INTRODUCTION

THIS BOOK IS AN OBVIOUS COMPILATION FROM MANY AUTHORS. When putting together the idea for this book, we thought of putting a different style of book together from the get-go. Many of the computer books on the market today are a thorough explanation of a specific area of technology tackled by one or a handful of dedicated authors. Whether the topic is C#, ASP.NET, Extensible Markup Language (XML), or Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) development, there are books that walk you through the topic from beginning to end. You can find many of these comprehensive references on the market today.

This book has been built not to be like that. Instead, we thought, “Let's bring together some of the best folks in the industry today (Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Regional Directors) and have them write a single chapter on the topic that they know best.”

Yes, these authors know a lot about .NET as a whole, but it came down to having them focus on the area that they felt was their area of love and interest—the single area they know best. In total, this book is a series of large articles put together in common areas that do indeed provide quite a bit of coverage across the large landscape of the .NET Framework, but you can find each conversation in each chapter to be held by someone that gives you the ins-and-outs of the topic that is near and dear to their hearts.

The .NET Framework is now so large that it is outright impossible to know everything that you have at your fingertips ...

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