What's New in the Third Edition?
The 3rd Edition was primarily for Visual Studio 2017 and C# 7.0, but the whole book got a ton of attention. I probably did 8 times as much work for the 3rd Edition as I did for the 2nd, and I think it shows!
- Updated for Visual Studio 2017 and C# 7.0.
- Added material on new C# 7 features:
- Binary literals
- Digit separator
- Language support for value tuples (multiple return values)
- Pattern Matching chapter
- Local functions
- Added tables and charts in the back of the book as reference.
- Keywords table.
- Operators table.
- Build-in type hierarchy.
- Types table.
- Added several new chapters that are about existing C# topics:
- Unsafe/unmanaged code
- Dynamic objects
- A Tic-Tac-Toe problem in the middle of the book to ease the learning curve.
- Massive rewrite of several chapters:
- Installing Visual Studio (brand new installer)
- The .NET Framework/Platform to include .NET Standard, .NET Core, and Xamarin
- The chapter on project dependencies (includes NuGet)
- The two chapters on creating and using classes got a lot of attention to make the learning curve less steep.
- Fleshed out many topics not previously covered, but that were C# features:
- Hexadecimal literals
- Operator associativity and precedence details
- Checked and unchecked contexts
- Partial methods
- Generic covariance and contravariance
- Multiple variable assignments and declarations on the same line
- The global namespace and namespace aliases
- Volatile fields
- Added a number of additional Try It Out problems and quizzes.
- Added section to the website to include additional Try It Out problems.
- Many additional tweaks to make the book better.