C# / .NET for the C++/Java developer

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    C# / .NET for the C++/Java developer

    Before I start... I DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE A WHICH TECHNOLOGY IS BETTER THREAD!

    Ok, that being said... Anyone know of what books/tutorials would suit someone who is trying to expand their marketability. My internship has come to an end as a Perl/PHP/Java Web Developer... and as I am looking for another job in the software development field I am seeing an overwhelming amount of .NET job openings, some Java ones... and like 1 C++ one (which was for a head programmer position heh)

    I don't know where to start other than the standard 'Hello World!' and where to go from there?

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    Petzold has a new 'programming windows with C#' book. That'd probably be my choice based on his books Win32API stuff


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    Andrew Troelsen's Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform seems like a decent book so far. Troelsen does know that .NET works on more than Windows (I've read about how he installed Linux on a PlayStation 2 and compiled .NET code on it). I like how his book isn't going to require you use Visual Studio for the examples.

    Professional C# 2005 (Wrox, has 5 or more authors) looks like another one worth looking into. I scanned over it at a bookstore and have read some of an earlier edition.

    I just recommend making sure it isn't too introductory. Both these books have a little on the basics, but should get you into some good C#. After reading either of these (or books of similar level and quality) you should be able to get most of your answers from the .NET SDK docs.
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    Ah, thank you both, I will go to a local used book shop and see what those are going for... I have 'Programming in the Key of C#' from 2004 and that is my only C# book... it was bought for me and until now. I haven't even had teh slightest desire to learn C#. But, since all the jobs in the area are for C# programmers, it looks as if I have no real choice.

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    Hmmm, I was thinking about learning C# this summer too (didn't get around to it), but does anyone else find it odd that there aren't any tutorials for C# on cprogramming.com even though there is a forum for it?

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    Because as much as C# claims to be like C/C++ it is Java...

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    There is more then 1 difference between C# and Java ( not intended to start the C# vs. Java discussion or whatever ).

    I prefer C# over Java. In college we had 1 year of Java, then some J# after that we moved on to C#. I don't know how it comes but I find C# far more intuitive then Java.

    Also if I could I would send you a copy of my C# course book ( which was written by our programming prof ). It starts from the view that you already know Java and from there we dive into C#, so this would be perfect for you.

    If it was not that there was copyright on it and that I don't have a digital version and that it's in dutch , else I'd be happy to send it to you since I still use it at times just as a reference.

    Anyway since you are experienced in Java and know C/C++ it won't be too difficult, basically it's just another syntax, and there are some cool features like indexers, the getters and setters which are no longer real functions ( as opposed to the Java getters and setters ).

    With a good book, and some online tutorials I bet you will be programming the same things in C# you used to do in Java within a month or so ( not even that long ).

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