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Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2017: Using .NET Core and Modern JavaScript Frameworks

Author: Philip Japikse
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Publisher: Apress ( 9 July 2017)

Learn how to build web applications from three Microsoft MVPs. After building the data application layer using Entity Framework Core and a RESTful service using ASP.NET Core, you will then build the client side web application three ways: first, using ASP.NET Core, then using Angular 2, and, finally, using React. You will be able to compare and contrast these UI frameworks and select the best one for your needs.

.NET Core is a complete rewrite of the popular .NET and its related frameworks. While many concepts are similar between .NET Core and the .NET 4.6 framework, there are revolutionary changes as well, including updates to Entity Framework Core and ASP.NET Core. The first section of this book covers the three main parts of building applications with C#: Entity Framework, ASP.NET Core Services, and ASP.NET Core Web Applications.

There is also an explosion in popularity of JavaScript frameworks for client side development, and the authors cover two of the most popular UI frameworks. Start with TypeScript for developing clean JavaScript, along with a client side build tool such as Gulp, Grunt, and WebPack. Using the same data access layer and RESTful service from the .NET Core application, you can rebuild the UI using Angular 2. Then, repeat the process using React, for a true comparison of building client side applications using ASP.NET Core, Angular 2, and React.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of .NET Core and what that means to the traditional .NET developer
  • Build a data access layer with Entity Framework Core, a RESTful service with ASP.NET Core MVC, and a website with ASP.NET Core MVC and Bootstrap
  • Automate many build tasks with client side build utilities

Who This Book Is For

Intermediate to advanced .NET developers

Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step (8th Edition) (Developer Reference)

Author: John Sharp
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Publisher: Microsoft Press ( 9 November 2015)

Your hands-on guide to Microsoft Visual C# fundamentals with Visual Studio 2015
Expand your expertise--and teach yourself the fundamentals of programming with the latest version of Visual C# with Visual Studio 2015. If you are an experienced software developer, you’ll get all the guidance, exercises, and code you need to start building responsive, scalable Windows 10 and Universal Windows Platform applications with Visual C#.
Discover how to:

  • Quickly start creating Visual C# code and projects with Visual Studio 2015
  • Work with variables, operators, expressions, and methods
  • Control program flow with decision and iteration statements
  • Build more robust apps with error, exception, and resource management
  • Master the essentials of Visual C# object-oriented programming
  • Use enumerations, structures, generics, collections, indexers, and other advanced features
  • Create in-memory data queries with LINQ query expressions
  • Improve application throughput and response time with asynchronous methods
  • Decouple application logic and event handling
  • Streamline development with new app templates
  • Implement the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern
  • Build Universal Windows Platform apps that smoothly adapt to PCs, tablets, and Windows phones
  • Integrate Microsoft Azure cloud databases and RESTful web services
About You
  • For software developers who are new to Visual C# or who are upgrading from older versions
  • Readers should have experience with at least one programming language
  • No prior Microsoft .NET or Visual Studio development experience required

Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015

Author: William Penberthy
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Publisher: Wrox (26 January 2016)

The complete guide to the productivity and performance enhancements in ASP.NET

Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 is your ultimate guide to the latest upgrade of this historically popular framework. Fully updated to align with the vNext release, this new edition walks you through the new tools and features that make your workflow smoother and your applications stronger. You'll get up to speed on the productivity and performance improvements, and learn how Microsoft has committed itself to more continuous innovation by increasing its release cadence for all products and services going forward. Coverage includes Async-aware debugging, ADO.NET idle connection resiliency, managed return value inspection, ASP.NET app suspension, on-demand large object heap compaction, multi-core JIT and more.

The news of an off-cycle update to ASP.NET came as a surprise, but its announcement garnered cheers at the 2014 Microsoft BUILD conference. This guide shows you what all the fuss is about, and how Microsoft overhauled the latest ASP.NET release.

  • Get acquainted with the new developer productivity features
  • Master the new tools that build better applications
  • Discover what's new in Windows Store app development
  • Learn how Microsoft fixed the issues that kept you from v5

Over 38 million websites are currently using ASP.NET, and the new upgrade is already leading to increased adoption. Programmers need to master v6 to remain relevant as web development moves forward. Beginning ASP.NET for Visual Studio 2015 walks you through the details, and shows you what you need to know so you can get up and running quickly.

Microsoft Visual C# 2013 Step by Step (Step by Step Developer)

Author: John Sharp
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (25 November 2013)

Your hands-on guide to Visual C# fundamentals

Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Visual C# 2013. If you have previous programming experience but are new to Visual C# 2013, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques.

Discover how to:

  • Create and debug C# applications in Visual Studio 2013
  • Work with variables, identifiers, statements, operators, and methods
  • Create interfaces and define abstract classes
  • Write robust code that can catch and handle exceptions
  • Display and edit data using data binding with Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework
  • Respond to user input and touchscreen gestures
  • Handle events arising from multiple sources
  • Develop your first Windows 8.1 apps

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed (3rd Edition)

Author: Lars Powers
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Publisher: Sams Publishing ( 5 September 2015)

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 empowers you to write next-generation applications for any modern environment: mobile, web, cloud, universal Windows 10/8.x, database, and beyond. This end-to-end deep dive will help working developers squeeze maximum productivity out of Microsoft’s powerful new toolset.


The authors combine authoritative and detailed information about Microsoft’s latest IDE, with extensive insights and best practices drawn from decades of development experience. Developers will quickly get comfortable with Visual Studio 2015’s updated interface, master its new capabilities, leverage its extensive new support for open standards, and discover multiple opportunities to leverage its .NET 4.6 platform and language improvements.


By focusing entirely on Visual Studio 2015 Professional, the authors go deeper into Microsoft’s core product than ever before. You’ll find expert coverage of everything from debugging through deploying to Azure, IDE extension and automation through cross-platform mobile development. Throughout, this book’s focus is relentlessly practical: how to apply Microsoft’s tools to build better software, faster.

Detailed information on how to...

  • Master Visual Studio 2015’s updated interface and key tools: Solutions, Projects, Browsers, Explorers, Editors, and Designers to improve productivity
  • Develop robust cross-platform mobile apps for Windows, iOS, and Android using Apache Cordova templates for Visual Studio
  • Use the new ASP.NET 5 to build modern web solutions that run on Windows, Mac, or Linux
  • Develop Single Page Applications (SPAs) based on HTML5 and rich client-side JavaScript frameworks such as Knockout, AngularJS, Bootstrap, and more
  • Accelerate cloud development with the Azure SDK, QuickStart templates, and Azure management portal
  • Create mobile service solutions using ASP.NET Web API and WCF
  • Streamline data development across multiple platforms with Entity Framework 7
  • Develop modern Microsoft Office business applications
  • Perform robust, automated unit testing as you code, increasing your confidence in changes and refactoring
  • Extend the VS 2015 IDE and Code Editor by creating custom, productivity-enhancing solutions

Download all examples and source code presented in this book from informit.com/title/9780672337369 as they become available.

Learn ASP.NET 4.5, C# and Visual Studio 2012 Essential Skills with The Smart Met: Courseware tutorial for self-instruction to beginner and intermediate level

Author: Simon Smart
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Publisher: The Smart Method, Limited (12 August 2013)

This book is very, very different to any other computer book you have ever read. The Smart Method provides an entirely new and better way to learn ASP.NET, C# and Visual Studio. Here are just four of the many ways in which this book is unique:

  • This book will give you the vital first step towards a career in web development without confusing with unnecessary complexity. Users who wish to learn more complex techniques can progress to the Expert Skills book.
  • Instruction is logically structured into sessions and lessons. While this makes the book ideal for self-instruction, you can also use it to run your own, highly effective, adult training courses.
  • Every lesson is presented on two facing sheets of A4 paper (the pages are much bigger than in any other ASP.NET book).
  • Along with programming skills, this book teaches best practices that are often ignored by other books.

You’ll immediately appreciate the value and relevance of each skill as it is taught. Both IT professionals and absolute beginners will love this book because it avoids needless technical jargon and concisely explains everything you need in a simple and no-nonsense way.

From the Back Cover

Amongst other things you'll learn how to:

  • Install and configure the completely free Visual Studio Express
  • Understand the basic principles of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Create and design ASP.NET web pages
  • Understand the inner workings of ASP.NET
  • Work with ASP.NET’s most useful controls
  • Understand, create and use C# variables
  • Make use of the extensive .NET library
  • Understand, create and use C# classes
  • Perform complex logical operations using C# code
  • Use ASP.NET’s authentication and login features
  • Create data-centric web applications using the new LINQ technology
  • Test and debug ASP.NET web sites

Companies who have taken Smart Method courses include:

AOL Time Warner, The United States Army, Daimler Chrysler, Motorola, HSBC, Barclays, American Express, Allied Irish Banks, Imperial Tobacco, Volvo, The BBC, British Petroleum, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Unilever, The Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Ministry of Defence, Keele University, Deutsche Bank, HBOS, Transport For London, The Performing Rights Society, Scottish Power, The Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, BAE Systems, RBS, Marks & Spencer, Virgin, O2, BMW... and many, many others.

Mastering Visual Studio 2017

Author: Kunal Chowdhury
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Publisher: Packt Publishing - ebooks Account (27 July 2017)

Key Features

  • Focus on coding with the new, improved, and powerful tools of VS 2017
  • Master improved debugging and unit testing support capabilities
  • Accelerate cloud development with the built-in Azure tools
Book Description

Visual Studio 2017 is the all-new IDE released by Microsoft for developers, targeting Microsoft and other platforms to build stunning Windows and web apps. Learning how to effectively use this technology can enhance your productivity while simplifying your most common tasks, allowing you more time to focus on your project. With this book, you will learn not only what VS2017 offers, but also what it takes to put it to work for your projects.

Visual Studio 2017 is packed with improvements that increase productivity, and this book will get you started with the new features introduced in Visual Studio 2017 IDE and C# 7.0. Next, you will learn to use XAML tools to build classic WPF apps, and UWP tools to build apps targeting Windows 10. Later, you will learn about .NET Core and then explore NuGet, the package manager for the Microsoft development platform. Then, you will familiarize yourself with the debugging and live unit testing techniques that comes with the IDE. Finally, you'll adapt Microsoft's implementation of cloud computing with Azure, and the Visual Studio integration with Source Control repositories.

What you will learn
  • Learn what's new in the Visual Studio 2017 IDE, C# 7.0, and how it will help developers to improve their productivity
  • Learn the workloads and components of the new installation wizard and how to use the online and offline installer
  • Build stunning Windows apps using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) tools
  • Get familiar with .NET Core and learn how to build apps targeting this new framework
  • Explore everything about NuGet packages
  • Debug and test your applications using Visual Studio 2017
  • Accelerate cloud development with Microsoft Azure
  • Integrate Visual Studio with most popular source control repositories, such as TFS and GitHub
About the Author

Kunal Chowdhury has been a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010, starting with Silverlight to Windows app development. He is also a renowned public speaker, active blogger (by passion), and a software engineer (senior/technical lead) by profession. Over the years, he has acquired profound knowledge on various Microsoft products and helped developers throughout the world with his deep knowledge and experience.

As a technical buff, Kunal has in-depth knowledge of OOPs, C#, XAML, .NET, WPF, UWP, Visual Studio, Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure. He is also proficient in entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Scrum methodology. He has written many articles, tips & tricks on his technical blog (kunal-chowdhury) for developers and consumers.

You can contact Kunal via email at books@kunal-chowdhury.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @kunal2383 and become a part of his major fans on social media channels for the updates that he shares over there.

Table of Contents
  1. What’s new in Visual Studio 2017 IDE?
  2. What's new in C# 7.0?
  3. Building applications for Windows using XAML Tools
  4. Building applications for Windows 10 using UWP Tools
  5. Building application with .NET Core
  6. Managing NuGet packages
  7. Debugging applications with Visual Studio 2017
  8. Testing applications with Visual Studio 2017
  9. Accelerate cloud development with Windows Azure
  10. Working with source controls

Professional Visual Studio 2017

Author: Bruce Johnson
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Publisher: Wrox ( 6 November 2017)

Skip the basics and delve right into Visual Studio 2017 advanced features and tools

Professional Visual Studio 2017 is the industry-favorite guide to getting the most out of Microsoft's primary programming technology. From touring the new UI to exploiting advanced functionality, this book is designed to help professional developers become more productive. A unique IDE-centric approach provides a clear path through the typical workflow while exploring the nooks and crannies that can make your job easier. Visual Studio 2017 includes a host of features aimed at improving developer productivity and UI, and this book covers them all with clear explanation, new figures, and expert insight. Whether you're new to VS or just upgrading, this all-inclusive guide is an essential resource to keep within arm's reach.

Visual Studio 2017 fixes the crucial issues that kept professionals from adopting VS 2015, and includes new features and tools that streamline the developer's job. This book provides the straightforward answers you need so you can get up to speed quickly and get back to work.

  • Master the core functionality of Visual Studio 2017
  • Dig into the tools that make writing code easier
  • Tailor the environment to your workflow, not the other way around
  • Work your way through configuration, debugging, building, deployment, customizing, and more

Microsoft is changing their release cadence—it's only been about two years since the last release—so developers need to quickly get a handle on new tools and features if they hope to remain productive. The 2017 release is designed specifically to help you get more done, in less time, with greater accuracy and attention to detail. If you're ready to get acquainted, Professional Visual Studio 2017 is your ideal guide.

Visual Studio.NET All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Author: Nitin Pandey
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Publisher: For Dummies (15 April 2002)

Visual Studio .NET All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is a value-packed, easy-to-use reference that provides broad coverage of Visual Studio .NET tools, languages, and environment for experienced Visual Studio programmers and developers who want to get up to speed rapidly on this missioncritical Microsoft initiative.

Beginning Visual Studio for Mac: Build Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin and .NET Core

Author: Alessandro Del Sole
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Publisher: Apress ( 2 December 2017)

Quickly learn how to get the most out of the Visual Studio for Mac integrated development environment (IDE).

Microsoft has invested heavily to deliver their very best development tools and platforms to other operating systems. Visual Studio for Mac is a powerful developer tool that reinforces Microsoft’s “mobile-first”, “cloud-first”, and “any developer, any platform, any device” strategy. With the author's guided expertise and extensive code samples, you will understand how to leverage the most useful tools in Visual Studio for Mac, the code editor, and the powerful debugger. You also will appreciate the author's guidance on collaborating with other team members using integrated tooling for the Git source control engine.

Whether you are a Mac developer interested in cross-platform development or a Windows developer using a Mac, Beginning Visual Studio for Mac will quickly get you up to speed!

What You'll Learn

  • Prepare, configure, and debug in the Mac development environment
  • Create cross-platform mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows with Xamarin and C# in Visual Studio for Mac
  • Build cross-platform Web applications with .NET Core using Visual Studio for Mac
  • Customize your productive and collaborative development environment

Who This Book Is For

Software developers using a Mac computer who want to build mobile or web applications that run on multiple operating systems

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