Tuesday, July 04, 2006

.NET 2.0 for Delphi programmers - Book review

Last week I received my copy of ".NET 2.0 for Delphi programmers" by Jon Shemitz. The marketplace is not flooded with Delphi books, so every new book is intresting in it self. This book attracted my attention because of the .NET 2.0 part of the title.
The book is mainly about .NET and C# and what is in it for Delphi developers.

"Your Delphi experience makes .NET easy to learn"

The first part of the book gives an introduction to the .NET technologies like CIL and Managed Code, and how this is implemented/different from native Delphi. There are a lot examples in C# and Delphi to illustrate the different technologies.
Besides chapters dedicated to Delphi for .NET there are also chapters that are dedicated to C#. The last part of the book is about the Framework Class Library (FCL). The FCL is described in great detail.

"..learning the FCL is your ticket to learn once, work anywhere freedom."

This book shows both the real power of .NET and Delphi. We Delphi guys may consider ourself lucky because the Delphi language and C# are so remarkable alike.

IMO this book is a must read for Delphi programmers, even if you don't do .NET that much (yet), it gives great information for both sides of the fence.
It makes the complex things easy to understand to give you immediately knowledge of the material, even if you don't understand all the details yet.

I consider this book a tribute to Delphi!

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