C# in Depth – it’s really real

On Saturday, when I returned from Mountain View, there were two boxes waiting for me. Guess what was inside…

So yes, it really exists, it’s slightly slimmer than expected – and even Amazon have it for sale now instead of as a “pre-release”. Apparently they’ll have stock on May 3rd. Now that it’s on “normal” sale, it’s open for reviews. So, any of you who happen to have read the eBook and wish to make your feelings clear on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, please feel very free… (Really, I’d appreciate it. But please be honest!)

On a different note, it’s just under two years since I first talked to Manning about Groovy in Action. Since then we’ve had two more sons, I’ve changed jobs twice, and written/co-written two books. (Holly’s probably written about 10… I’ve lost track of just how many she’s got on the go at any one time.) Wow. It feels more like five years. Who knows what the next two years will bring?

18 thoughts on “C# in Depth – it’s really real

  1. I have copy on pre-order at amazon.co.uk – so should be winging its way over any day now.

    So is there any C#/dotNet use at all at google? I’m guessing not – it’s all C++, Java, Javascript, Perl, etc. right?

  2. Interesting. What are your thoughts on Joshua’s comments regarding LINQ? I think there is a common misconception and more of a “oh let me look cool with this reply when I’m not too sure about things” when someone says that the side-effects of LINQ are bad.

  3. @Joe: There’s a real concern over how “var” will affect the readability of C# (in the real world – how it will actually get used). Personally I don’t think it’ll be a problem, but I don’t think the concern is unreasonable.

    I *was* more concerned about it than I now am, by the way – I’m happy to use it in situations where previously I’d have dismissed it as lazy.

    In the end though, we’ll have to wait and see – and it’s not like we’ll ever have a concrete answer anyway. In some ways LINQ is a bit of a bold experiment. Are developers ready for a somewhat functional way of coding? I really hope so – but we’ll see.

    It’s worth bearing in mind that this Q&A session with Josh was at the end of a talk where he was being conservative about changes in Java, too. There are two main proposals around closures in Java at the moment, and Josh is (or at least was) resisting the more complicated (and powerful) design. He’s deeply concerned about how much the “average” developer has to understand.


  4. Congrats Jon. I’ve had your book ‘on order’ from Amazon for quite a while.

    For your next book, write about IL !
    I don’t think its really been done… (if so, please link)

  5. Is it possible for you to publish the table of contents of your book? I didn’t see it available on amazon or B&N.

  6. just received your book from amazon. it better be as good as your reputation is :o)

  7. It turned up today from Amazon, I wasn’t expecting it until the end of the month! You’re right, it is slimmer than I expected, but to be honest, I’m sick of books that weigh in at thousands of pages. I would be much happier if, when an author thinks he needs 2000 pages, he broke it down into four volumes (And then threw out the rubbish one).

    Anyway, I’ve only flicked through it and read the first chapter. So far I’m liking it lots.

    How goes Google??


  8. Jon, I just received my copy of your last book and I can wait to read it ! Fortunatly, my wife is out tonight : I think it will be a GREAT alone-across-the-sofa-with-a-great-mint-tea reading experience ^^.

    By the way, I’m working (in C# of course) in Paris right now and I have ordered this book using (Amazon.fr){}. Think that I should be the very first to write a comment in french about it :o)

    By the way #2 : I know you since I got, well… an illegal copy of your eBook on the internet 2 weeks ago… But I love it immediatly so I bought it the same day. eBooks should be free : I own a paper copy of every one that I loved.

    All the best,

  9. @Sylvain: I’ll look forward to seeing your review – please let me know if/when you post it, as I don’t check .fr very often. (My vanity in regularly checking for reviews is somewhat shameful, I’ll admit.)

    As for a somewhat dodgy copy of the ebook – I’m aware they’re out there. I did mail the publishers about one link, then found there were so many other copies around, it didn’t seem worth it. I’m glad they helped you to find the book, whatever the means.

    Hope you enjoy it – and have fun with C# 3!


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