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C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fifth Edition

By : Mark J. Price
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C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development - Fifth Edition

By: Mark J. Price

Overview of this book

In C# 9 and .NET 5 – Modern Cross-Platform Development, Fifth 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 a new chapter on the Microsoft Blazor framework. The book’s first part teaches the fundamentals of C#, including object-oriented programming and new C# 9 features such as top-level programs, target-typed new object instantiation, and immutable types using the record keyword. Part 2 covers the .NET APIs, for performing tasks like managing and querying data, monitoring and improving performance, and working with the file system, async streams, serialization, and encryption. Part 3 provides examples of cross-platform apps you can build and deploy, such as websites and services using ASP.NET Core or mobile apps using Xamarin.Forms. The best type of application for learning the C# language constructs and many of the .NET libraries is one that does not distract with unnecessary application code. For that reason, the C# and .NET topics covered in Chapters 1 to 13 feature console applications. In Chapters 14 to 20, having mastered the basics of the language and libraries, you will build practical applications using ASP.NET Core, Model-View-Controller (MVC), and Blazor. By the end of the book, you will have acquired the understanding and skills you need to use C# 9 and .NET 5 to create websites, services, and mobile apps.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

This chapter is about learning how to take C# mobile by building a cross-platform mobile app for iOS and Android. The mobile app will allow the listing and management of customers in the Northwind database.

You will see how eXtensible Application Markup Language (XAML) makes it easy to define the user interface for a graphical app.

Apart from Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps covered in Appendix B, Building Windows Desktop Apps, this is the only chapter that does not use .NET 5. But by 2021, with the release of .NET 6, all app models, including mobile, will share the same unified .NET platform.

Mobile development cannot be learned in a single chapter, but like web development, mobile development is so important that I want to introduce you to some of what is possible. Think of this chapter as a bonus. This chapter will give you a taste to inspire you, and then you can learn more from a book dedicated to mobile development...