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Pro C# 5.0 and the .NET 4.5 Framework, Sixth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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Introduction

Many moons ago (circa 2001), I was given the opportunity to write a book on a forthcoming Microsoft technology that was, at the time, dubbed NGWS (Next Generation Windows Software). As I began to examine the source code provided by Microsoft, I noticed numerous code comments referring to the “COOL” (Common Object Oriented Language) programming language.

While I worked on my first initial manuscript of C# and the .NET Platform using a pre-alpha build (and no documentation to speak of), NGWS was eventually rebranded as the Microsoft .NET platform. COOL, as you might guess, is what we now know today as C#.

The first edition of this book was released in step with .NET 1.0, beta 2. Since then, I have updated the text to account for ...

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