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C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fourth Edition

By : Mark J. Price
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C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fourth Edition

By: Mark J. Price

Overview of this book

In C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0 – Modern Cross-Platform Development, Fourth Edition, expert teacher Mark J. Price gives you everything you need to start programming C# applications. This latest edition uses the popular Visual Studio Code editor to work across all major operating systems. It is fully updated and expanded with new chapters on Content Management Systems (CMS) and machine learning with ML.NET. The book covers all the topics you need. Part 1 teaches the fundamentals of C#, including object-oriented programming, and new C# 8.0 features such as nullable reference types, simplified switch pattern matching, and default interface methods. Part 2 covers the .NET Standard APIs, such as managing and querying data, monitoring and improving performance, working with the filesystem, async streams, serialization, and encryption. Part 3 provides examples of cross-platform applications you can build and deploy, such as web apps using ASP.NET Core or mobile apps using Xamarin.Forms. The book introduces three technologies for building Windows desktop applications including Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, as well as web applications, web services, and mobile apps.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

Understanding the bonus chapters

The bonus chapters in this book are the last two chapters:

  • Chapter 20, Building Windows Desktop Apps
  • Chapter 21, Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Using Xamarin.Forms

Since this book is about modern cross-platform development using C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0, technically, it should not include coverage of Windows desktop apps because they are Windows-only. Nor should it include coverage of cross-platform mobile apps because they use Xamarin instead of .NET Core.

In Chapters 1 to 19 we are using cross-platform Visual Studio Code to build all the apps. Windows desktop apps are built using Visual Studio 2019 on Windows 10. Cross-platform mobile apps are built using Visual Studio 2019 for Mac and require macOS to compile.

But Windows and mobile are important platforms for current and future client app development using C# and .NET, so I did not want to take away the opportunity to introduce you to them.

Building Windows desktop...