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.NET Academic Library Starter Kit in all its majesty

The .NET Academic Library has arrived!  

.NET Academic Library Starter Kit in all its majesty

This is the collection of books we'll be sending this week to the 20 largest Universities and IT Colleges in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Thanks again to all of you who helped us arrive at this collection!

24 copies of 21 books of about 500 pages each... we guesstimated about 100,000,000 words in the whole shebang.  Somehow that seems a bit high. What's your guesstimate?

Here is the book list, arranged by category:



.NET intro: Introducing .NET, 3rd Ed (David Platt)

VB.NET dev: Introducing Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 for Developers (Horrocks et al)

C# dev: Programming C#, 4th Ed (Jesse Liberty)

C# from Java: C# for Java Developers (Allen Jones)


Patterns & Architecture

Design Patterns: Design Patterns in C# (Stephen John Metsker)

Constructs: Code Complete, 2nd Ed (Steve McConnell)

Components: Programming .NET Components (Juval Lowy)

SOA & WSE 2.0: Expert Service-Oriented Architecture in C#: Using the Web Services Enhancements 2.0 (Jeffrey Hasan)



Web: Introducing Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 (Dino Esposito)

Mobile: .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference) (Andy Wigley et al)

Database: A First Look at Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Developers (Bob Beauchemin et al)

Networking: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP Protocols and Services Tech Ref (Joseph Davies, Thomas Lee)



General: Writing Secure Code, 2nd Ed (Michael Howard and David LeBlanc)

Modeling: Threat Modeling (Frank Swiderski, Window Snyder)

Networking: Assessing Network Security (Ben Smith et al)


Game Development

Managed DirectX: Managed DirectX Kickstart (Tom Miller)

Engine Design: Introduction to 3D Game Engine Design Using DirectX 9 and C# (Harrison)


IT Professional

Windows Server: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit: A Microsoft Resource Kit (MS Corp)

Active Directory: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure (Walter Glenn et al)

IIS: Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 Resource Kit (IIS Team)


Management / Office

Office Dev: Microsoft .NET Development for Microsoft Office (Andrew Whitechapel)

Project: Microsoft Project 2003 Inside Out (Teresa Stover)

Comments (8)

  1. OMG! That is a lot of books.. Where did you store it ? Office/cubicle ? 🙂 I guess they take up a lot of space.

  2. David Smith says:

    That’s absolutely fabulous!


    The .NET Academic Library is on its way to 20 Universities and Colleges this afternoon. …

  4. balajik says:

    Wow! Looks tempting! Can i have some or a couple or atleast one book? hehe.

  5. One of the books that became part of our .NET Academic Library was Tom Miller’s Managed DirectX Kickstart. …

  6. One of the books that became part of our .NET Academic Library was Tom Miller’s Managed DirectX Kickstart. …

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