Sep 28

Book review: Parallel Programming with Microsoft VS 2010

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[Disclaimer: I’ve received a free copy of this book for reviewing]

A few days ago, I’ve received a copy of the Parallel Programming With MS VS 2010 book. Before delving into the parallel lib, the books starts by presenting several interesting concepts related with parallel/multithreaded programming. From chapter 2 onwards, it’s all about the Parallel Lib. Chapter 2 presents several concepts related with adding task parallelism in your apps and Chapter 3 moves forward and tries to present several interesting ideas associated with data parallelism. Chapter 5 wraps it up by presenting several PLINQ related concepts. In Chapter 5, the author presents the concurrent collections and Chapter 6 wraps it up by talking a little bit about the available options for customizing the parallel lib.

I must say that I was really excited when I received the book. After all, multithreading programming is one of the areas that I really like to dig into. Unfortunately, the excitement was gone after reading the first 3/4 chapters. I’ve got two problems with this book: the first is it presents the code step by step and then it shows all the code. In other words, the book has lots of extra pages which really don’t add anything to it. The second issue I have with the book is that it doesn’t go deep enough. The examples shown are rather simple and, in my opinion, don’t really bring much more than the online docs. Overall, I’m giving it a 5/10.