upon pre-release versions supplied by software manufacturer(s). The author and the publisher make no representation or warranties of any kind with regard to the completeness or accuracyof the contents herein and accept no liability of any kind including but not limited to performance, merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or any losses or damages of any kind caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly from this book.Manufactured in the United States of America10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1For Phyllis, who makes the music in my life
When the music stops, an author alone is responsible for the book he or she has created. Thatsaid, a book such as this is produced through the efforts of many people. Richard Mills andDenise Santoro Lincoln originated this project and brought me into it. Tom Cirtin did a great job of helping to birth this book, and contributed from his vast store of musical knowledge.Mae Lum masterfully handled the logistics as the book became a full-fledged project. PeteGaughan copyedited this book and has substantially helped to make it something we can all be proud of. Matt Tagliaferri provided technical review and helped save me from myself.In addition to team Sybex, I would like to thank my friend and agent, Matt Wagner, and BillGladstone, both of Waterside Productions.I am thankful to Phyllis Davis, who contributed beyond the call of duty in a number of ways,and to Martin Davis, who read several chapters in 'manuscript,' as they quaintly say, and mademany useful suggestions. And thanks to Chris Hopper, who helped with hardware.Last, but not least, a standing ovation for Anders Hejlsberg and Scott Wiltamuth, withoutwhom there would be no C# to write about.
The quotation on the bottom of the front cover is taken from the thirty-fifth chapter of LaoTzu'sTao Te Ching, the classic work of Taoist philosophy. This particular verse is from thetranslation byD. C. Lau (copyright 1963) and communicates a theme explored throughout thebook: true knowledge transcends the ordinary senses.
It is traditionally held that Lao Tzu lived in the fifth century B.C. in China, during the Choudynasty, but it is unclear whether he was actually a historical figure. It is said that he was ateacher of Confucius. The concepts embodied in the Tao Te Ching influenced religiousthinking in the Far East, including Zen Buddhism in Japan. Many in the West, however, havewrongly understood theTao Te Ching to be primarily a mystical work; in fact, much of theadvice in the book is grounded in a practical moral philosophy governing personal conduct.
I dreamed that black-clad horsemen pursued me down a lonely road. The hoofs of their steedsrang with urgent clanks on the paving stones. I turned to look at my pursuers and saw fieryred-rimmed eyes fixed within deathly pale faces. A sword was raised, and as it swept down…