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An Excellent Reference for Managed C++

, 4 Jun 2003
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Book Review of Programming With Managed Extensions for Microsoft Visual C++.NET 2003

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Title Programming with Managed Extensions for Microsoft Visual C++.NET 2003
Author Richard Grimes
Publisher Microsoft Press
Published 2003
ISBN 0735617821
Price USD 49.95
Pages 583


After developing stand alone Windows applications using Microsoft Visual C++ with MFC for the past several years, the transition to .NET has been frustrating, to say the least. I had purchased a few books on the topic, but starting in on my first production Managed C++ project I found them all lacking in details on the deeper subjects. What is more, Microsoft C++.NET on-line documentation in the MSDN Library was getting hard to wade through. As I’ve done in the past, I decided it was time for another trip to the book store. My hope being, if I can find just ONE book that covers a few of these topics in depth, the money will be well spent. Let me say, I was very excited to pick up Richard Grimes’ book "Programming with Managed Extensions for Microsoft Visual C++.NET", as it has exceeded all my expectations and has become a regular desk reference for this project.

Grimes’ "matter of fact" approach is refreshing and to the point. No sales pitch, no watered down glossing over the details. This book is well written, thorough and easy to understand. Pick a chapter on any topic and you will find a rich discussion with usable example code. In some cases, a subject can be addressed clearly and thoroughly in one paragraph. In other cases, when it takes 3 pages to sufficiently cover a topic, Grimes’ book delivers.


It may be that some or all this information lies buried within the MSDN Library somewhere, but personally, to have a tangible BOOK that I can read through, underline, dog-ear pages and sick yellow post-it notes all over is well worth the money. This is one book that will be well used, and is likely to be one of the more tattered ones on my shelf. I give it an A.


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My reason for buying this book had somewhat to do with your question. In my case, I have a small staff (just me!) and lots of code I've written with C++/MFC. Personally, I didn't WANT to go the .NET platform because IMHO C++ 6.0 and MFC works just fine for my applications. But feeling like Microsoft has turned a deaf ear toward developers like myself who still write stand-alone Windows applications (i.e. no internet, no web services, no COM...), I felt forced to write our next application in C# so I'm not completely left unsupported. Since I, like you, feel C++ is still the best language, I thought I'd just wrap my old C++ DLL's in managed extensions and use them with C#. That turns out easier said than done -- so my next decision was "all right, then, I'll just re-write them with Managed Extensions and write the user interface in C#." Digging in to the MSDN Library to figure out how to write in C++ with Managed Extensions turned into a huge "time sink". That's where this book came in. For me, it seemed like every question I came up against was clearly explained. Hence my positive report.


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