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Practical C# WinForms and ASP .NET books?

I am looking for a practical C# / Visual Studio .NET book. One that doesn't concern itself so much with theory, but with what components are available.

There should be a chapter about WinForms components.

For each component, there should be a short description, then descriptions of it's most important properties, methods, etc.

The properties and methods that are rarely used should be left out.

A similar part of the book should be available for ASP .NET.

Also, another part of the book should concern itself with teaching how to do some things like:

- how do I connect to a .MDB table and display it's contents, in the simplest way possible (tutorial using visual components)?

- how do I retrieve a HTTP page from the net?

- how do I create a simple web service, and how do I access it?

I had such a book for Delphi, and when I started programming in Delphi, it gave me a hell of a boost in productivity and the ability to get things done.

Of course, the knowledge gained was shallow, and I needed to read the online help, and other books, in order to gain insight into what was really going on.

Now I need the same kind of boost in C#, WinForms and ASP .NET.

A book without endless descriptions of the .NET framework, but with a lot of emphasis on how to get things done. A cookbook, if you wish.

A book that gives a beginner (but one that knows the C# language itself pretty well) a hell of a productivity boost!

Is there such a book?

Thank you!

Michael Elm
Saturday, June 14, 2003

When I was starting, I found the Quickstart tutorials to be good.  There's four sections:  ASP.Net, WinForms, Compact Framework, and Common Tasks.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

I liked "Erik Brown's "Windows Forms Programming with C#". 

Check it out on or download a few sample chapters at:

Guy Incognito
Sunday, June 15, 2003

I haven't read it yet, but it's received kudos from Rob Howard (the ASP.NET Program Manager?):

"ASP.NET Developer's Cookbook"  by Steven A. Smith and Robert Howard

It even has "cookbook" in the title! :){D6C598D7-9B82-472C-A25E-45DDE67ABC7A}/selectDescTypeId~SAMPLE_CHAPTERS/st~39FD6D3C-D978-4664-A506-94F86D5E0028/session_id~{FFCDC45C-2283-4EF9-96C1-FF3A377D86F3}//catalog/product.asp

Guy Incognito
Sunday, June 15, 2003

Thank you very much to everybody who has given some advice on the books!

There should be a FAQ for this forum.

Michael Elm
Sunday, June 15, 2003

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