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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.

C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 - Modern Cross-Platform Development - Third Edition: Create powerful applications with .NET Standard 2.0, ASP.NET Core 2.0, ... Visual Studio 2017 or Visual Studio Code

Author: Mark J. Price
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Publisher: Packt Publishing - ebooks Account (30 November 2017)

C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 - Modern Cross-Platform Development is a practical guide to creating powerful cross-platform applications with C# 7 and .NET Core 2.0.

About This Book
  • Build modern, cross-platform applications with .NET Core 2.0
  • Get up to speed with C#, and up to date with all the latest features of C# 7.1
  • Start creating professional web applications with ASP.NET Core 2.0
Who This Book Is For

This book is for those of you who have some prior programming experience or have a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) background, and want to gain a solid foundation with C# and to be introduced to the types of applications you could build which will work cross-platform on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

What You Will Learn
  • Build cross-platform applications using C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0
  • Explore ASP.NET Core 2.0 and learn how to create professional websites, services, and applications
  • Improve your application's performance using multitasking
  • Use Entity Framework Core and LINQ to query and manipulate data
  • Master object-oriented programming with C# to increase code reuse and efficiency
  • Familiarize yourself with cross-device app development using the Universal Windows Platform
  • Protect and manage your files and data with encryption, streams, and serialization
  • Get started with mobile app development using Xamarin.Forms
  • Preview the nullable reference type feature of C# 8
In Detail

C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0 is a practical guide to creating powerful cross-platform applications with C# 7.1 and .NET Core 2.0. It gives readers of any experience level a solid foundation in C# and .NET. The first part of the book runs you through the basics of C#, as well as debugging functions and object-oriented programming, before taking a quick tour through the latest features of C# 7.1 such as default literals, tuples, inferred tuple names, pattern matching, and more.

After quickly taking you through C# and how .NET works, you'll explore the .NET Standard 2.0 class libraries, covering topics such as packaging and deploying your own libraries, and using common libraries for working with collections, performance, databases, and encryption. The final section demonstrates the major types of application that you can build and deploy cross-device and cross-platform. Here, you'll learn about websites, web applications, web services, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, and mobile apps. By the end of the book, you'll be armed with all the knowledge you need to build modern, cross-platform applications using C# and .NET.

Style and approach

This book takes a step-by-step approach and is filled with exciting projects and fascinating theory. It uses three high-impact sections to equip you with all the tools you'll need to build modern, cross-platform applications using C# and .NET Core 2.0.

Table of Contents
  1. Hello, C#! Welcome, .NET Core!
  2. Speaking C#
  3. Controlling the Flow and Converting Types
  4. Writing, Debugging, and Testing Functions
  5. Building Your Own Types with OOP
  6. Implementing Interfaces and Inheriting Classes
  7. Understanding and Packaging .NET Standard Types
  8. Using Common .NET Standard Types
  9. Working with Files, Streams, and Serialization
  10. Protecting Your Data and Applications
  11. Working with Databases Using Entity Framework
  12. Querying and Manipulating Data Using LINQ
  13. Improving Performance and Scalability Using Multitasking
  14. Building Websites Using ASP.NET Core Razor Pages
  15. Building Websites Using ASP.NET Core MVC
  16. Building Web Services and Application Using ASP.NET Core
  17. Building Windows Apps Using XAML & Fluent Design

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

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.

Learn ASP.NET 4.0, C# and Visual Studio 2010 Essential Skills with The Smart Method: Courseware tutorial for self-instruction to beginner and intermediate level

Author: Simon Smart
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Publisher: Smart Method, Limited, The ( 3 August 2011)

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 five 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.
  • This is the only book that is also available as a low-cost video (DVD). Each can be used as a stand-alone product, but together they provide an incredibly powerful learning experience.
  • 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.

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.

Learn ASP.NET Core - MVC and DI with .NET Core 1.1 using Visual Studio 2017

Author: Arnaud Weil
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You're a developer who knows nothing about ASP.NET Core MVC. Which is fine, except that you need to start coding your next application using ASP.NET Core 1.1 MVC and Visual Studio 2017.
Don't worry: I have you covered. I've been training hundreds of developers like you during 15 years, and converted my experience into this book. I know from experience teaching what takes more time to learn in ASP.NET Core MVC, and will spend time only where appropriate.
Plus this book is packed with exercises which build up into a full project: you develop a small e-commerce sample web site. You'll allow users to browse for products, and you'll also create a back-end where authenticated users will be able to list and edit products.
Read this book, and you can code your ASP.NET Core MVC application using Visual Studio 2017 within a week.

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

Author: Alessandro Del Sole
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Publisher: Apress (25 October 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

Pro ASP.NET Core MVC 2

Author: Adam Freeman
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Publisher: Apress (25 October 2017)

Now in its 7th edition, the best selling book on MVC is updated for ASP.NET Core MVC 2. It contains detailed explanations of the Core MVC functionality which enables developers to produce leaner, cloud optimized and mobile-ready applications for the .NET platform. This book puts ASP.NET Core MVC into context and dives deep into the tools and techniques required to build modern, cloud optimized extensible web applications. All the new MVC features are described in detail and the author explains how best to apply them to both new and existing projects.

The ASP.NET Core MVC Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform, built on a completely new foundation. It represents a fundamental change to how Microsoft constructs and deploys web frameworks and is free of the legacy of earlier technologies such as Web Forms. ASP.NET Core MVC provides a "host agnostic" framework and a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility.

Best-selling author Adam Freeman has thoroughly revised this market-leading book and explains how to get the most from ASP.NET Core MVC. He starts with the nuts-and-bolts and shows you everything through to advanced features, going in-depth to give you the knowledge you need. The book includes a fully worked case study of a functioning web application that readers can use as a template for their own projects.

What's New in This Edition

  • Fully updated for Visual Studio 2017, C# 7 and .NET Core 2
  • Coverage of new features such as view filters
  • Wider platform and tooling coverage than ever before, with more on Visual Studio Code and working with .NET Core on non-Windows platforms
  • Docker-based application deployment

What You Will Learn

  • Gain a solid architectural understanding of ASP.NET Core MVC
  • Explore the entire ASP.NET MVC Framework as a cohesive whole
  • See how MVC and test-driven development work in action
  • Learn what's new in ASP.NET Core MVC 2 and how best to apply these new features to your own work
  • See how to create RESTful web services and Single Page Applications
  • Build on your existing knowledge of previous MVC releases to get up and running with the new programming model quickly and effectively

Who This Book Is For

This book is for web developers with a basic knowledge of ASP.NET and C# who want to incorporate the latest improvements and functionality in the ASP.NET Core MVC 2 Framework.

Beginning Visual Basic 2015

Author: Bryan Newsome
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Publisher: Wrox ( 2 December 2015)

Learn Visual Basic step by step and start programming right away

Beginning Visual Basic 2015 is the ideal guide for new programmers, especially those learning their first language. This new edition has been updated to align with Visual Studio 2015, and also refocused to concentrate on key beginner topics. Precise, step-by-step instructions walk you through important tasks, and clear explanations targeted to beginners will have you writing your first Visual Basic application quickly. You'll start from the absolute beginning, assuming no prior programming experience, and then gradually build your skills to write Visual Basic applications for Windows and the Web. Coverage includes objects, class libraries, graphics, databases, and much more, with explicit instructions on using ASP.NET, SQL Server, ADO.NET, and XML.

Visual Studio is the usual environment for Visual Basic programming, and the latest upgrade has made Visual Basic more feature compatible with C# to allow programmers to move fluidly between the two languages. Don't know C#? Don't worry! This book starts from the very beginning of Visual Basic programming to help you build your skills from the ground-up.

  • Understand flow control and data structure
  • Debug Windows applications, dialog boxes, and menus
  • Master objects and object-oriented techniques
  • Access databases, program graphics, and program for the Web

Over three million programmers use Visual Basic, and many of them learned it as their first language. It's beginner-friendly, versatile, and visually oriented, making it an ideal introduction to the programming mindset, workflow, and hard skills. Beginning Visual Basic 2015 gets you started on the right foot, with clear, patient instruction and plenty of hands-on practice.

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