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Essential C# 5.0 by Eric Lippert, Mark Michaelis

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1. Introducing C#

C# is now a well-established language that builds on features found in its predecessor C-style languages (C, C++, and Java), making it immediately familiar to many experienced programmers.1 Part of a larger, more complex execution platform called the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), C# is a programming language for building software components and applications.

1. The first C# design meeting took place in 1998.

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This chapter introduces C# using the traditional HelloWorld program. The chapter focuses on C# syntax fundamentals, including defining an entry point into the C# program executable. This will familiarize you with ...

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