The C# Player's Guide 5th Ed (Starbound Software)
Friday, 04 February 2022

This book aims to shake off the dusty, dull, dryness of the typical programming book, replacing it with something more exciting and flavorful. R B Whitaker combines a bit of humor, a casual tone, and examples involving dragons and asteroids instead of bank accounts and employees. And since you learn to program by doing instead of just reading, this book contains over 100 hands-on programming challenges.


You will be building software instead of just reading about it. By completing the challenges, you’ll earn experience points, level up, and become a True C# Programmer! The 5th Edition is updated for C# 10, .NET 6, and Visual Studio 2022.

Author: R B Whitaker
Publisher: Starbound Software
Date: January 2022
Pages: 495
ISBN: 978-0985580155
Print: 0985580151
Audience: Developers wanting to learn C#
Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Category: C#


Topics covered: 

  • The journey begins by getting you set up to program in C#.
  • Explore the basic mechanics of C#: statements, expressions, variables, if statements, loops, and methods.
  • Dive deep into a powerful and central feature of C#: object-oriented programming, which is an essential tool needed to build larger programs.
  • Advanced C# features that make the language unique, elegant, and powerful.


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Pages: 576
ISBN: 978-0136677642
Print: 0136677649
Kindle: ‎ B09HTJRJ3V
Audience: C++ developers
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Mike James

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