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Everyone has books that they consider suitable for continued use as a reference.  I have been selling or donating my VB6 books as I have been buying new .NET books.

Design Patterns by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides - who are the notable Gang of Four (GoF).  Admittedly, this book's examples are are in Smalltalk and C++, but all the C#/VB patterns books refer to this one, so it is a natural.  Personal Rating: Very Good.

Design Patterns in C# by Steven John Metsker proved to be the logical .NET GoF follow-on.  It adds to GoF, and ended up pretty much making me get that book too.  Personal Rating: Very Good.

.NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 1 by Brad Abrams, which covers the Base Class Library and Extended Numerics Library.  This is not about patterns, but something more important - insight.  You can get a taste of this book by reading Brad Abram's SLAR entries on his blog.  Personal Rating: Excellent.

.NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 2 by Brad Abrams and Tamara Abrams, which covers the Networking Library, Reflection Library, and XML Library.  (I now have this book and it is in my to-be-read pile.)

Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams.  Obviously there is too much by Brad here, but I guess that is the nature of his job.  You could read the design guidelines on MSDN, but a book seems a better way to go.  (I now have this one too.)

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2005 6:36 PM Programming | Back to top

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As far as pattern books, I really enjoyed Alan Shalloway's book. It was a very easy read and had a lot of perspective.

Design Patterns Explained A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design Second Edition

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