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Introduction 1 Part I: C# Fundamentals HOUR 1: The .NET Framework and C# 5 The .NET Framework 5 The C# Language 13 Summary 20 Q&A 21 Workshop 21 Exercises 23 HOUR 2: Introducing Visual Studio 25 Introducing the Visual Studio Editions 26 Writing Your First Program 28 Debugging in Visual Studio 32 Visualizing Data 43 Commenting Your Code 44 Summary 46 Q&A 46 Workshop 47 Exercises 47 HOUR 3: Understanding C# Types 49 An Overview of Types 49 The C# Predefined Types 51 Other Commonly Used Types 55 Working with Operators 60 Default Values 66 Null and Nullable Types 67 Casting and Conversion 69 Summary 72 Q&A 73 Workshop 74 Exercises 75 HOUR 4: Understanding Classes and Objects the C# Way 77 Object-Oriented Programming 78 Component-Oriented Programming 79 Classes in C# 79 Scope and Declaration Space 79 Nested Classes 101 Partial Classes 101 Static Classes 102 Object Initializers 104 Summary 104 Q&A 105 Workshop 105 Exercises 107 HOUR 5: Inheritance, Interfaces, and Abstract Classes 109 Inheritance and Polymorphism 109 Abstract Classes and Members 120 Working with Interfaces 122 Summary 126 Q&A 126 Workshop 127 Exercises 128 HOUR 6: Creating Enumerated Types and Structures 129 Enumerated Types 129 Working with Structures 135 Summary 143 Q&A 143 Workshop 144 Exercises 144 HOUR 7: Events and Event Handling 147 Understanding Events 147 Subscribing and Unsubscribing 148 Publishing an Event 152 Raising an Event 154 Summary 157 Q&A 157 Workshop 158 Exercises 158 PART II: PROGRAMMING IN C# HOUR 8: Controlling Program Flow 159 Understanding the Selection Statements 159 Iteration Statements 165 Jump Statements 171 Summary 175 Q&A 175 Workshop 176 Exercises 177 HOUR 9: Using Strings and Regular Expressions 179 Strings 180 Mutable Strings Using StringBuilder 189 Type Formatting 191 Regular Expressions 199 Summary 201 Q&A 202 Workshop 202 Exercises 204 HOUR 10: Working with Arrays and Collections 205 Single and Multidimensional Arrays 205 Indexers 211 Generic Collections 213 Collection Initializers 227 Collection Interfaces 229 Enumerable Objects and Iterators 230 Summary 233 Q&A 233 Workshop 234 Exercises 235 HOUR 11: Handling Errors Using Exceptions 237 Understanding Exceptions 238 System.Exception 238 Throwing Exceptions 240 Handling Exceptions 241 Rethrowing Caught Exceptions 250 Overflow and Integer Arithmetic 252 Exceptions, Code Contracts, and Parameter Validation 253 Summary 258 Q&A 258 Workshop 259 Exercises 260 HOUR 12: Understanding Generics 261 Why You Should Use Generics 261 Using Generic Methods 269 Creating Generic Classes 271 Combining Generics and Arrays 273 Variance in Generic Interfaces 274 Working with Tuples 278 Summary 279 Q&A 280 Workshop 280 Exercises 281 HOUR 13: Understanding Query Expressions 283 Introducing LINQ 283 Using LINQ to Manipulate Data 284 Standard Query Operator Methods 296 Deferred Execution 300 Summary 301 Q&A 302 Workshop 302 Exercises 302 PART III: WORKING WITH DATA HOUR 14: Using Files and Streams 303 Files and Directories 303 Reading and Writing Data 314 Summary 322 Q&A 322 Workshop 323 Exercises 323 HOUR 15: Working with XML 325 Understanding the XML DOM 326 Using LINQ to XML 327 Selecting and Querying XML 334 Modifying XML 338 Summary 341 Q&A 341 Workshop 342 Exercises 342 HOUR 16: Working with Databases 343 Prerequisites 343 Understanding ADO.NET 346 Understanding LINQ to ADO.NET 351 Summary 361 Q&A 362 Workshop 363 Exercises 363 PART IV: BUILDING AN APPLICATION USING VISUAL STUDIO HOUR 17: Building a Windows Application 365 Understanding WPF 365 Creating a WPF Application 372 Styling the Layout 381 Summary 383 Q&A 383 Workshop 384 Exercises 384 HOUR 18: Using Data Binding and Validation 385 Understanding Data Binding 385 Converting Data 392 Validating Data 396 Working with Data Templates 399 Summary 400 Q&A 400 Workshop 401 Exercises 401 HOUR 19: Building Windows Store Apps 403 Understanding the Windows Runtime 404 What's a Windows Store App? 405 Working Asynchronously 408 Building an App 412 Summary 417 Q&A 417 Workshop 417 Exercises 417 HOUR 20: Building a Web Application 419 Understanding Web Application Architecture 419 Working with ASP.NET 420 Creating a Web Application 423 Understanding Data Validation 432 Summary 435 Q&A 435 Workshop 436 Exercises 436 PART V: DIVING DEEPER HOUR 21: Programming with Attributes 437 Understanding Attributes 437 Using the Caller Info Attributes 440 Working with the Common Attributes 442 Using Custom Attributes 446 Accessing Attributes at Runtime 447 Summary 448 Q&A 449 Workshop 449 Exercises 449 HOUR 22: Dynamic Types and Language Interoperability 451 Using Dynamic Types 451 Understanding the DLR 456 Interoperating with COM 459 Reflection Interoperability 461 Summary 462 Q&A 462 Workshop 463 Exercises 463 HOUR 23: Memory Organization and Garbage Collection 465 Memory Organization 465 Garbage Collection 466 Understanding the IDisposable Interface 467 Using the Dispose Pattern 469 Declaring and Using Finalizers 470 Summary 472 Q&A 472 Workshop 473 Exercises 474 HOUR 24: Understanding Threads, Concurrency, and Parallelism 475 Understanding Threads and Threading 475 Concurrency and Synchronization 476 Understanding the Task Parallel Library 481 Working with Parallel LINQ (PLINQ) 487 Potential Pitfalls 488 Summary 489 Q&A 490 Workshop 491 Exercises 492 Index 493

About the Author

Scott J. Dorman is a Microsoft C# MVP, speaker, blogger, and the creator of the WP Requests and WinStore Requests websites. Scott has been involved with computers in one way or another for as long as he can remember, but started professionally in 1993 and has been working with .NET and C# since 2001. Currently, Scott's primary focus is developing commercial software applications using Microsoft .NET technologies. Scott runs a software architecture-focused user group, speaks extensively (including at Microsoft TechEd and community-sponsored code camps), and contributes regularly to online communities such as The Code Project and StackOverflow. Scott also maintains a .NET Framework and C#-focused technology blog at http://geekswithblogs.com/sdorman.

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