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Head First C# by Andrew Stellman
Head First C#

IADEV, September 2, 2013

If one has never seen the Head First series, readers who want a straight reference manual will likely find many of the jokes and diagrams to be distracting. Make sure you look at the sample pages or other references as some will note that the presentation just isn't for them. For me, it was nice to have a different layout for variety from the common format of most of the past few tech books I have read. Having some programming experience in various other languages, I approached this book trying to learn more about C# and the .NET ecosystem and experienced a gentle intro to the language overall. One of the things that I had heard about and was curious to dig into was LINQ. Chapter 14 gave some clear examples and explanations of the concepts involved and was good in for general knowledge since these concepts have been ported to other languages as well. Even though I was newer to the .NET ecosystem, this work gave me the knowledge to hit the ground running.

Overall conclusion: Lives up to the Head First series line of resources.

Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book for review as part of O'Reilly blogger program.
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Java Network Programming by Elliotte Rusty Harold
Java Network Programming

IADEV, August 20, 2013

Deep Dive Networking in Java
I reviewed this upcoming fourth edition while it was part of O'Reilly's Early Release program. I had not seen previous editions of this book, but this edition appears to be updated to include newer Java apis when I reviewed the early release copy. General networking topics are covered in this book but it stays true to its Java language focus and users should not be surprised to see many examples and api signatures throughout the work. The readers that will likely get the most out of this book are Java programmers (with at least a basic knowledge of the language) who need a jump start on the topic of networking in your code. My favorite chapter was URLConnections. To me, it was directly related to practical work I had done in the past and gave me more details that I wish I had dug into at the time. The multiple socket chapters were also interesting reads for me. The more you get into any general programming language, you start to realize that their are many subtopics that one can drill down into and networking is one that deserves in-depth treatment that can be found in this book.

Overall conclusion: For the Java developer looking for more networking knowledge to add to their language skillset.

Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book for review as part of O'Reilly blogger program.
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