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"Don taught me stuff I didn't know about my own product! And I bet he'll teach you something, too."
—From the Foreword by James Miller, Lead Program Manager, Common Language Runtime, Microsoft Corporation
Essential .NET, Volume 1 , provides everything developers need to take full advantage of the power of Microsoft .NET. This book describes, in depth, the glue of the .NET Framework: the Common Language Runtime (CLR). Box and Sells explain the inner workings of the CLR—the rationale behind its design, the problems it solves, and the role of type in CLR programming—and show readers how to build better applications using the .NET Framework while gaining a more complete understanding of how the CLR works.
The book is packed with the practical detail and expert advice only Don Box can provide. Topics covered include:
- CLR's evolution
- Assemblies in the .NET Framework
- The CLR type system
- Programming with type
- Objects and values
- Explicit method invocation
- Application domains
Essential .NET, Volume 1 , is an authoritative guide to the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime.
Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series are written and reviewed by the principal authorities and pioneering developers of the Microsoft .NET technologies, including the Microsoft .NET development team and DevelopMentor. Books in the Microsoft .NET Development Series focus on the design, architecture, and implementation of the Microsoft .NET initiative to empower developers and students everywhere with the knowledge they need to thrive in the Microsoft .NET revolution.
The first book in the "Microsoft .NET Development Series", this text is designed to enable developers to take advantage of the full power available to them in Microsoft .NET.
Master C# with two of the world's leading experts on Microsoft technology. Beyond the basics--building more robust, efficient, high-performance systems. Learn .NET architecture and elements: Common Language Runtime, ASP.NET, XML, SOAP, Web Services, and much more. Explains not just the "how to" of .NET and C#, but also the "why."
About the Author
is a leading educator, recognized authority on the Component Object Model (COM), coauthor of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) specification, and coiner of the term "COM is Love." He recently joined Microsoft as an architect in the Microsoft®
.NET Developer and Platform Evangelism Group.
Earlier in his career, Box cofounded DevelopMentor Inc., a component software think tank aimed at educating developers on the use of the COM, Java, and XML. A popular public speaker, Box is known for engaging audiences around the world, combining deep technical insight with often outrageous stunts.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Where Are We?
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
1. The CLR as a Better COM.
The Common Language Runtime.
The Evolution of the Programming Model.
Public Keys and Assemblies.
The CLR Loader.
Resolving Names to Locations.
3. Type Basics.
Types and Initialization.
Types and Interfaces.
Types and Base Types.
4. Programming with Type.
Types at Runtime.
Programming with Metadata.
Metadata and Extensibility.
Objects and Values Compared.
Variables, Parameters, and Fields.
Equivalence Versus Identity.
Object Life Cycle.
Methods and JIT Compilation.
Method Invocation and Type.
Interfaces, Virtual Methods, and Abstract Methods.
Explicit Method Invocation.
Indirect Method Invocation and Delegates.
Asynchronous Method Invocation.
7. Advanced Methods.
Messages as Method Calls.
Stack and Message Transitions.
Message Processing (Revisited).
Objects and Context.
Contexts and Interception.
Execution Scope and the CLR.
Programming with AppDomains.
AppDomains and the Assembly Resolver.
AppDomains and Code Management.
AppDomains and Objects (Revisited).
Components and Security.
10. CLR Externals.
Modes of Execution.
Loading the CLR.
The CLR as a COM Component.