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April 21, 2003

Author Juval Lowy Teaches the Intricacies of .NET Component Programming: O'Reilly Releases "Programming .NET Components"

Sebastopol, CA--"With the advent of the .NET Framework, Windows developers finally have a first-class technology at their disposal that aims at simplifying the task of developing and deploying component-based applications," says Juval Lowy, author of Programming .NET Components (O'Reilly, US $39.95). ".NET is the result of much soul-searching by Microsoft and, in my opinion, improves on the deficiencies of previous technologies--especially COM."

As Lowy explains in his new book, the introduction of the Microsoft .NET Framework not only brings developers a powerful, cohesive toolset for the development of new Windows and web applications--it also replaces COM as the technology of choice for building components on Windows platforms. Components are the fundamental building blocks of .NET applications; they can both simplify and add flexibility to complex applications. Applied properly, component-oriented programming enable reuse, allow for long-term maintenance, application extensibility and scalability. While component technology is nothing new, the .NET Framework offers developers a new way to develop components rapidly, without the hurdles that many COM developers have had to deal with prior to .NET.

"Programming .NET Components" offers a complete introduction to the new Microsoft .NET component model, focusing on the aspects of .NET that make it ideal for building reusable, maintainable, and robust components. Author Juval Lowy, a noted authority on component-oriented programming, teaches the intricacies of .NET component programming and the related system issues to application developers, along with relevant design guidelines, tips, best practices, and known pitfalls. The book is full of helpful original utilities aimed at simplifying the programming model and increasing the developer productivity.

"Readers will not only learn .NET component programming and the system programming, but also relevant design issues, best practices and known pitfalls. After reading this book, readers will be able to start developing .NET components immediately, taking full advantage of .NET developing infrastructure and application frameworks," says Lowy. "Armed with the knowledge in this book, they'll be able to do anything, very rapidly, and pick up new specific .NET skills quickly."

"Programming .NET Components" begins with an appreciation for the "why" and fundamentals of component-oriented programming, and then continues with an introduction to .NET essentials. Following practical, expert advice on effective .NET development techniques, the book then devotes a chapter to each of the following features critical to component development:

  • Resource management
  • Versioning
  • Events
  • Asynchronous calls
  • Multithreading
  • Serialization
  • Remoting
  • Component services
  • Security

The book covers everything necessary for programming components for real-life .NET applications, using Windows Forms, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, or web services. Anyone interested in developing .NET applications, especially enterprise level, will find "Programming .NET Components" an invaluable resource.

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Programming .NET Components
Juval Lowy
ISBN 0-596-00347-1, 459 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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