with .Net?

I've been programming in a Windows C++/MFC environment for a while and would like to start picking up some .Net skills. What would be appropriate books/book to start with? (If I was at the bookstore I could flip over the Wrox book and look at the suggested order to read .Net-related books).

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Hi tripsegars

Try to get a good Book like Beginning C# from Wrox. You can download express editions of Visual Studio from the Microsoft Website. VS2008 Express / VS2005 Express is a good one for learning C#. It comes with Help files too

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Hello trisegars, The Beginning C# book that is currently out deals with Visual C# Express (VCE) 2K5 which uses the current .NET 2.0 framework and The next incantation of this book, which is tentively due out around March, will use VCE 2008 and the 3.5 Framework which is currently in Beta.

Since you are coming from a c++/MFC background and c# syntax is similar to that of C++, I do not know that I would recommend the Beginners book for you but it would really depend on your ability as a programmer. So its a crap shoot.

What I might suggest is heading over to http://wrox.books24x7.com/ and buying a subscription to that service. It is $49.99 for a 3 month subscription and since you are planning to spend the money anyway the service is only 10 bux more then Beginning C# 2005 and the same price as Professional C# 2005. The bonus to subscribing to the service is that you would have access to the full manuscript of both books (as well as many others) and you could decide which book was right for you.

If you have any other questions we would be glad to help you!

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