Addison-Wesley, Microsoft and Developmentor Create Definitive Microsoft.Net Series of Books

Addison-Wesley, a Pearson Education company (a business of Pearson plc, NYSE: PSO) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft Corporation and DevelopMentor, a developer training company, to create 'The Microsoft .NET Development Series.' This definitive series of books on .NET will be written by the principal authorities and pioneering developers of the Microsoft .NET technologies.

The series will focus on the design, architecture, and implementation of the Microsoft .NET initiative to empower developers and students everywhere with the knowledge to thrive in the Microsoft .NET revolution. 'This joint series will be a great resource for .NET developers,' said John Montgomery, group product manager for the .NET platform at Microsoft. 'Coupling the .NET architects at Microsoft with the training skills of DevelopMentor means that all the technical bases, from reference to 'how-to' will be covered.'

'DevelopMentor since its inception has been committed to supporting developers who use Microsoft technologies through classroom education, conferences, and, more recently, books,' added Don Box, co-founder of DevelopMentor, who authored Essential COM and co-authored Effective COM and Essential XML. 'We feel privileged to join Addison-Wesley and the Microsoft .NET development team to produce what will be the most authoritative and useful books available on Microsoft .NET development.'

'We have built our business and reputation by publishing practical books that developers need to do their jobs better,' said Addison-Wesley Publisher John Wait. 'We serve our customers well when we encourage the best technologists to document the most important new technologies. By combining the technical talent at Microsoft, the training expertise at DevelopMentor, and the publishing acumen at Addison-Wesley, we will create the definitive Microsoft .NET books.'

The first book of the series, Essential .NET Volume I: The Common Language Runtime (0-201-73411-7), written by Don Box, is due in the spring of 2002. As he did in his acclaimed Essential COM, the author enables developers to take advantage of the full power available to them in Microsoft .NET by going far beyond the features-based 'how-to' books currently on the market to also explain the 'why' behind C#, Microsoft .NET, and the CLR. It promises to be the resource that all developers will reach for first for answers about CLR and Microsoft .NET, and will set the standard for the high level of quality that developers will come to expect from all future books in the series.

Future titles in this series will include guides to the Microsoft .NET Framework's internals, such as the Framework Class Library, Windows Forms and VB.NET, as well as the C# programming language. Look for future titles in this innovative series from leaders of the Microsoft .NET technology at



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