The first edition of this book was released during the 2001 at TechEd conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, C# and the .NET Platform has been translated into eight different languages, nominated as a 2002 Jolt Award Finalist, and named winner of the 2003 Referenceware Excellence Awards in the best programming book category. For those of you who have read the first edition, we’re happy to report that the C# and .NET Platform, Second Edition has gone through a substantial upgrade. You will find that every chapter has been updated with additional fresh content. Several new chapters exist, including coverage of the .NET Remoting layer, core CLR atoms, and a much deeper treatment of ASP.NET. As always, the story is told using a friendly and approachable voice. If you are checking out this book for the first time, understand that this text is intended for developers who already have some experience in a modern object language. The mission of this text is to provide you with a solid foundation of the C# language and the key aspects of the .NET platform (assemblies, Windows Forms, Web Forms, etc.). Once you read and absorb these twenty chapters, you will be in a perfect position to apply this knowledge to your specific programming assignments, and you will be well equipped to explore the .NET universe on your own terms.
Andrew Troelsen is a partner, trainer, and consultant at IntertechInc., and is a leading authority on both .NET and COM. His book Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is now in its third edition. Also of note are his earlier fivestar treatment of traditional COM in the bestselling Developers Workshop to COM and ATL mirrored in his book, COM and .NET Interoperability, and his topnotch investigation of VB .NET in Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform An Advanced Guide. Troelsen has a degree in mathematical linguistics and South Asian studies from the University of Minnesota and is a frequent speaker at numerous .NETrelated conferences. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Amanda, and spends his free time investigating .NET and waiting for the Wild to win the Stanley Cup.