It has been my experience as a .NET trainer and lead programmer that most people do not have trouble picking up the
syntax of the C# language. What perplexes and frustrates many people are the higher-level concepts of object-oriented
programming methodology and design. To compound the problem, most introductory programming books and
training classes skim over these concepts or, worse, don’t cover them at all. It is my hope that this book fills this void.
My goals in writing this book are twofold. My first goal is to provide you with the information you need to understand
the fundamentals of programming in C#. More importantly, my second goal is to present you with the information
required to master the higher-level concepts of object-oriented programming methodology and design.
This book provides the knowledge you need to architect an object-oriented programming solution aimed at
solving a business problem. As you work your way through the book, you will learn first how to analyze the business
requirements of an application. Next, you will model the objects and relationships involved in the solution design.
Finally, you will implement the solution using C#. Along the way, you will learn about the fundamentals of software
design, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), object-oriented programming, C#, and the .NET Framework.
Because this is an introductory book, it’s meant to be a starting point for your study of the topics it presents.
As such, this book is not designed to make you an expert in object-oriented programming and UML; nor is it an
exhaustive discussion of C# and the .NET Framework; nor is it an in-depth study of Visual Studio. It takes considerable
time and effort to become proficient in any one of these areas. It is my hope that by reading this book, your first
experiences in object-oriented programming will be enjoyable and comprehensible—and that these experiences will
instill a desire for further study.