7 Freely available E-Books/Guides I found essential for .NET Programmers and Architects : Amazedsaint’s .net journal

Foundations Of Programming

The Foundation Of Programming Series Free e-book By Karl Seguin is one of my
favorites. It is simple, short and sweet. Especially for ‘casual’ programmers,
this will give a better thought process – that’ll definitely enable them to code
better and think better. This book covers the ALT.NET Philosophy, Domain Driven
Development concepts, DI, TDD etc in a nice way. This book is close to my

Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition

Published by Microsoft, this is an essential read for any Microsoft.NET
developer or Architect to understand the underlying architecture and design
principles and patterns for developing successful solutions on the Microsoft
platform and the .NET Framework. This guide neatly covers popular architecture
patterns, best practices and common challenges you need to understand for
developing .NET applications. Get a good grip on developing enterprise
applications in .NET.

Rob Miles C# Yellow Book 2010

A nice action packed book that takes you through C# and .NET concepts. This
book explains C# language and .NET library in general – with a clear focus on
implementation thought process and best practices.

Threading in C#

A short, neatly written book from Joe Albahari about Threading in C#. This is
a must read for any .NET programmer to understand more about threading in
general, thread pooling, synchronization, Non blocking synchronization, etc. In
this book, Joe even covers the Parallel Framework Extensions and Parallel
programming in .NET

Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability

This guide is again from Microsoft, and focuses on designing your
applications with Performance and scalability in mind. It has sections relevant
to architects, developers, testers, and administrators. Following the checklists
and guidance in this book will ensure that there won’t be any unpleasant
surprises in the end. Read this guide if you develop Enterprise applications in

Applying Design Patterns

This is a quick introduction towards the thought process of applying design
patterns. The objective of the book is to introduce design patterns in a simple
way, so that developers can understand some common patterns and how to apply
them. I wrote that some time back 😉

RefCardz from DZone

DZone has a number of awesome
Ref Cardz (Quick reference sheets) on multiple technologies. You can go to DZone
–> RefCardz to browse and download them (after getting a free DZone Id). Here
are some of my recent favorites


Also, make sure you read 4 .NET 4.0 libraries you should know better
and 6 Visual Studio 2010 Tips to boost your

Some nice suggestions from amazedsaint’s .net journal