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Think Microsoft.NETby Bart A. DePetrillo
Synopses & Reviews
Think Microsoft .NET will provide the "big .NET picture" to help both developers and IT decision-makers decide whether they should explore .NET further. It is not a how-to book and isn't code-laden. The reader will take away a deep understanding of what .NET is and an understanding of the .NET Framework. This knowledge will provide an orientation and give them enough information to make a sound decision on whether or not they want to use .NET in their IT department or development future.
Bart A. DePetrillo is the co-founder of Newtelligence AG, a German company specializing in application development, consulting, and training for .NET technologies. He is also the author of technical educational materials for Microsoft and the ".NET Initiative."
His company has presented at the Microsoft .NET Technical Summit, Systems 2000 Conference, SIGS/101 Component Development 2000, and Microsoft TechEd 2000.
"Think Microsoft .NET" is not a how-to book and isn't code-laden. The reader will take away a deep understanding of what .NET is and an understanding of the .NET framework. This knowledge will provide an orientation and give them enough information to make a sound decision on whether they want to use .NET in their IT department or development future.
About the Author
Bart A. DePetrillo has worked professionally in the computer software industry for the last nine years in a range of different positions and with various companies. After earning his Master of Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematics at New York University he began working for the U.S. subsidiary of a leading German financial software company. Bart's career spanned from that of developer to Director of the New York office, where he worked for four years until becoming an independent consultant. In June of 2000 he and some of his former colleagues joined together to start newtelligence AG where he is responsible for content production, as well as international business development.
newtelligence AG has worked closely with Microsoft Germany to produce a readiness kit for .NET developers. The Microsoft .NET Developer Readiness Toolkit is a collection of 30 modules, each of which targets a specific area of .NET technology. The modules are designed for consultants and trainers to use to educate developers and get them up to speed on .NET. Each module is comprised of a presentation slide deck (PowerPoint) and speaker notes, both of which are distributable to clients to take home and for reuse and redelivery to customers. The content of the modules varies from overview to in-depth depending on the topic and many of the modules include sample source codes and references to other useful learning material. Of the 17 modules newtelligence AG produced, Bart authored or contributed to .NET Overview, XML, ADO.NET, HTTP, and .NET Framework Library. The other modules newtelligence AG authored include, but are not limited to C#, Visual Basic.NET, ASP.NET, Web Services Overview, Security, Context and Remoting, Reflection, and Managed C++.
Bart and newtelligence AG continue to produce customized content on .NET and BizTalk Server 2000 and present their material world-wide, including major conferences such as Microsoft TechEd 2000/2001, SIGS/101 XML One, and Microsoft Global Briefing. They also deliver onsite seminars, as well as host courses at their corporate headquarters.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)
I. INTRODUCTION TO .NET AND THE .NET FRAMEWORK.
1. Types of Software Systems Today.
Desktop Solutions. Client/Server Solutions. The Internet Solution.
2. Challenges of Software.
Challenges for the Development Organization. No Turning Back. Distribution: Production and Delivery. Challenges of the Corporate Customer.
3. Why .NET?
The Vision and Promise. Addressing the Developer Challenges. Introducing Web Services. .NET My Services.
4. What Is .NET?
Components of the .NET Framework. Services of the Framework Components.
II. DISSECTING THE .NET FRAMEWORK.
5. Introducing the Class Library.
Overview of Types. A Fully Object-Oriented Framework. Understanding Classes. Framework Organization: Namespaces. Single Inheritance. Multiple Inheritance. Creating Interfaces. Using Containers/Collections. ADO.NET. Window Forms. ASP.NET.
6. Common Language Runtime.
What's a Runtime? Overview of the Components Runtime. The Common Type System. Defining the Common Language Specification. Understanding the Garbage Collector. Using Just In Time Compiling. Considering Security. Additional Runtime Services. The AppDomain.
III. WEB SERVICES EXPLORED AND EXPLAINED.
7. Web Services.
The Web Technologies Behind Web Services. HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). eXtensible Markup Language (XML). Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). UDDI. Changing the Production/Consumption Paradigm.
8. The Visual Studio .NET.
Easing Developers into .NET. Understanding Project Templates. Using the Integrated Development _Environment (IDE). Understanding XML and the XML Designer. Working with Databases. Web Services Support. Case Studies on Visual Studio .NET.
IV. .NET MEETS THE ENTERPRISE SERVERS.
9. Introducing .NET Enterprise Servers.
BizTalk Server 2000. SQL Server 2000. Exchange 2000 Server. Host Integration Server 2000. Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000. Application Center 2000. Commerce Server 2000. Mobile Information 2001 Server. SharePoint Portal Server 2001.
V. MOVING FORWARD.
10. Migration Paths--From Anywhere to .NET.
Support for C/C++. Support for COM in .NET. From Visual Basic 6 to VB.NET. Java User Migration Path (JUMP) to Microsoft .NET.
11. Summarizing the Key Benefits of .NET.
Common Language Runtime. Web Services. Integration Existing Solutions. Assemblies Ease Deployment.
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