If you've been following the developments of Microsoft's .NET strategy with interest and are keen to take your programming career in this direction, Beginning C# is a good investment. C# may be the new kid on the programming block, but it's the programming language specifically designed for Microsoft's .NET platform - and with Microsoft backing the future success of the company on .NET, it may pay to get up to speed early.
The book is designed for beginner programmers and those with fairly limited experience with programming, who want to move to the .NET framework from languages that don't support modern object-oriented programming techniques. The publisher has also targeted the book at programmers who don't have masses of C++ experience.
It's hefty at over 1000 pages, but is comprehensive in its coverage. The authors have taken pains to write in a clearly understandable way so you can smoothly progress through the topics covered in the book.
In terms of coverage, the first section introduces C# and writing a C# program using the Visual Studio.NET development environment (used throughout the book). Next up, there are sections on language basics, programming with objects, working with Windows forms, programming on the .NET framework, and, finally, C# and the Web.
What comes next is two well illustrated case studies (a Web site poll and an online newsletter manager) so you can see all that you've read in the book in action.
Beginning C# is a valuable first step for beginners keen to understand this new programming language.