2021 Best C# Books for Beginners

Best C# books for beginners, If you are a beginner and want to learn C#, What book should buy to learn C#? C# is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm programming language developed by Microsoft that runs on the .NET framework. C# is widely used for building mobile applications, games, and windows applications.

Here is a curated list of Top 14 C# Books that should be part of any beginner to advanced C# Learners library.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

This book covers C# programming with a practical approach. The author assumes you have no experience in programming. The book starts with the installation of the required programming environment. Then, the simplest “Hello World” program is developed step by step. In the next three chapters (Chapters 4 to 6), Windows forms (the visual part of desktop programs) and their components are studied with practical examples. Screenshots and code snippets are clearly given in the book to guide the reader.

Beginner’s Guide to C# Programming

Best C# Books for Beginners
Best C# Books for Beginners

Beginner’s Guide to C# Programming

This book is spectacular. It should be shown in the top 3 when search for C#. It walks you through building C# applications step by step assuming you have zero knowledge in programming. What I particularly like about it is that it explains very well the commonly used features in Visual Studio and gives you examples of how to use them. I have purchased more than 10 C# books and none of them filled the gap between learning C# Console programming and using C# in building Windows Applications.

$34.99 (Kindle)

$39.99 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


C# 9 and .NET 5

A comprehensive guide for beginners to learn the key concepts, real-world applications, and latest features of C# 9 and .NET 5 with hands-on exercises using VS Code.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

C# 9 and .NET 5

This book is very comprehensive and appeals to all skill sets. So far I’ve found it extremely useful as reference material. I would recommend the paperback version over the kindle however as with all books this size. Recommend for all levels though if you’re brand new to C# I would first read the Learn C# and Learn it Well by Jamie Chan and get used to Console then get this. This will be your bible for all .Net 5 / C# – but don’t just read, get writing!

$28.97 (Kindle)

$37.64 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


C#: Learn C# in One Day and Learn It Well

C#: Learn C# in One Day and Learn It Well is a book written by Harrison Ferrone. This reference book includes a unique project that requires the application of all the concepts taught previously.

Examples in this book illustrate all concepts. Moreover, the output for all examples are provided immediately. Therefore, you do not need to wait to run this example in your system. The book is also available in the Kindle version.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

C#: Learn C# in One Day and Learn It Well

I work in tech and had a bit of background in troubleshooting C# applications at a code level. However never really wrote it and needed to boost my c# skills. I had tried many other materials like videos and other books. however, by a million miles, this is the book that made it click. Very well written, very good flow to the content, clearly the content has been thought out by the author. A particular highlight is a section on c# inheritance and implementations.

$2.99 (Kindle)

$11.67 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


Head First C#: A Learner’s Guide to Real-World Programming with C#, XAML, and .NET

Head First C# is a book written by Andrew Stellman (Author), Jennifer Greene. This handy reference book provides beginning programmers with a fun and highly visual introduction to C#, XAML, .NET Core, and Visual Studio. In this book, you will learn topics like C# fundamental. It also helps you to create user interfaces, databases, etc.

With this book, you will also learn about building a fully functional game, use of classes, object-oriented programming concepts, draw graphics, and query data with LINQ.

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Head First C#: A Learner’s Guide to Real-World Programming with C#, XAML, and .NET

A refreshing, noble attempt to produce a “course experience” out of a single book. I am only in the third chapter, so the level does not seem very high yet ( I am not entirely new to programming either so maybe I’m not the best judge) but there are still a gazillion pages to go. In any case, this is a smooth, friendly way for complete novices to enter the world of programming!

$9.68(Kindle)

$29.50 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


C# 9.0 Pocket Reference: Instant Help for C# 9.0 Programmers

Looking for quick answers for using C# 9.0? This tightly focused and practical guide tells you exactly what you need to know without long intros or bloated samples. Succinct and easy to browse, this pocket reference is an ideal quick source of information. If you know Java, C++, or an earlier C# version, this guide will help you get rapidly up to speed.

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C# 9.0 Pocket Reference: Instant Help for C# 9.0 Programmers

I’d toyed with the idea of picking this up for a while and thought I’d take the plunge on the latest edition. Glad I did as it’s already come in handy on a couple of occasions. This little book is straight to the point which is what you need sometimes when you can’t quite remember some syntax or you just want to refresh yourself on a concept.

$11.99 (Kindle)

$19.99 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


Murach’s C# (7th Edition)

This C# book has been a favorite of developers ever since the 1st edition came out in 2004. So you can be sure that this latest edition will deliver the professional skills you’re looking for today. In fact, it will teach you the C# essentials more easily than ever, as it shows you how to take advantage of the most recent releases of C#, .NET, and Visual Studio.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

Murach’s C# (7th Edition)

Best of the best. If you already know the basics (and even if you don’t), I highly recommend this book. These authors are great; they get it. When learning, designing, creating software, you need to get moving quickly. You can do that with this book. I skipped the first few chapters—just because I already knew how to use Visual Studio. Chapter four is where the magic begins to happen.

$52.73 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


C# in Depth: Fourth Edition

C# in Depth is a book written by Jon Skeet. This engaging guide is your key to unlocking this powerful language. All the complex concepts are broken down into simple steps, which helps you to understand this language.

The book includes real-world examples that help you to understand this subject better. By the end of this book, you’ll be writing C# code with skill, style, and complete confidence.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

C# in Depth: Fourth Edition

Jon Skeet never disappoints with his writings. From his blog posts to his StackOverflow answers to his books his knowledge of the internals of C# is amazing. I am a better C# developer because of reading his books. I recommend this book to all members of my team.

$38.16 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


The C# Player’s Guide (4th Edition)

The C# Player’s Guide is a book written by RB Whitaker. The book is the ultimate guide for people starting with C#, to any beginner or an experienced programmer.

The book in your hands is a different kind of programming book. Like an entertaining video game, programming is an often challenging but always rewarding experience. This book shakes off the dusty, dull, dryness of the typical programming book, replacing it with something more exciting and flavorful: a bit of humor, a casual tone, and examples involving dragons and asteroids instead of bank accounts and employees.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

The C# Player’s Guide (4th Edition)

After trying to teach me C# for many years and giving up many times because other resources were painful to read and overly technical, I came across The C# Player’s Guide by chance. This book was a turning point for me. A godsend. The author has a way of speaking to you in a casual, conversational way. The subject matter has now become simple and enjoyable to learn. This book will serve you well if you’re even completely new to programming.

$29.95 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 2020

Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 2020 is a book written by Harrison Ferrone. In this book, you will learn important blocks of programming like variables, methods, conditional statements, classes, and object-oriented systems.

The book also covers topics like creating C# scripts and translating your knowledge to build professional apps.At the end of this book, you’ll get hands-on experience with programming best practices and macro-level topics like manager classes and flexible application architecture.

Latest Beginner Game Programming Guide
Best C# Books for Beginners

Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 2020

I’m not usually one to write reviews, so I’ll be brief. I picked up a handful of books when I undertook the journey of learning Unity. Out of all of them, this was the most straightforward, approachable, and complete, and the only one that I was compelled to read cover to cover. It doesn’t cover everything, but as a primer on the Unity game engine, it’s plenty thorough enough to get you up and running and creating games. Highly recommend.

$20.99 (Kindle)

$33.50 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


Pro C# 9 with .NET 5: Foundational Principles and Practices in Programming

This essential classic provides a comprehensive foundation in the C# programming language and the framework it lives in. Now in its 10th edition, you will find the latest C# 9 and .NET 5 features served up with plenty of “behind the curtain” discussion designed to expand developers’ critical thinking skills when it comes to their craft. Coverage of ASP.NET Core, Entity Framework Core, and more, sits alongside the latest updates to the new unified .NET platform, from performance improvements to Windows Desktop apps on .NET 5, updates in XAML tooling, and expanded.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

Best C# Books for Beginners


Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#

This book presents a series of case studies illustrating the fundamentals of Agile development and Agile design, and moves quickly from UML models to real C# code. The introductory chapters lay out the basics of the agile movement, while the later chapters show proven techniques in action. The book includes many source code examples that are also available for download from the authors’ Web site.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#

I consider this to be the best R. Martin book I have read so far. Others being the “Clean” series books.
Invaluable is a huge practical example where the authors build a software system literally in front of your eyes. Finally, don’t the title mislead you. It is not just a C# book but generally books on software d3sign.

$43.19 (Kindle)

$40.55 (Hardcover)

Best C# Books for Beginners


Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step

Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step is a book written by John Sharp. The book provides guidance, exercises, and code you need to start building responsive, scalable, cloud-connected applications.

The book includes topics like variables, operators, expressions, methods, and program flow. It also helps you to build apps with error, exception, and resource management.

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Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step (Developer Reference) 9th Edition

I got my CS degree long before OOP became a thing and then migrated into marketing so my programming muscles hadn’t been exercised for years. Recently I decided I wanted to re-educate myself and since Visual Studio and C# is easy to get running on my laptop I decided to start there and used this book as my guide. This wasn’t the first book I picked for learning C#, but it has been the best.

$31.69 (Kindle)

$34.59 (Paperback)

Best C# Books for Beginners


C# 9.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference

When you have questions about C# 9.0 or .NET 5, this best-selling guide has the answers you need. C# is a language of unusual flexibility and breadth, but with its continual growth, there’s so much more to learn. In the tradition of O’Reilly’s Nutshell guides, this thoroughly updated edition is simply the best one-volume reference to the C# language available today.

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Best C# Books for Beginners

C# 9.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference

Every few years I buy a big fat C# book so I can keep up with the language. The last time that book was Nagel’s on C# 4.5, and before that Troelson. But those writers’ C# 9.0 books aren’t out yet, so Albahari gets the nod. At 1060 pages this “nutshell” is more coconut than pistachio, but it seems to have everything a practicing programmer needs today. The writing style is clear and to the point, as it must be to cover this much material.

$14.89 (Kindle)

$53.53 (Paperback)


Concurrency in C# Cookbook: Asynchronous, Parallel, and Multithreaded Programming

Concurrency in C# Cookbook is a book written by Stephen Cleary that demonstrates parallel processing and asynchronous programming techniques by using libraries and language features in .NET and C# 8.0. This cookbook also shows you how modern tools help you to make the level of abstraction, making concurrency much easier and effective.

The book offer ready-to-use code and discussions about how and why solutions work, these recipes help you, to solve numerous C# solutions.

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Concurrency in C# Cookbook: Asynchronous, Parallel, and Multithreaded Programming

The examples are easy to understand and everyone in my dev department (including our yoda / god lead develoepr) has learned something. There are a lot of books I recommend for coding style.. this book should be required reading for fully understanding your code… some stuff I haven’t even considered before as it works and I didn’t understand the miss understanding I had.

$24.99 (Kindle)

$44.11 (Paperback)


More Effective C# (Includes Content Update Program)

Effective C# is a book written by Bill Wagner. The book helps the programmer to write exceptionally robust and well-performing code.

The writer’s clear, practical explanations, expert tips, and realistic code examples have made Effective C# indispensable to hundreds of thousands of developers.

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More Effective C# (Includes Content Update Program): 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C# (Effective Software Development Series) 2nd Edition

Il faut reconnaître qu’on dit bien dans la description du livre que c’est pour ceux qui ont au moins une connaissance intermédiaire du langage informatique C#. Et, croyez-moi, ce n’est pas une exagération! Si des sujets comme “Compose Asynchronous Work Using Task Objects” vous intéressent alors ce livre est pour vous. Sinon, je vous conseille quelque chose de plus léger comme “Comment résoudre la quadrature du cercle en dix minutes”…. Autrement dit un excellent ouvrage de référence pour une maîtrise en informatique, pas une vulgarisation du sujet.

$19.79 (Kindle)

$34.92 (Paperback)

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