Concise but thorough, this second edition of C# Essentials introduces the Microsoft C# programming language, including the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) and .NET Framework Class Libraries (FCL) that support it. This book's compact format and terse presentation of key concepts serve as a roadmap to the online documentation included with the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK; the many examples provide much-needed context.
C# Essentials is a highly condensed introduction to the C# language and the .NET Framework. C# and the .NET initiative were both unveiled in July 2000 at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Orlando, Florida, and shortly thereafter, the .NET Software Development Kit (SDK) was released on the Internet.
The information in this book is based on Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of the .NET SDK released by Microsoft in October 2001. We expect that version to be largely compatible with the final release, but Microsoft may make minor changes that affect this book.