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Title:
Mono - a Developer's Handbook
Author:
Edd Dumbill&Neil Borstein
ISBN:
0 596 00792 2
Publisher:
O'Reilly
Pages:
302pp
Price:
$24.95/£17-
Reviewer:
Paul F. Johnson
Subject:
.NET; C#
Appeared in:
16-5
If you are new to Mono then you need to buy this book. It covers GtkSharp (the Gtk C# bindings), Monodevelop (a rather snazzy IDE for Mono), Webservices (you can now deploy ASP on a non-Windows platform) and everything else Mono has.

The writing style is clear and concise with plenty of code examples all of which will compile and run. The examples are well explained and as the book is logically set out, helping those wanting to develop under Mono to get going.

What the book does not teach is C#, which is fine and is best left to other books (see the ACCU website for an array of them).

My only bind with the book is that in an attempt to make the book look like a textbook, the pages are made to look like a schoolbook with feint blue squares on every page. It is not that annoying, but when you are trying to find something at 1am...

This is a very new book and replaces the Sams book "Mono Kick Start" very effectively (okay, it is not a Sams book, but it covers all of the parts not in the Mono Kick Start book). Highly Recommended