Sebastopol, CA--When Microsoft unveiled the .NET platform at its
Professional Developers Conference last year, they set many seasoned
developers scrambling for information about how to build applications
for the new .NET environment. Thuan Thai and Hoang Lam, coauthors of
the latest release from O'Reilly,
$29.95), were among those who saw both the potential and the challenges
of Microsoft's new strategy. As Thai remarks, "PCD 2000 was one of
those memorable conferences, because it revealed many new technical
solutions to today's development problems. There were so many fine,
technical traits within the .NET Framework that I had to draft a short
course on .NET to spread the news." Since that time, Thai has presented
a series of lectures explaining the .NET Framework to programmers and
software developers, lectures that later became the basis of this new
In the years to come, it is predicted that more than six million
developers of Microsoft-based software will build their applications
using the .NET Framework, described by Microsoft as the infrastructure
for the overall .NET platform. Coauthors Thai and Lam provide a concise
and technical overview of the .NET framework to help programmers make
the transition to the world of .NET programming.
Essentials covers all the topics .NET developers will need to
understand, from the underlying Common Language Run-Time (CLR) and Base
Class Libraries to the specialized packages for ASP .NET, Web Forms,
Windows Forms, XML, and data access (ADO .NET). The authors survey each
of the major .NET languages, including VB .NET, C#, and Managed C++, as
well as MSIL, the intermediate language understood by the CLR.
Essentials is also one of the first books to cover the
Beta 2 version of the .NET Framework, released at Microsoft's Tech-Ed
Conference in June, 2001, which coincides with the release of this
book. "There are many differences between Beta 1 and Beta 2," Thai
explains, "But we took great effort to ensure that '.NET Framework
Essentials' conforms to Beta 2."
Specifically written for intermediate to advanced VB, C/C++, Java, and
Delphi developers, .NET Framework Essentials will also be useful to
system architects and leaders who are assessing tools for future
projects. As Thai explains, "While this book is for any person
interested in learning about the .NET framework, it targets seasoned
developers with experience in building Windows applications with Visual
Studio 6 and Visual Basic and C# languages. Java and C/C++ developers
will also be well prepared for the material presented here. To gain the
most from this book, you should have experience in object-oriented,
component, enterprise, and web application development."
About the Authors:
Thuan Thai is author of Learning DCOM
(O'Reilly, 1999) He has been
giving technical presentations on the .NET platform to CrossTier
clients since announcement of the initiative in July 2000.
Hoang Lam is a senior developer at CrossTier.com and an instructor in web
development at Georgetown University. At CrossTier.com he specializes
in developing B2B web sites using Microsoft tools.
Chapter 6, "Web
Services," is available free online.
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By Thuan Thai and Hoang Lam
ISBN 0-596-00165-7, 320 pages, $29.95 (US)